Fredrick I. "Fritz" Hartmann

Fredrick I. "Fritz" Hartmann, 79, of Fredonia, died at his home Monday, Jan. 9, 2006, with his family at his side.

Fritz was born Sept. 28, 1926 in Milwau-kee, the son of the late Fred-rick and Ida (Reinke) Hart-mann, and mar-ried Delphine Melius in Ba-tavia on Dec. 27, 1949.

Also in 1949, he and his father started the Hartmann Sand and Gravel Co., which is still operated by the Hartmann-Rathke families today.

Fritz also worked at Gehlís in West Bend, drove school bus for Degnitz and worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Fredonia from 1966 until his retirement in 1988.

He was a member of St. Paul Community UCC in Waubeka where he served on various church boards, and as past president and also sang in the choir and menís quartet.

He served on the school board during the building of Grandview School.

Fritz was also a member of the St Paul Evangelical Cemetery Board.

He was an avid bowler and sponsor for teams in Random Lake and Waubedonia Bowling Leagues.

He enjoyed playing sheeps-head, traveling, gardening, and watching baseball.

Fritz and his wife had 12 enjoyable years wintering in Texas.

Survivors include his wife, Delphine; three daughters, Karen (James) Vorpahl and Gail (Dale) Demler, both of Random Lake, and Linda (Wayne) Rassel of Hamilton, Ohio; a daughter-in-law, Marilyn (Mickey) Sabec of Fredonia; one son, Dennis (Don-na) Hartmann of Fredonia; 12 grandchildren, Jamie (Lina) Vor-pahl, Leslie (Chuck) Beistle, Amy (Scott) Weyker, Jodi (Chad) Keller, Doug Hartmann, Marcus (fianceé Amy) Demler, Dan (friend Teresa) Hartmann, Kyle (friend Jessica) Demler, Ashley (Jamie) Smallish, Mark Sabec, Amanda Rassel and Greg Rassel; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Lorraine (Arnold) Kessel of Cedarburg, and a brother, Harold (friend Arlene Klein) Hartmann of Fredonia.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a son, Rick Hart-mann; a sister, Bernice Peterson; two brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Random Lake, with the Rev. Ned Dorau, pastor, officiating.

Burial will take place in St. Paul Evangelical Cemetery in Waubeka.

Friends may call at the Wenig Funeral Home in Oostburg on Friday from 3 to 8 p.m., and also on Saturday at the church, from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m.

A memorial fund will be established in his name for Hospice Advantage or the charity of the donorís choice.

Online condolences may be emailed to wenig@wenigfuneralhome.com.