Lillie Mae Hartl, age 94, passed to New Life on March 12, 2017, at Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd in New Rockford, ND. She was born In Superior Township near New Rockford, ND, on April 25, 1922, the fourth daughter of William Conrad and Dora (Zehrfeld) Christ. There she attended rural school and graduated from New Rockford High School after which she earned her teaching certificate from Valley City Teachers’ College (now known as Valley City State University) in Valley City, ND. She taught for 10 years in various Eddy and Wells County rural schools, followed by 20 years teaching 5th and 6th graders at St. James Grade School in New Rockford.
Lillie was united in marriage to Staff Sergeant Vincent E. Hartl on July 28, 1945, while he was stationed with the U.S. Army in Columbia, South Carolina. They later raised their 5 daughters and twin sons on the family farm near New Rockford, which they farmed with Vincent’s brother, Edward. Vincent died on April 30, 1991. Lillie moved to Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd in August 2013.
Lillie loved her immediate and extended family and enjoyed her teaching career, music, reading books and reciting poetry. She had a gift for memorizing long poems and expected her students to do the same. Family trips in a small station wagon with her family of 9 were memorable adventures. In response to the lean years she experienced in her youth, Lillie took great joy in ensuring her family and guests were well-nourished. She was gratified over the years by encounters with many of her former students and enjoyed their shared memories.
For many years, Lillie was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, Superior Homemakers’ Club, N.D. Retired Teachers’ Association and St. Cecilia’s Circle of St. John’s Altar Society. Lillie was known for her kind and compassionate heart and unconditional love. She had her own unique brand of humor which often caught her family off-guard and delighted. She always managed to make everyone feel welcome and included.
Those left to mourn her passing and honor her memory are 2 daughters, Linda (Wilfrid) Lies, Fargo, ND, and Lois (Bill) Schafer, West Fargo, ND; 2 sons, Thomas (Dawn), New Rockford and Timothy (Kim Brown), Sheyenne, ND; 10 grandchildren, Shannon (Ron) Thompson, Matthew (Jessy) Diem, Ryan (Emily) Schafer, Jeremy (Heidi) Geske, Matthew (Ili) Geske, Ben (Caitie) Wagner, Jessica (Case) Dillon, Reid (Cody) Hartl, Tessa Hartl and Jared Hartl; 13 great-grandchildren and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Lillie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; 3 daughters, Rita Barbeau, Patricia Wagner and Renee Geske; a grandson, Eric Schafer; 4 sisters, Margaret Cann, Ida Womacks, Wilma Guler and Betty Christ; and 1 brother, Reynold Christ.
ROSARY & VIGIL SERVICE:
Friday (March 17th), Rosary at 6:30PM, Vigil Service at 7PM, all in St. John's Catholic Church
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:
St. John's Catholic Church, New Rockford, ND
DATE AND TIME:
Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 10:30AM
St. John's Catholic Cemetery
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Name: Richard Gaffrey
Message: Your mother was my 5th and 6th grade teacher at St. James Grade School in 1964-65, and I have very fond memories of her. My condolences to you.
Name: Tom Hartl
Message: I received a call from Gertie Bauer tonight. She wanted our family to know how sorry she is about the loss of our mom. She said the years she spent with Lillie at college were the happiest years of her life. She said Mom calmed her anxieties with her happy and carefree spirit. She thinks of Mom often and misses her dearly.
Name: Sr. Lorraine Schmaltz
Message: My love and prayers are with you, the family of Lillie. I have fond and loving memories of her, when I taught next to her at St. James. I can still hear her laugh that could raise the spirits of all around. She is now ever closer to you and her loving God.
Peace and love, Sr. Lorraine
Name: Sylvia Hulbert
Message: It was always so special to see Lillie, usually at the annual thresher reunion. The last time I saw her was when she was with Ida. I remember the old days when my sisters were in 4H, and families would meet at one house or another. Sincere sympathy in the loss of your mom.
God bless , Sylvia
Name: Ellen Pfeiffer
Message: She was one of my favorite teachers at Superior Township school. I had her for fourth and fifth grade. She taught me so many things besides the school subjects. She was a wonderful person to emulate. I remember her family also. May God's peace and comfort keep you all at her loss.
Name: Sister Bernadette Trecker
Date: March 16, 2017
Message: My sympathy to you as you mourn the death of Lillie. I remember her as such a cheerful and positive person when we taught together at St. James Academy. May she rest in peace, enjoying the divine poetry.
Name: Kent Greff
Message: I enjoyed Mrs. Hartl as a teacher at St. James Grade School and as a mother of two good friends. She was a wonderful teacher and mother! I have passed the Hartl farm on many occasions and the family is usually outside enjoying each other and some activity. I attribute this to Mrs. Hartl - she was just that type of person - she brought people together. May your family find peace in your wonderful memories of a remarkable woman. My sincere condolences to all.
Name: Sr Andrea Arendt
Date: March 15, 2017
Message: My sympathy and prayers are with your family as you grieve the death of Lillie Hartl. She was ever so loving and caring for everyone. May you give her the best send off with her funeral.
Name: Daniel Laber
Message: I have been truly blessed to have Mrs. Hartl as my teacher at Superior Township school...She was a wonderful women and had a great family to go with it....May she rest in peace....God Bless
Name: Sr.Marcelline Sookov
Message: Your mother , Lillie, was a very special woman , kind and so helpful to all. May your many memories with God's help , bring you comfort and support. I will remember her and all of you in my prayers.
Blessings & love, Sister Marcelline
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