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Elizabeth Kovach Gessler, 82

  Elizabeth Kovach Gessler of Summerfield, FL, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on February 13, 2017.  She was born August 7, 1934 in Latrobe, PA, the daughter of the late John J. Kovach and Elizabeth C. (Tarnazie) Kovach.  
  She was a professed member of the (O.F.S.) Order Franciscan Secular since 1954, and member of the San Damiano Fraternity, Summerfield, FL.
  She was a graduate of St. Xavier Academy and of St. Francis Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, Pittsburgh, PA.  She was a retired Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).  She worked at Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg, PA and Saginaw General Hospital in Saginaw, MI.  She was a member of St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church. 
  She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 60 years, John Albert Gessler; five children: Janine (David) Hubinger, Carlsbad, CA; John (Helen) Gessler, Sydney, Australia; Joyce (Joseph) Mello, Waynesboro, VA; Therese (Mark) Rodammer, Stuarts Draft, VA; Michael (Cynthia) Gessler, Twinsburg, OH; fourteen grandchildren: Katie (Ryan) Furtado, Meagan (Chendhore) Veerappan, Christopher (Angelica) Hubinger, David Michael Hubinger, Shaun Hamilton Gessler, Danielle Patrice Gessler, Zachary (Megan) Mello, Lauren Elizabeth Mello, Peter Andrew Mello, Jacob Thomas Mello, Nicholas Mark Rodammer, Noah Alexander Rodammer, Rachel Ann Gessler and Sarah Ann Gessler; a great granddaughter, Indira Grace Furtado; one sister, Scholastica (Kovach) Geary and many nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two siblings John Kovach and Albert Kovach.
  Family, friends and others whose lives she touched celebrated the life of Elizabeth on February 17 at the Hartman-Graziano Funeral Home, Inc.,  Latrobe, PA. A funeral mass was celebrated February 18th, in St. Vincent Basilica, Latrobe, PA. Interment followed in St. Vincent Cemetery. 
  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society at To post an online condolence, please visit 


Florence Hartman, 94

  Florence Emma Hartman, 94, of Saginaw, died early Tuesday morning, February 21, 2017 at Medilodge of Frankenmuth. She was born March 2, 1922 in Reese, daughter of the late John M. and Alma M. (Mueller) Heinlein and attended Reese schools. As a child, Florence would ride her bike from Arthur to Immanuel for catechism instruction, and then to the Korf School. Before she married, she stayed with families in Saginaw, doing housekeeping and taking care of their children. She also worked at the Old Fisher Hotel in Frankenmuth and Lufkin Rule in Saginaw. On September 20, 1941 she was married to Frederick W. Hartman in the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Frankentrost. He predeceased her November 6, 2010. Mrs. Hartman was a terrific homemaker, grew beautiful flowers, gave numerous plates of Christmas cookies to others, loved playing cards, especially euchre, was on a bowling league for several years, and enjoyed Sunday get-togethers. Her pride and joy were her family and friends. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Saginaw before transferring to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Frankentrost in 2010. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #229 in Frankentrost and volunteered her time and talents at the Aleda E. Lutz Veterans Hospital in Saginaw.
  Surviving is her son, Duane Hartman, Frankenmuth and her daughter, Janice (Bob) Wilkinson, Munising; three grandchildren, Tony (Sue) Hartman, Lake Orion; Andrew (Shawn) Hartman, Washington Township; and Christopher Hartman, Mt. Morris; and five great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her two sisters, Margaret Herzberg, Saginaw; Doris Bauer, Reese; and her sister-in-law, Janet Heinlein, Reese; In addition to her parents and husband, Florence was predeceased by her daughter-in-law, Jane Hartman, her brothers, Delbert Heinlein and Edward Heinlein, sister-in-law, Irlitta Huebner and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Conrad Herzberg, Herb Bauer, Mary and Elmer Hartman, and Neoma and Ray Hartman.
  Funeral and Committal Services will take place at 11am Saturday, February 25, 2017 from the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Frankentrost with  the Reverend Mark Loest officiating. Burial will take place in the Eastlawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Saginaw. Florence’s family will receive friends at the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home, 9940 Saginaw Street in Reese on Friday from 4-7pm and at the church on Saturday from 10am until the time of the services. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Immanuel Lutheran Church, the American Cancer Society, or the donor’s favorite charity. 



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