AURORA, Colo.—Kathy Sue Hartman, 57, of Aurora, Colo., formerly of Savanna, died Thursday, March 21, 2019.
A Celebration of Life luncheon will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in Antl Hall at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Savanna. Please join our family in celebration of Kathy's life. She was a sunny spring day, the spark plug of family gatherings, the fun sister that family vied to host during her visits from Colorado.
Kathy was born Jan. 7, 1962, in Savanna, the daughter of Ivan and Vernette (Beck) Hartman. She graduated from Savanna Community High School, Class of 1980. Kathy attended Northern Illinois University before moving to the Quad Cities where she graduated from A.I.C. Business School in Davenport, Iowa.
Upon relocating to Denver, Colo., Kathy worked for the Charles Schwab investment firm as a financial services representative for eight years. Her assiduous attention to detail coupled with her highly personable nature made her a shining example in her profession. Kathy embraced the unofficial title of Office Mom, as she was never without kind encouraging words for her fellow co-workers.
When her family visited Colorado, she always scheduled a full itinerary. Whether it was white water rafting, shopping mall skydiving, horseback riding, skiing at Eldora, soaking in the hot springs at Glenwood Springs, or riding the Cog up Pikes Peak, we were always assured first class adventures.
Kathy's wit and timing was the stuff of legend. She was an excellent Scrabble player and a walking compendium of quotations from the Seinfeld television series.
There have been times when her friends and family have forgotten a card or a call on her birthday, but she never forgot our birthdays and special occasions. Her thoughtful cards with a Starbucks gift card will be missed.
To her friends and family Kathy wanted them to know that she was not afraid of dying. In some last texts to her family, Kathy writes:
"Lastly, I love my family, friends, co-workers, Halo (her little rescue dog) and Shelly, for their support and understanding during this journey...I wish it had a different outcome, but this was His plan for me. If you see a penny pick it up...or if you see a streetlamp go out, know that it is just me saying Hello, and I am alright. — Love to Lots, Kath, Kat, Aunt Ka Ka, KK, Lb, HaloMom, Kathy XO."
She is survived by her partner of 25 years, Shelly Davis; three sisters, Mollie (William) Lego of Rockford, Marlene (Dennis) Kessler of Mount Carroll, and Lu Anne (Dan) Heim, of Galena; one brother, Eric (Lisa) Hartman of Sabula, Iowa; amd nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces.
Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, Ivan and Vernette Hartman.