FLOYD and VIOLET HARTWIG
FUNERAL HOME
Stephens & Bean Funeral Chapel
202 North Teilman
Fresno, CA
Both were born in Fresno, CA, and passed on February 11, 2015. After a brief illness they passed on the same day while holding hands. He enlisted in the United States Navy on December 15, 1942, and served in World War II, in the Pacific. He was awarded the following medals, Victory World War II American Theatre, Good Conduct-Asiatic Pacific and Phillippine Liberation. During the six years he served in the Navy, he participated in all the major battles in the American Theatre. He was on board the LST 463 Naval ship at Bikini O'Toole when the first atomic bomb was detonated. His ship was credited with downing five Japanese planes. His ship crossed the equator 26 times. He was honorably discharged in 1948. He married "Vi" while home on shore leave in August 1947. After his discharge he returned to the Fresno area and started farming on his ranch in Easton, CA, along with "Vi". They chopped cotton and fed turkeys side by side. They were very proud of the fact that they did all their own work right up to the last week. "Vi" was very devoted to her family; sewing, cooking, gardening, and volunteering for the PTA. She enjoyed the times when the family sat together at the dinner table and laughed and worked together on the ranch. She enjoyed long visits with family in the breezeway and under the big tree that stood in their front yard. "Vi" always said she lived every day to the fullest. Floyd and "Vi" are survived by their children, Donna Scharton and her husband Jerry, Carol Johnson and her husband Carl, Kenneth Hartwig and his wife Betty. They have four grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren that they loved dearly. She is also survived by her sister, Betty Jones; brother, Donald Johansen and his wife Francine; and sister-in-law, Allie Johansen. We would like to thank their care giver, Ginnie Dowdy; and Optimal Hospice. Visitation will be held at Stephens and Bean Chapel on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at Stephens & Bean Chapel on Thursday, February 19, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. Remembrances may be made to Children's Hospital NICU, 9300 Valley Childrens Place, Madera, CA 93638; or Wounded Warriors Project, P.O.Box 758517, Topeka, KS, 66675. Stephens & Bean Chapel, 202 North Teilman Avenue, Fresno, California (559)268-9292
Published by Fresno Bee on Feb. 18, 2015.
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Rest in Peace
Scott Chamberland
March 3, 2015
A true love story.
Neal
March 1, 2015
My condolences for your loss. What a beautiful love story .
Yogesh Gupta
March 1, 2015
Just beautiful
February 28, 2015
An American Dream come true.
February 28, 2015
What a loving tribute, thank you for letting the world know about this enduring love story and giving us a glimpse into their life and it
their Ultimate death.
February 28, 2015
What a precious love story. They didn't even have to wait on each other in Heaven. It is stories like this that make you believe in true love again...the way love is supposed to be. Thank you so much for sharing this precious story.
Donna Ashworth
February 27, 2015
My deepest sympathies to your family. Both my parents passed 4 hours apart in a very similar manner. It was a blessing and a miracle for me. I hope you find the same comfort. God bless.
Terri
February 27, 2015
Thank you for sharing their love and yours. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
lisa moy
February 27, 2015
Their love story has been on news, that touched people around the world. Their story and love will pass on. Offer my condolences to the family and the relatives.
Ken Chester
February 27, 2015
What a sweet couple! While I send my sympathy for your loss, I feel joy when I think of the beautiful picture of love the story tells. This is true love despite. Thank you for sharing it with the world. Most of us have forgotten it really can exist if we want it to.
Jill H
February 26, 2015
What a beautiful love story of two lives well-lived! Keep them close in your hearts and cherish your memories.
Martha Gay
February 26, 2015
My daughter sent me this wonderful but touching obituary of two dedicated couple. I encouraged
the LST Assoc. to gather the crew in Toledo, Ohio in 1983. he may have been in the USN
Armed Guard Gun crews prior to LST. America
has lost one of it's GREATEST HEROES of WW II
C.A.Lloyd-Chairman [email protected]
February 26, 2015
Thank you for sharing the memory of your lovely parents. I did not know them but I live in the area and read the story. So warm and inspiring. Thank you.
D D
February 26, 2015
What a love story. They was so blessed to have each other. I heard of your story on my local news here in akron ohio and was so very touched and wanted to extend my deepest condolences to your family. How comforting it must be for you they passed together as they did. Cherish your memories.
amy
February 26, 2015
My sympathies go out to your family. I read the beautiful article on line and I couldn't resist finding the obituary to send you this message to tell you it warmed my heart to read the article.
You will always have the best memories of your parents. That's the way I want to go...with my husband right with me !
February 26, 2015
I have read this story and printed it from the many articles I have read today on Mr. & Mrs. Hartwig. So very touching and intend to share it with my family. May you find peace and blessings in what your parents stand for. Love like this is what we should truly find in Life. Thanks for sharing ... A True Love Story!
Rosie Landeros
February 26, 2015
susan colbert
February 26, 2015
Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same

They are the thousand winds that blow,
They are the diamond glints on early snow,
They are the sunlight on the ripened grain,
They are the gentle breeze and autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
They are the swift, uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
They are the brightest stars that shine at night.
Do not think of them as gone -
As they'll always be with us in each new dawn.

If Roses grow in Heaven,
Lord please pick a bunch for me
Place them in this couple's arms
And tell them they're from me
In Loving Memory of Floyd and Violet Hartwig
Kate Hill
February 26, 2015
Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts,
and we are never the same

They are the thousand winds that blow,
They are the diamond glints on early snow,
They are the sunlight on the ripened grain,
They are the gentle breeze and autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
They are the swift, uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
They are the brightest stars that shine at night.

Do not think of them as gone -
As they'll always be with us in each new dawn.

If Roses grow in Heaven,
Lord please pick a bunch for me
Place them in this couple's arms
And tell them they're from me
In Loving Memory of Floyd and Violet Hartwig
Kate Hill
February 26, 2015
Sorry for your loss but you are blessed to have such wonderful parents. My grandparents met on a Greyhound bus out of Chicago and married 1 year later till they passed in 2003 and 2004. I miss them everyday. My grandma said on her deathbed"son I'm going to heaven, promise me I'll see you there" and I promised her that I would.
God bless you
James Beltz
February 25, 2015
Our nearest neighbors for 38 years. Offering our condolences and prayers to the family.
Gene & Frances Silveira
February 22, 2015
My condolence's and Prayers for the family
Sandy Barker
February 19, 2015
Hi Donna & Jerry & Cynthia, So sorry to hear the loss of your Parents & Grand Parents! My Condolences for you & your Family. :-(
Dennis Schroeder
February 18, 2015
May the God of comfort give the family comfort, hope and peace to get through this grevious time......
February 18, 2015
RIP Uncle Floyd and Aunt Vi. Floyd, always a gentleman and Vi always a lady.
Dennis Johansen
February 18, 2015
RIP Uncle Floyd and Aunt Viley.. As I got older Floyd still always called me bubby. A real gentleman and a lady .My thoughts and prayers are with the Hartwig and Johansen family.That picture hung on my grandma and grandpas wall for as long as I can remember.
Dennis Johansen
Stockton, CA.
February 18, 2015
I remember that picture. Sorry I can not make it down but it is a 17 hour drive. You are in my heart. Love, Judy Johansen Thomas, Washington
February 18, 2015
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
Stephens & Bean Chapel
February 17, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you all! Love Pam
Pam Ball (Johansen)
February 17, 2015
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