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Terry Hartmann

Shirley Hartmann

June 11, 1925 - December 07, 2020

We are creating a GatheringUs memorial to celebrate the life of Shirley B. Hartmann. Collecting your stories and memories here will offer us great comfort. As we plan virtual and in person gatherings, we will share details here. Thank you for contributing to this lasting memorial.

Shirley B. Hartmann passed away peacefully on December 7th at her home in Haverhill, MA. She was born on June 11th, 1925 in Cortland, NY, daughter of the late William H. Bayles and Mildred (Shirley) Bayles. Sister to Edith Faery (James) of East Amherst NY, Wilma Hurtgam (Ronald) of Barker NY, and Steven Bayles (Sue) of West Palm Beach, FL, and the late William Bayles (Joyce) of Lockport, NY. Wife of the late Allen Retzlaff (d.1958)...  see more
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  • Lauren Vasse
    I'm so grateful for Grandma and so grateful for this family that she created, love you all. 💜
  • M Christensen
    Many fond memories of Shirley, who always made my brother Larry and I feel like family in her home. Spent many pleasant hours there. Have remained good friends with her son Paul, who I graduated high school with in 1972. I am blessed to have known...  more
  • GatheringUs Support Team
    In Lockport, Mrs. Hartmann and Mr. Hartmann always made me feel welcome in their cozy home. Her son Paul has been my best friend since I was 13 years old. The Hartmanns were just a short walk across the creek rocks, and countless visits there are among...  more
  • Terry Hartmann
    Paul: I remember my mom listening to this on the radio in the 60s/early 70s:
    lyrics: Unforgettable That's what you are, Unforgettable Tho' near or far. Like a song of love that clings to me, How the thought of you does things to me. Never before Has someone been more... Unforgettable In every way, And f...
  • Terry Hartmann
    Paul: She listened to Benny Goodman:
    Let’s Dance (Baldridge-Stone-Bonime) by Benny Goodman & his Orchestra First commercial recording of Benny’s famous theme, adapted from von Weber’s “Invitation To The Dance” (see where they got the title?). The King Of Swing had been using it to open his...
  • Terry Hartmann
    Paul: She liked Artie Shaw in her youth:
    Begin The Beguine - Artie Shaw
  • Terry Hartmann
  • Terry Hartmann
    Paul: My mom also enjoyed this, complete with saddle shoes:
    Dancing With the Stars US, Season 7 Brooke Burke & Derek Hough dancing the Jitterbug The song is: Don't Be Cruel, by Elvis Presley
  • Terry Hartmann
    Paul: My mom danced the Foxtrot in her youth:
    Spring 2012 Dance Lab Performance BYU Spring Ballroom Dance Team Directed By: Curt Holman Song: LOVE By: Michael Buble
  • Terry Hartmann
    Paul: My mom used to giggle and sing this song to me. A fun song from her youth:
    Provided to YouTube by Valleyarm Digital Distribution Mairzy Doats · The Merry Macs Favourite Old Time Songs and Ditties ℗ Glory Days Music under license from V&H Holdings Pty Ltd Released on: 2015-02-23 Auto-generated by YouTube.