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Joseph N. Hartmann

Died: Wednesday, October 08, 2003
Joseph N. Hartmann, 73, of Grosse Pointe Farms, died suddenly on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003, at his home.

Born in Detroit and a graduate of Wayne State University, Mr. Hartmann worked as a reporter for The Detroit News for 13 years.

He later joined the Wayne County Road Commission, eventually retiring as the commission's executive director.

Mr. Hartmann then went on to head two private ground transportation companies, one of which he helped found.

An active supporter of Most Holy Trinity Church in Detroit, Mr. Hartmann was one of a small group who began the church's annual smelt fry, now in its 44th year. The fundraising classic began after someone left 250 pounds of live smelt at Jacoby's Bar downtown. Mr. Hartmann and his friends organized the event in only a few days, selling tickets at $5 apiece, donating the money to the church and beginning a fundraising tradition that continues today.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine; his daughters, Lisa Meng and Amy (Charles) Taylor; and his grandson, Charlie Taylor.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, Oct. 11, at Most Holy Trinity Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Joseph N. Hartmann Scholarship Fund, Most Holy Trinity Church, 1050 Porter, Detroit, MI 48226.
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