December 26, 2012 | Uncategorized
The New York Times
November 18, 2012 Sunday
Late Edition – Final
Paid Notice: Deaths HARTMAN, MILLIE
SECTION: Section A; Column 0; Classified; Pg. 28
LENGTH: 296 words
HARTMAN–Millie. Millie Hartman, math wizard, devoted wife and mother extraordinaire, passed away on September 14th in Glen Cove, NY, after a long illness. Born on March 29th, 1928, Millie Levenson grew up with her brother Manny in Brooklyn, NY, and was the link to the world for her beloved immigrant parents, Charles and Yetta.
A star student at New Utrecht High School, Millie graduated as salutatorian at age 16, and from Brooklyn College at age 19, before moving directly into the classroom as a junior h.s. math teacher. On July 4th, 1949, while playing rummy on Brighton Beach, she met a young history scholar named Bill Hartman, and six months later they married – a remarkable union that would last 62 years. Millie loved to dance, cook, teach, and most of all, to nurture her three children, Susie, Phil and Jesse. The quintessential do-it-all Jewish mom, she would race home from teaching, prepare breaded veal chops or potted chicken, supervise homework and music practice, and still find time to listen to a new Beatles song or watch an episode of Cheers curled up on the couch with her kids. In later years Millie would become chairwoman of her cherished Plainview High School Math Department, and post-retirement, an instructor at the College of Staten Island.
Winters with friends in Spain, Mexico and Florida filled her later years, as did the great pleasures of her grandchildren: Leon, Asa, Odetta, Willa, Camellia, Charlie and the just-born Marlena, who was named for her shortly before she died. Her grandchildren, children and husband all survive her, and will eternally remember Millie Hartman as joyous, selfless, irrepressible and a beacon of unconditional love. To honor Millie, please plant a tree in Israel with the Jewish National Fund (www.jnf.org).