Ethel Hartman

The campus community mourns the passing of Ethel Hartman, 96, who died on Friday, March 11, 2016.  Ethel worked as a secretary for the University for 25 years, and prior to retirement in 1982, she worked in the department now known as East Asian Studies.

She was born Feb. 16, 1920, the same month as her late husband of 58 years, Paul E. Hartman (1911-1998). She was a graduate of Lewisburg High School and Harrisburg Secretarial School, and was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Lewisburg,

Ethel enjoyed her life, living and taking good care of her family on Market Street in Linntown, for 20 years on a farm estate in Dry Valley, for 15 years in Vero Beach, Fla., and finally, during the last 15 years of her life at Willowbrook Community in Lewisburg, along the same RD3 farm road where she was born.

Ethel is survived by one son, Paul Herbert Hartman, of Lewisburg; two daughters, Yvonne Lou Erdley, of Montoursville, and Cozette Sue Haggerty, of Springfield, Massachussetts; seven grandchildren, Nicole Erdley, Stephen Hartman, Renee Eakin, Megan Soares, Yvette Erdley, Elizabeth Hartman and Erin Haggerty; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her late husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Marlin Sauers, of Lewisburg, and Percy Sauers, of New Berlin.

Funeral and church services are planned for April, with the dates and times to be announced shortly.

Members of the Bucknell Community are encouraged to visit our In Memoriam Site at and share personal notes of sympathy and remembrance with others.

On behalf of the entire Bucknell community, I extend our deepest sympathies to Ethel’s family, as well as to all who knew her at Bucknell.


John C. Bravman

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