Bernadette Hartman | Death notice |


BRADLEY – Bernadette M. “Bernie” Hartman, 90, of Bradley, passed away Thursday, October 7, 2021 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

She was born on August 9, 1931 in Omaha, Neb., Daughter of John and Mary (Kaiser) Pitzl. She was the seventh of ten children. She married LaVerne P. Hartman on July 11, 1953 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bradley. He predeceased her in death on January 10, 2011.

Bernie was a retired accountant for Bisallion Bros. and Duane Dean Rehab Center. She was president and secretary of the Kankakee Art League. Bernie enjoyed painting, knitting, crafts, and walking. She excelled in art, painting oil and watercolor paintings for her family and friends. She also enjoyed gardening and playing cards. Bernie was a keeper of memories, having documented photos and memories from childhood. She loved to travel and was able to visit all of the states in the United States.

The survivors are two sons, Chad Hartman and Becky Woods, of Monee, and Brent Hartman, of Bradley; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Deborah and Bill Corum, of Bradley, and Carmen and Bob Schneider, of Bourbonnais; eight grandchildren, Abigail Hartman, Brandon Hartman, Adam Hartman, Steven Corum (Amanda Osenga), Stacy (Chris) Elroy, Kevin Corum, Brian (Shari) Schneider and James (Amanda) Coats; 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Amelia Norman, from Omaha, Neb., and Agnes Norman, from Arkansas; a brother and sister-in-law, John and Mary Pitzl, of Omaha, Neb .; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, LaVerne Harman, she was predeceased by her parents; two brothers, Tony Pitzl and Leo Pitzl; four sisters, Evelyn Hudgens, Johanna Norman, Marie Rickel and Madeline Niemeyer; and a granddaughter, Renee Schneider-Coats.

Visitations will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, October 11 at the Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Funeral Home in Kankakee. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 12, also at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the All Saints’ Day cemetery in Bourbonnais.

Briefs can be made at the Riverside Cancer Institute.

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