Sister Monica Mary Hartmann, F.M.M.


NORTH SMITHFIELD – Franciscan Missionary of Mary Sister Monica Mary Hartmann, 91, of the Ein Karim Community, died Oct. 26 at St. Antoine Residence.

Sister Hartmann was born May 22, 1921, in Kiel, Wis., daughter of the late Edward and Elizabeth (Dorn) Hartmann. She entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary on Dec. 15, 1939 in North Providence.

After pronouncing her first vows on Dec. 15, 1941, she was sent to minister in Harlem, N.Y., at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, a shelter for infants and young children. After pronouncing her final vows in 1944 she was transferred to Cincinnati, Ohio where she served as the assistant to the superior and as sacristan.

Her assignment in 1946 was as sacristan in St. Francis Cardiac Hospital Chapel. In 1955 she was sent to minister to the Navajo people in St. Michael’s, Ariz., where she served for 25 years as a religious education teacher. She traveled extensively throughout the reservation and was able to communicate with the Navajos in their language.

In 1989, she was assigned to the Divine Providence Child Care Agency where she served as a receptionist, and then to the Miriam Community in the Bronx where she served as a cook and as a parish visitor.

Sister Hartmann became a resident of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary Assisted Living Center in 2002, and moved to the St. Antoine Residence in 2005.

She is survived by six brothers, Herman of Plymouth, Wis., Frank of Kaukauna, Wis.; Al of Kiel, Wis.; Fred of Plymouth, Wis.; Adam of Menomonee Falls, Wis. and Hugo of Kiel, Wis.; three sisters, Sister Mary Edward of Clyde, Mo., Sister Therese of Green Bay, Wis., and Ann Meyers of Chilton, Wis. She was the sister of the late George, Sister Mary John and Ed Hartmann.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Nov. 5 in Holy Family Chapel, Fruit Hill, North Providence. Burial was in the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary Cemetery.