She and her early siblings rode bareback on a mule to attend elementary school. When there were more than three, she drove a horse-drawn buckboard. After leaving the one-room school, Mary moved to St. Genevieve and earned room and board living at the convent by cleaning, washing, cooking and ironing.
She was one of five original freshmen at Valle High in St. Genevieve. Those five, two girls and three boys, were the first ever to graduate. Mary was grand marshall leading the 75th anniversary of Valle High homecoming parade, fittingly riding a horse-drawn buckboard. She was the only class survivor.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Edgar C. Hartmann; her parents, her brothers: Reynold, Benjamine and Francis Trautman; her sisters: Darsey Pullen, Angeline Basler and Marcianna Greunninger; numerous nieces, nephews, uncles and aunts.
Survivors include one son: Edgar C. Hartmann, Jr., of rural Verona; one daughter: Marilyn L. Willenberg, of Belleview, Mo.; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Mary was an Eastern Star member for over 50 years. She was a talented seamstress, loved music, enjoyed swimming at the YWCA, fishing and canoeing. She had her first driving lesson after the age of 60 and easily passed her drivers license test.
The family is eternally grateful to the management and staff of Camelot Nursing Home for the wonderful care afforded Mary during her stay there.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28 at Ziegenhein and Sons Funeral Home in south St. Louis. Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 29.