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Evelyn “Evy” M. Hartman

August 9, 2021

Evelyn (Evy) M. Hartman, 89, went to be with the Lord on Monday, August 9, 2021 at her home in North Newton, Kansas. Evelyn was born April 16, 1932 to Ed and Elvina (Koehn) Ediger in Newton, Kansas.

On October 15, 1950, Evelyn married Chester Hartman, her husband of 69 ½ years, in Newton, Kansas, at the Evangelical United Brethren Church. Evelyn is survived by her sisters Betty Ediger and Ruby Stucky both of Newton, and brother Pete Ediger of Newton; children: Sharon (Lontie) Jantz of Moundridge, Debbie (Mike) Miles of North Newton; grandchildren: Neil (Ashley) Jantz of Mulvane, Brad (Kali) Jantz of Moundridge; and 4 great-grandchildren: Haylee, Trey, Aubree and Chase.

While Evelyn was raising her two daughters, she made and delivered wedding cakes for 10 years. She also loved to cook and make pies and would make many pies for the MCC sale each year. She made the best pie crust and the best potato salad. She loved classic cars and driving around. A few of her favorites that she owned was a 1952 Chevrolet, 1962 blue Buick Wildcat, 1976 black Chevy Capri and a 1975 white Chevy Capri. The last car that she owned was a 2009 white Volvo convertible. Evelyn had a favorite past time of doodling, on whatever she had available, when talking on the phone to family and friends. She also enjoyed taking care of her two grandsons when she was given the opportunity. She loved to grow trees, plants and flowers indoors and outdoors and everything she planted would thrive. Her favorite tree was her palm tree. She started with a seed and brought it back in a Styrofoam cup when visiting her family in California. Evelyn was a very caring and dedicated wife, mother and grandmother.

When the family moved to Halstead, Kansas, Evelyn worked at the Halstead Hospital in Housekeeping for 29 ½ years and was eventually promoted to Head of Housekeeping. She also entered a poster contest at the hospital and won first place and received $100. After retiring from the Halstead Hospital, Evelyn supported and helped her husband at his auction house that he operated for 7 ½ years in Halstead.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Clifford Ediger and great-granddaughter, Abigail Jantz. She was also preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Johnny Stucky, and sister-in-law, Patricia Ediger.

Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 18, 2021, at the First Baptist Church, 6th and Poplar, Newton, Kansas with Pastor Chip Bungard officiating. There will be a graveside ceremony following the service at Halstead Cemetery. The family welcomes friends to rejoin them for pie and coffee at the First Baptist Church following the graveside service.


Evelyn was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene and on Easter Sunday morning in 1966, she accepted Jesus as her Savior. Two weeks later on April 24th she was baptized upon confession of her faith.


In lieu of memorials, the family requests that flowers or plants be sent to the First Baptist Church, in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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2 thoughts on “Evelyn “Evy” M. Hartman

  1. Evelyn was such a beautiful (inside and out) and kind friend. Her daughters, Sharon and Debbie, have been my good friends for many years. Before I moved back to Newton, whenever I was here visiting my family, I looked forward to seeing Evelyn and Chet at church and was always rewarded with a huge smile and kind words from them both. I will greatly miss seeing them. I loved them both.

  2. What a fun reading of a life well lived! Now I know why Sharon can grow a Passion flower from a styrofoam cup. What a celebration of life (especially knowing where she is today) and what awesome memories! Congratulations Evy, your now face to face with our Savior! Death is a gift for those in Christ. I love you all!!!

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