Joseph F. Hartley


Joseph F. Hartley, 76, of Seneca passed away Wednesday, May 7 at Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. 

He was born May 23, 1937 to Charles and Marian (Ryan) Hartley and grew up in the Iowa River Valley, rural New Albin. He attended Waukon area public schools and graduated in 1955. Joe served in the Marine Corps Reserves and then returned to Iowa to farm. He married Bernadette De Florian on April 8, 1961 at St. Charles Catholic Church, Genoa. She preceded him in death on March 16, 1994. He later married Joan Martin Sutton on Aug. 16, 1996, at St. Patricks Catholic Church in Seneca. 

Joe was a self-employed farmer his entire career, and farmed in Iowa and Minnesota before moving to Wisconsin in 1976. He was an active member of St. Patrick’s Parish in Seneca. Joe also served in many capacities over the years with Seneca Township, and recently finished serving 20 years on the Crawford County board. He was a man of great integrity, believed in education and hard work, and loved spending time with family and friends and restoring antique tractors. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and watching his grandchildren’s sporting events. 

He is survived by his wife Joan Hartley of Seneca; two sons, Dean (Janet Wagner) Hartley and Ronald (Julie) Hartley, both of Eastman; and three daughters, Ann (Dan) Boland of Stoddard, Cathy (Todd) Aspenson of Seneca, and Joan (Steve) Pierce of Coon Valley; fifteen grandchildren; six great grand children; nine step children, their spouses and families; and a very special nephew, Richard Nickelotti of Stoddard; one sister, Mary Ellen (Lyle) Mohwinkle of Waukon; sisters-in-law Nancy Hartley and Bea De Florian; and brothers-in-law Bud (Joyce) De Florian, Michael Lucey and Sonny Lord, and many nieces and nephews.

Joe was preceded in death by his wife Bernadette Hartley; his parents Charles and Marian Hartley; three brothers, Dr. James, Thomas and Charles Hartley; and a great grand-daughter, Ashlynn Aspenson-Keepers.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, May 12, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Seneca, with Rev. Eugene Wolf and Rev. Zacharie Beya co-celebrating, burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call on Sunday, May 11, from 4 to 8 p.m. with a wake scripture at 8 p.m., and one hour prior to the mass on Monday, May 12, at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall. The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien, WI is assisting the family.

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