LYONS - Caroline Isabelle Hartman, 86, passed away Sunday (March 17, 2013) at the DeMay Living Center in Newark.
A memorial service will be held Saturday (April 13) 11 a.m. at Lyons Presbyterian Church, Broad St., Lyons. Burial will be in Marion Cemetery in the family plot.
Descended from early Wayne County settlers, David and Elizabeth (Howell) Sherman of Marion, Elijah Taylor of South Sodus and John Hartman of Sutton Road, Lyons, Isabelle was born in Lyons on May 21, 1926. She graduated from the Lyons Central School in 1944 and attended the College of Wooster in Ohio, earning a B.A. in mathematics in 1948. The next five years she worked at the Naval Ordnance Test Station in China Lake, Calif., as a mathematician for the Defense Department. Heavy involvement in things musical in that community led her to change careers abruptly and enroll in the School of Sacred Music at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where she received a MSM in 1955, after successful completion of the two-year graduate program. Following a year in the then, new field of electronic data processing at North American Aviation in Los Angeles, she returned to Lyons and led the vocal music program in the Lyons High School for the 1958-9 school year. In 1959 she became a computer systems analyst at Eastman Kodak in Rochester. In 1983, after 23 years, she elected early retirement and settled into the Butternut Street home her great-grandmother purchased in 1875.
She was a sixth (and last) generation member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lyons. She was a life member of the Wayne County Historical Society, a member of Col. Wm. Prescott Chapter of the DAR and the friends of the Lyons Public Library. She had played viola in the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra since retirement and was recently commissioned by the Geneva Presbytery as a lay preacher.
Survived by nephew, Robert M. (Kim) Hartman of Tenn.; grand niece, Dawn (Ron) Chiu of N.J.; grand nephew, Jeffrey William Hartman of Tenn.; and cousin, Nancy (Brian) Johnson of Penn.
Predeceased by her brothers, James Orin in 1943 and William Sherman in 1962; father, William T. Hartman, Jr., former Lyons Town Supervisor in 1968; and mother, Gertrude Sherman Hartman in 1978.