Born to Life
September 22, 1933
June 13, 1950
Born to Eternal Life
November 14, 2021
Our Lady of the Angels
Marie Ann Hartmann was born on September 22, 1933 to Joseph Hartman and Selma Borman in Medford, Wisconsin. She was baptized by Father Gregory Reuter at Our Lady of Rosary Church on October 2, 1933. She was the 9th of 12 children who lived on their farm. With a large family, Marie Ann helped with many of the family and farming chores. She remembered milking 2 cows before going to school and sometimes walking 3 miles back home after school to care for her siblings.
In elementary school, Marie Ann was taught by the School Sisters of St. Francis. At the age of 15, she joined the community where her aunt, Sister Spes was already a member. After her novitiate, (1950-52) Marie whose preference was homemaking, spent three years on mission at St. Monica’s in Whitefish Bay and in Creighton, Nebraska. For the next 10 years she ministered at Madonna High School in Aurora and later at Alverno College in Milwaukee using her time and homemaking skills which pleased many of the students and teaching staff.
In 1966 (to 1968), Sister Marie attended the Milwaukee Area Technical College. She continued using her dietary skills at Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Hospital. Later, she worked with the Sisters in Campbellsport as a driver and was responsible for the sisters sewing room.
(1972 -1980) For 8 years, Sister Marie worked at Marian Heights Nursing home as a purchasing agent and assisted with the dietary needs. Later, she was given the opportunity to attend Chef’s School for institutional cooking. Shortly after, she was invited to the Companionship Program offered by the Catholic Social Services in Milwaukee. And finally, she spent 2 more years assisting the Xaverian Missionaries in food services.
It was in 1984 (-1995) that Sister Marie found her special love; to visit with the residents in nursing homes and many in their own homes. She gave them whatever care was needed, supporting them in any capacity so they could remain independent in their own home as long as possible. She greatly enjoyed this part of her ministry because she was able to help so many remain active and interested in life. She especially enjoyed this companionship with the residents at the Mercy Apartments where she assisted not only the elders but also the physical challenged residents as well.
In 1995, Sister Marie returned to St Joseph and Sacred Heart Convents, where she continued to assist in the many ministries of being a receptionist, answering phones and continuing ministry to our retired sisters.
After 60 years of active ministry and service, Sister Marie retired to St. Joseph Convent in Campbellsport. And in 2016, she moved to Our Lady of the Angels where she spent time in prayer and enjoyed life in a new way with other sister residents. She even had the opportunity to dog sit which she enjoyed very much since she had a special fondness for all of God’s creation.
After 71 years of dedicated service as a School Sister of St Francis, Sister Marie may you know of our gratitude, and may God grant you His everlasting light and peace. Amen.
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Sister Marie Ann
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