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Charles K. Hartmann

Posted By DeJohn Funeral Homes On January 7, 2021 @ 5:18 pm In Obituaries,Willoughby Hills | 16 Comments

Hartmann

CHARLES K. HARTMANN age 81, beloved husband of the late Marie (nee Orban); loving father of Marie and Charles J.; devoted grandfather of John Macalpin (wife Jacie) and Matthew Hartmann; great-grandfather of Adeline Macalpin; cherished son of the late Janos and Piroska (nee Schneider); dearest brother of Babi, Magdaline, and the late Dezso and Tibor; dear uncle and great-uncle of many.

Charles was born on December 17, 1939 in Vorosbereny, Hungary and passed away on January 5, 2021. He proudly fought in the Hungarian Revolution in Oct. 1956., before escaping capture and fleeing to a refugee camp in Austria, where the United States offered him refugee status in America and he set sail by ship to the US. Charlie arrived at US Army’s Camp Kilmer Refugee Camp in New Jersey around Dec. 1956 and eventually arrived in Cleveland later that month where many other Hungarian refugees had also settled. He found his home in the Buckeye Road neighborhood where he had an aunt and uncle who gave him a room in their basement until he found his footing. During this time Charlie served a short time in the United States Army around 1957-58 and was stationed at Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC before receiving an honorable discharge and returning to Cleveland. There, amongst the many wonderful people of Buckeye Road, he found the love of his life, Maria Orban, who was also a Hungarian refugee. Together they married and built a family with their two children, Marie and Charles J. In 1972 he and Marie moved the family to Willoughby Hills. He worked briefly at Ford Motor Company in the early 1960’s before starting a lifelong career on the railroad from around 1962 where he made many friends and helped other young men find jobs. He began with New York Central Railroad, then Penn Central, and lastly Conrail until he retired in 1997. He served for several years as president of the Machinists Local Union at the railroad and loved helping other workers negotiate their grievances. Charlie was also always very interested in world and national politics and knew the importance of everyone’s contribution. He enjoyed traveling to Florida for spring break where he loved to eat at seafood restaurants on family vacations and simply socializing with family and friends. He also appreciated a well-polished yard, which he obtained by gardening and daily yard work. In his younger years he liked going to Watkins Glen in New York to watch the road racing, and cherished his sporting firearms. He was an extremely likable and outgoing man that would always offer to help others. It’s hard to find a single person Charlie met that did not like him, and for that he will be dearly missed.

Contributions may be made in memory of Charles to the Alzheimer’s Association. A private service will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2021, at 2 PM with LIVE STREAMING available on the website. Cremation by DeJohn Crematory. Burial at All Souls Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements by THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS.

 

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Condolence from John Macalpin on January 7th, 2021 8:19 pm

An amazing grandfather and surrogate father to me. I am who I am today because of this great man . If only in anyone’s life you meet someone who so effortlessly did anything for anyone then you are as lucky as I was. Will always miss and love you Apu.

Condolence from cheryl a markusic on January 8th, 2021 6:11 am

Marie & Charles
I am so sorry to hear about your dad.
I enjoyed stopping by the house when he was outside and talking to him.
He will be missed.
I am always keeping you in my prayers.
May the God of Heaven comfort you at this very difficult time.

Condolence from Ron Colonna on January 8th, 2021 8:08 am

Rest In Peace Charlie. I enjoyed all the conversations we had through the years. Thank you for us at the Railroad. You will be missed!

Condolence from David Kosovich on January 8th, 2021 8:20 am

He surely will be missed. Had fun talking to him at work. A very caring person that was willing to help others.

Condolence from MICHELLE MOHYLA on January 8th, 2021 7:19 pm

Rest in peace Mr. Hartmann. I remember my visits to Cleveland fondly because of you.

Condolence from Judy Spangle on January 8th, 2021 11:28 pm

Always a gentleman and kind to everyone.

Condolence from Robert Andrzejczyk on January 9th, 2021 10:28 am

Chuck, Sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. My deepest condolences. Bob A.

Condolence from H.W. Luehrs on January 9th, 2021 11:54 am

Marie & Chuck,
I didn’t know your father well, but on each occasion that I did meet him, he was consistent. He seemed a good man with a solid core philosophy and strongly-held beliefs.
The world could use many more men like that.
Deepest Sympathies,
Heiko

Condolence from Alex and Sofia Partos on January 9th, 2021 2:03 pm

Dear Maria and Chuck, Our condolences to you and your families over your Dad’s passing. May he rest in peace and live in the everlasting joy of God’s love. We will be donating to Wounded Warriors in his name. God bless you and keep you both safe.

Condolence from David P. Martin on January 9th, 2021 2:47 pm

God Bless you Charlie. You will sorely be missed.

Condolence from Robert J. Alicz on January 9th, 2021 2:59 pm

My deepest sympathy and condolences to the Hartmann family on the loss of your loved one, Charles. I had the pleasure of meeting him on several occasions and always enjoyed talking with him. He was always very welcoming. God bless him.

Condolence from Gary Hyde on January 9th, 2021 3:18 pm

Chuck,
So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Condolence from Hartmann Ádám on January 9th, 2021 3:48 pm

Sajnos nem volt sok alkalmunk személyesen találkozni vele, de emlékét szívünkben őrizzük.
Elmesélt történeteire, és az együtt átélt élményekre szívesen emlékszünk vissza.
Őszinte részvétünket küldjük Magyarországról.
Nyugodj békében “Öcsi”!

Hartmann Tiborné Ildikó, Hartmann Tamás és fia Fynn, Hartmann Zoltán, Hartmann Ádám és felesége Vivien

Condolence from Maria Kovacs on January 9th, 2021 8:35 pm

Dear Marika and Karcsi
I’m so sorry for your loss. It was a real pleasure to meeting your family many years ago. For me it was always fun talking with your parents. Your dad was always very kind. My deepest sympathy.

Condolence from Frieda Lorik on January 11th, 2021 2:53 pm

I send my sympathy to the entire family. My husband Tibor who passed away last March also worked at the railroad with Charlie, and the last time I and Tibor saw him and his son Charlie at a railroad function on route 6 in Willoughby a couple years ago when the son Charlie brought him and took a picture of the two and posted on face book. So again my deepest condolences to your family, Frieda Lorik

Condolence from Csilla Hartmann Homan on January 13th, 2021 6:51 am

Dear Marika and Karcsi,
I’ll never forget how much fun we always had and the love we always felt whenever we came to visit you all. One thing that always stays with me is the deep voices Apu and Karcsi bácsi both had. It was as if you could feel their voices vibrating in your chest like a cello or bass viol, especially when they laughed.
Our most heartfelt condolences to you all, we are praying that the LORD Jesus Christ will give you comfort and light in the coming months and years.
Love, Csilla, Jamie, Joshua, Meaghan & Caleb

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