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Obituary for Dolores R. Hartman (Recktenwald)

Dolores Ann Recktenwald Hartman, 84, of Louisville, Kentucky entered into eternal rest on April 2, 2024 following a long and beautiful life. Preceding Dolores in death are her husband, Harry Hartman; parents, Antionette and Raymond Recktenwald; brothers, Donald Recktenwald, Robert Recktenwald, Raymond J. Recktenwald; and sister-n-law, LaVerne Anderson, Peggy Page, and Lillian Recktenwald. She is survived by her brothers, Gilbert (Sue) Recktenwald, Tom (Joyce) Recktenwald; sister-n-law, Barbara Recktenwald, Jeanne Recktenwald; God children, Doug Recktenwald, Pat Recktenwald; and numerous nieces and nephews which she adored dearly. A mass will be held in her honor at 10:00 am on April 8, 2024 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Memorial donations may be made to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Dolores Hartman lived a life full of joy, faith, and grace. She was a devout Catholic and member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. She attended Most Blessed Sacrament and Presentation High School. She earned a bachelor's degree from Nazareth College and a master’s degree from Ohio State University. Dolores was an accomplished pianist and taught music education to students at Auburndale and Highland Middle Schools. She married the love of her life, Harry Hartman, July 7, 1973 and spent the next 28 years building a wonderful life together, spending time with family, traveling, and growing deeper in their faith.

After Harry’s passing, Dolores continued to prioritized the importance of family, helping others, and her love for Jesus. She hosted and attended many family events over the years, and always made time to send handwritten cards for birthdays, anniversaries, and special occasions. Dolores volunteered for years to help others in the community. For over fifteen years, she spent many weekdays at an elementary school and worked with struggling students. She chaperoned countless plays and musicals at the Kentucky Center for the Arts and the Louisville Palace. Dolores' passion for the Lord continued until her final days. In recent years, she spent a lot of her time attending group meetings at church, going on mission trips, participation in bible studies, and attending service regularly at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Dolores Hartman lived her life with grace, a strong faith in Jesus, unmatched compassion for others, fierce independence, and joyful humor. While she will be greatly missed by all that knew her, we take comfort in knowing she is home with the Lord.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,...
Plans to give you hope and a future….
You will seek me and find me
When you seek me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:11-13