Mr. Fred E. Hartmann, age 75, a lifelong Ilion resident, beloved husband of Rose Marie M. (Bumbolo) Hartmann, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, May 4, 2023 at MVHS, St. Luke's Campus, New Hartford, with the love and support of his family by his side.
Fred was born in Ilion, NY on June 5th, 1947, the son of Frederick and Doris (Hartleb) Hartmann. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1965. He then went on to Boston University where he completed his Bachelor’s in Biology. Fred continued his education achieving his Masters in Science (Education) from Syracuse University.
Fred was well known in his community and involved in many organizations. He was a member of the Mohawk YMCA Board of Directors; he was the co-chairman of Christmas in Ilion where he played a role in keeping the Christmas spirit alive for the valley. He was a member of the zoning boards and a Village of Ilion Trustee. He was also a member of the Mason Society. If there was an opportunity to improve something in his town, Fred was joining forces to try and make a difference.
However, Fred’s true passion was in his love for his students and athletes. He spent his life teaching science to students until his retirement From Mohawk Central School in 2009. He coached numerous sports and was the head football coach at Mohawk for 12 years. Fred was a unique and one-of-a-kind teacher. If you run into one of his students today, they would have a funny story or one of his famous quotes to share. Fred’s legacy will live on through his teachings, his role in the community and the love he had for his family. He was a man with a great pride and Fred would love nothing more than to leave everyone with his best piece of advice, “Aim Low, Avoid Disappointment.”
In addition to his parents, Fred was predeceased by his grandson, Axel James Hartmann. Surviving family, in addition to his wife, Rose Marie, are his sons, Robert and wife Mary Hartmann (Massachusetts), Daniel Hartmann (Connecticut) and James and wife, Bree Hartmann (Oswego, NY) and daughter, Jennifer and husband Shawn Walrath (Ilion, NY), his grandchildren, Olivia, Avella, Zoey, and Cooper Hartmann, Sascha and wife Ashley Congdon, Seth Colangelo and Adam Walrath, his brother, Kurt and Wife Maureen, his sister, Mary and husband Joseph Baggetta, as well as many nieces and nephews, that he adored.
As per the request of Fred's wife, Rose Marie, funeral arrangements are under the direction and care of Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5, between Little Falls and St. Johnsville, 315-508-5131, and there will be no scheduled services.