Foster Bertram Hartman

October 21, 1923 ~ January 7, 2021 (age 97)


Age 97 of Mount Lebanon and Bethel Park, originally of Brentwood, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 to begin his eternal life with his Lord.  He was a well-rounded athlete in many sports including an outstanding football kicker. The son of the late Foster (Jane) and Sarah Richardson Hartman; beloved husband of 71 years to the late Ada Deborah Hartman; father of Deborah Lee Fleischauer Hartman, Jennifer Ruth Pollock, Foster J. Hartman, son-in-law David Pollock; special Dad to his grand-daughter Abigail Fleischauer, also loving grandpa of Dr. Lauren Hartman and Anna Hartman; survived by sisters-in-law Ruth Dewalt and Julie Murray, many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Foster attended Greenbrier Military School and graduated from Brentwood High School. He served as Sergeant with the Army Air Corps providing care and compassion to injured soldiers during World War II in the African, and Middle Eastern Campaigns. He is a graduate of University of Pittsburgh. Foster worked as a Sales Manager with the Stauffer Home Reducing Plan and he one of the top sales representatives for STP Oil Company and was self-employed as an Aerial Photographer. He served as Chapter President with the Experimental Aircraft Association and had a passion for aviation as a private pilot and owner of a 1946 Aeronca Champ. His lifelong memberships include the American Legion, making Master Mason in 1946 of the Pleasant Hills-Guthrie Lodge No. 509 F&AM, Valley of Pittsburgh Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite since 1947, Syria Shriner, and the Masonic Veterans of Western PA. He was a favored Sunday School Teacher at Bethel Presbyterian Church; Deacon and Elder at the Wallace (Unity) Presbyterian Church. He played for a few local dart leagues and even held a record for consecutive bullseyes!  He created and worked the Scottish Pub Darts exhibit at the Ligonier Highland Games. Foster was well-known to his family and friends as a kind, grateful and thankful man.  He had many interests and hobbies including collecting arrowheads, reading books with a keen interest in the Harvard Classics, studying military history, memorizing and reciting poetry, building model airplanes, and spending the summers of his youth at the family cottage at his beloved Conneaut Lake. He loved all animals especially his dogs Major, MacGregor and Fraulein. Foster embodied the virtues and character of the heroic and the greatest generation. “When I pass on, if there is a small airport in Heaven that’s where you’ll find me.”  Family and friends will be received at Laughlin Cremation & Funeral Tributes, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon, from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, January 18. Services in the funeral home chapel on Tuesday January 19 at 9:30 AM. Interment in the National Cemetery of The Alleghenies 1158 Morgan Road, Bridgeville, PA 15017, at 11 AM. followed by a private luncheon. Contact family regarding the Celebration of Life being planned in February. Memorial contributions may be made to Unity Presbyterian Church 1146 Greentree Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15220 or the Shriners Hospital for Children-Erie, Development & Donor Relations Dept. 1645 W. 8th St. Erie, PA 16505. Gratitude to the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.

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Funeral Service


Funeral Service
January 19, 2021

9:30 AM
Laughlin Cremation and Funeral Tributes
222 Washington Road
Mt. Lebanon, PA 15216

January 19, 2021

11:00 AM
National Cemetery of the Alleghenies
1158 Morgan Road
Bridgeville, PA 15017

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