January 7, 1962 ~ March 21, 2019

Born in: Savanna, IL
Resided in: Aurora, CO

She was a sunny spring day, the spark plug of family gatherings, the fun sister that family vied to host on her visits from Colorado. Kathy Sue Hartman of Aurora, Colorado died on March 21, 2019.

Kathy was born in Savanna, Illinois on January 7, 1962. She graduated from Savanna Community High School, class of 1980. Kathy attended Northern Illinois University before moving to the Quad Cities then eventually into the Denver area. Kathy was employed as a financial services representative for eight years at Charles Schwab investment firm. Her assiduous attention to detail coupled with her highly personable nature made her a shining example to her profession. Kathy embraced the unofficial title of Office Mom, as she was never without kind encouraging words for her fellow workers.

When her family visited Colorado, she always scheduled a full itinerary. Whether it was white water rafting, shopping mall skydiving, horseback riding, skiing at Eldora, soaking in the hot springs at Glenwood Springs, or riding the cog up Pikes Peak, we were always assured first class adventures.

Kathy’s wit and timing was the stuff of legend. She was an excellent Scrabble player and a walking compendium of quotations from the Seinfeld television series.

There have been times when her friends and family have forgotten a card or call on her birthday, but she never forgot our birthdays and special occasions. Her thoughtful cards with the Starbucks gift cards will be missed.

To her friends and family Kathy wants them to know that she is not afraid of dying. In some last texts to her family Kathy writes:

“Lastly, I love my family, friends, co-workers, Halo (her little rescue dog) and Shelly for their support and understanding during this journey…I wish it had a different outcome, but this was His plan for me. If you see a penny pick it up…or if you see a streetlamp go out, know that it is just me saying Hello, and I am alright.
-Love to Lots, Kath, Kat, Aunt Ka Ka, KK, Lb, HaloMom, Kathy XO”

Her parents Ivan and Vernette Hartman predeceased Kathy. Kathy is survived by her partner of 25 years, Shelly Davis. Kathy is survived by three sisters Mollie (William) Lego of Rockford, Illinois; Marlene (Dennis) Kessler of Mount Carroll, Illinois; and Lu Anne (Dan) Heim, of Galena, Illinois; and one brother Eric (Lisa) Hartman of Sabula, Iowa. Kathy also leaves many nephews, nieces, grand nephews, and grand nieces.

Memories Timeline


  1. My Bestie. How i will miss our coffee chats. A light went out on earth but heaven gained a beautiful bright star. I will love you always

  2. You were my very special Pod Mate who I’ll never replace. I will miss you terribly KK…be well in heaven my friend. Kevin and I will see you again some day. God Speed.

  3. Our hearts are broken and our office is empty without you. Thank you for bringing life and laughter to our work group. You will be loved and missed by all of us, forever.

  4. Your smile lit up every room you ever walked into! Thank you for being the most awesome human with the kindest of hearts! You will be missed terribly by all!!

    • Fifteen years and you never forgot an occasion! You were the laugh I could pick out of a crowd, the meatballs I could pick out at a potluck and the smile I could see a mile away! I will always cherish our times at Centrix and will always know that bringing you (and Leslie) over to Schwab was the best move! The Three Musketeers were reunited and it felt SO good! You were my hip-hop listening friend, my silver lining in a bad storm, my listening ear every day and my life is better for having known you. There will never be another Kathy and I will miss you every single day. You are the best person I have known and I will love you forever! Thank you for being my friend!!!

    • I’m going to miss laughing with you so hard we used to cry and about pee our pants girl!! Working with you was the highlight of my days at JCP jewelry—-and everytine Chris and I visit a Goodwill I expect you to be by the glass. We will forever love and miss you dear Kathy—–don’t worry we will make Shelly keep in touch too!!

  5. LB, you assured us that there was never a dull moment. I don’t know where you got the quart carry out margaritas during our stay in Puerto Vallarta. They were the best! I will always think of you when I stub my toe on the wooden turtle that you bargained down for me. You wrote the book on Fun. You will be sorely missed -HT

  6. My forever neighbor, you were the reason I bought that townhome, the best part of living in that crazy neighborhood and the reason it was hard to leave. So many memories. Long walks. Getting ice and water for the girls from the hotel. Doggy play dates. Daily’s and chips and salsa for dinner. Craft fairs. Garage sales. Welcoming my baby girl like she was one of yours. Watching that baby grow into a toddler who always watched for Neighbor Kaffee to come home. Words cannot express how very much you will be missed. Every holiday, every birthday, every time I see a street light go out I will think of you. Your address may be a whole lot further away now, but you will always be our forever neighbor.

  7. I’m happy for the time I saw you and talked with you. You taught me a lot that I’ll never forget. The work was fun and the radiation was a pain, but in the end you were still my buddy. Illi”noise”!!!

    I love you.

  8. Whenever you were around, fun happened. When Mollie would say, “Kathy will be visiting, so we’ll bring her along”, I always thought, “Woo hoo!! Kathy’s coming!!!” When I would let the rest of our family know Kathy would be here, their reactions were equally enthusiastic. Your smile lit up the room, and your positive energy radiated all over the space you were in. Thank you for being in OUR space, and touching our lives with your spirit and example. We will all miss you, and Heaven just got a heck of a lot more fun. Love you, Sweet Girl. <3

  9. I only got a short opportunity to get to know you. You treated me with such genuine warmth and kindness. People as sweet as you are live forever and put smiles in peoples hearts whenever they think of you!

  10. I was sorry to learn the news of Kathy’s death. She looks just the same as I remember her from our shared days walking the hallowed halls of SHS and playing Volleyball together for 3 years. Prayers sent to her family and dear friends.

    /Karla Bowden Hickey SHS ’81

  11. Molly, Marlene, LuAnne and Eric,
    We send our deepest sympathy to all of you. She will be missed. We had fond memories of visiting you all when we were young. Kathy was the life of the party, the light in the room. Our prayers are with you as you mourn the loss for your dear sister. May God grant you comfort and peace in the days ahead.

    Love to all,

    Aunt Darlene, Pam, Sherri, Risa and Pat

  12. Kath,

    I was blessed to be in your life and will cherish the many memories. Never forget #314.

    To her family, my thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

  13. I know her sister LuAnne Heim, and she is a wonderful friend, so I know that Kathy was just as wonderful! Hugs to all of her family and friends. She will be dearly missed. <3

  14. Hartman Family,
    So sorry to hear about Kathy’s passing. I remember her vividly as a teenager and in her early twenties. She was always kind, and had a great sense of humor. Her soul lives!
    -Matthew Jones and family

  15. You will be missed Kathy. Thanks for being a fun teammate, pod mate, and friend. Thanks for making me a better person.

  16. Kathy you were a kind person and had a wonderful smile. May you Rest In Peace and I will always smile when I think of you.

  17. I have wonderful memories of times with Kathy and our years in high school and volleyball. There was always plenty of laughter involved.
    My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

  18. Kathy, you were my best friend throughout my childhood. You were the last beautiful face I saw when I left Savanna in 1975. Times being as they were, we lost touch. But you’ve never left my thoughts or my heart. I remember that laugh, that smile – and so many wonderful things that have made you an ever presence in my heart. All these years, and you are still that special someone – that friend – that has stayed with me forever. And you always will. May the angels enjoy the beautiful soul that you are.

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