October 5, 1937 - January 17, 2018
Rose Hartman passed away on January 17, 2018 peacefully in her Los Altos home of 40+ years with her beloved husband, Dean, by her side. Rose lost her battle to pulmonary fibrosis, which she fought fearlessly for the past 5 years.
Rose is survived by her husband, Dean; sisters, Mary Bartle and Theresa Schlutz; in-laws Roger and Dee Hartman and niece Amber. Though Rose did not have children of her own, she adored children and was an incredible Godmother, Grandmother and Aunt. She will be lovingly remembered as a second Mom to her California family, Nicole and Jack Bellamy (Justin, Tyler, Ava), Noelle Lapcevic (Cole, Peyton), Shelley Lapcevic (Finn) and Chris Cassidy, Derek and Ashley Lapcevic, as well as dozens of nieces and nephews in her home state of New York.
Rose was born on October 5, 1937 in Red Creek, New York as the youngest of nine children. She moved to California in the 1960’s where she met the love of her life and future husband, Dean Hartman. After working in Technology for many years, she was able to realize her true passion in life and opened Dotty Dee’s Dress Shop in Sunnyvale, CA in 1981. After incredible early success serving the women of the Bay Area with high-end fashions, she opened Hartman Fashions in Rancho Shopping Center in 1989, where she has remained an integral part of the Los Altos community for the past 30 years.
Hartman Fashions was Rose’s second true love in life and she continued to run the shop until the very end. She relished in being a small business owner and active member of the community, but it was really her customers that gave her the greatest joy. Rose took great pride in helping to find her customers the perfect gift or outfit for a special occasion, but will be most remembered for always having an ear to listen or shoulder to cry on for anyone in need of a friend. She was loved by so many people in the community and will be sorely missed.
Warm, generous and fun-loving, Rose loved nothing more than being surrounded by family and friends. Rose was a phenomenal cook and loved making her famous Italian dinners, entertaining any spare moment she had, and spoiling her grandchildren. We will lovingly remember Rose not only for her beautiful fashions and incredible dinner parties, but for her compassion for life, the community, and those she loved so dearly.
Private services will be held at a later date.