PHOEBE M. HARTMAN

Phoebe Hartman passed away on July 16, 2018. Her final days were peaceful, surrounded by family. She was 87 years old.

Phoebe was born on September 13, 1930 in Bremen, Germany. Her older brother Peter, Phoebe, and her younger sister Stella were all raised bilingually by an English mother and German father. Early in World War II, her house in Bremen was struck by a British bomb that never exploded. Phoebe and her mother, brother and sister moved to a small village in the Bavarian Alps for the remainder of the war. She graduated from the Oberschule in Obersdorf, Germany and later attended the University of Birmingham, Birmingham, England.

Phoebe was a translator for the U.S. Army in Kempton and Munich, interviewing refugees fleeing from Eastern European countries. She immigrated to the United States in 1958 and later contacted her future husband Roland, known as Skip, whom she had known in Munich when he was a lieutenant in the U. S. Army. They began dating and were married later that year. Phoebe worked for BASF and the Personnel Lab in New York City.

Phoebe’s son Peter was born in 1961 and Timothy in 1964. She was a full time stay at home mom and was kept busy due to a number of moves because of her husband’s business transfers. During the couple’s tour in London, England, Phoebe became an antique dealer and had a keen eye for spotting undervalued antiques. She was up at dawn on Thursdays to go to the Bermondsy thief’s market in London’s east end and Wednesdays and Fridays to go to Camden Passage antique market stalls.

Phoebe was kind, thoughtful, compassionate and very giving to others- all who knew her loved her. A small example of her kindness was when visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra, India at dawn on a cold morning, Phoebe noticed that the rickshaw driver did not have any socks and gave him her socks. She said he needed them more than she did.

Phoebe and her family traveled extensively throughout Europe during their years in London. In the mid-1980’s Phoebe and Skip moved to Wilmington and she worked for the Brandywine YMCA as a baby care giver for 13 years. After Skip’s retirement, they took a number of European river cruises and ventured to Antarctica to round out having visited all seven continents.

Her immediate family includes her beloved husband of 60 years Skip; son Peter and his wife Judy and their children Asa, Leni and Andrew; son Tim and his wife Trisha and their children Tara, Azat and Leif; sister, Stella; and niece Kathy.

A memorial service will be held at McCrery & Harra Funeral Home at 3924 Concord Pike in Wilmington, on July 19 at 5:00pm, with visiting hours starting at 4pm. Burial will be private.