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Born: Jul 09, 1945

Date of Passing: Apr 27, 2021

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July 9, 1945 - April 27, 2021

On April 27, 2021 Mary E. Hartmann, age 75 of Loveland, Colorado, died after a long battle with cancer. It would be wrong to say that Mary lost her battle because she never stopped fighting, No matter how sick she was, she was always determined, with grace, dignity and humour.
Mary was born on July 9, 1945 in Ontario, Canada. She graduated from the University of Manitoba and went on to achieve multiple advanced degrees including Masters Degrees in the areas of Speech Language Pathology and Early Childhood Education from the University of Iowa, as well as a Masters Degree in Special Education from the University of Maryland. She taught overseas for many years in the Department of Defense Schools in Heidelberg and Wiesbaden, Germany and Yokota schools in Japan before retiring to Loveland, Colorado in 2015.
Mary was very active and enjoyed many outdoor activities to include hiking, biking, skiing, and golfing. She grew up spending her summers at the Lake of the Woods in Ontario, Canada and returned every summer to kayak, boat and spend time with her sisters and cousins.
Her overseas teaching career created a love for travel to all points of the globe, including a trek in the Himalayas. She enjoyed reading and was a keen and passionate follower of current events and politics.
Her grace, dignity, and even her humour during her long standoff with cancer has been a humbling lesson in courage and the power of the will to enjoy every day of her remarkable life, regardless of the obstacles. Family and friends are all unified in our grief as we have always been in our shared love and friendship and for that we are grateful in the moment of profound loss.
Mary is survived by her life partner, Lee Kirsh of Loveland, Colorado and her sons, Curtis Hartmann of Eureka Springs, AR (wife Shasta, son Jericho) and John Hartmann of Carbondale, CO, (wife Megan, son Hunter), and sisters, Norah Richards and Peggy Peterson of Winnipeg, Canada. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elswood and Ethel Richards of Winnipeg, Canada and her former husband, James R. Hartmann.
A private family Celebration of Life has been planned.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your favourite cancer fighting organization such as the Canadian Cancer Society.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 15, 2021

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