(4-27-22) Wilbert Hartings (84) of Maria Stein was injured Monday afternoon when he was driving his Kubota tractor on Fort Recovery-Minster Road…he passed away from his injuries on Tuesday. At the time of the crash Hartings was turning left into his driveway when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Tytus Gasper (18) of Ansonia. Hartings was careflighted by helicopter to Lima Memorial Hospital.

Gasper was not injured in the crash.

This incident remains under investigation.


Wilbert L. “Whitey” Hartings age 84 of Maria Stein, Ohio died on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at Lima Memorial Hospital.  

He was born on December 19, 1937 in Maria Stein to the late Lawrence & Leona (Hemmelgarn) Hartings.  He married Rosemary Post on February 27, 1960 in St. Peter Church, St. Peter, Ohio, and she survives in Maria Stein. He is also survived by children: Don & Denise Hartings Chickasaw, Therese & Tom Lochtefeld, Ft. Recovery, Paul & Becky Hartings, Maria Stein, Roger & Carla Hartings, Maria Stein, Ruth & Alan Brown, New Bremen, Charles & Kay Hartings, Maria Stein, Ken & Maggie Hartings, Fort Recovery, Steve & Jennifer Hartings, Maria Stein, 23, grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, brothers & sisters: Dolores Schulze, St. Henry, Frank & Ginny Mohlman, Coldwater, Rosemary & Linie Lefeld, St. Henry, Rich Hartings, St. Marys, Ron & Karen Hartings, Maria Stein, Janice & Tom Grieshop, Franklin.  He was preceded in death by grandson David Hartings, brothers, sisters & in-laws: Walter Schulze, Eileen & Erwin Schulze, Norma Mohlman, Linda Hartings, and John & Wilma Post.

Wilbert was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church, a member of Maria Stein, Knights of St. John and a member of the Men’s Sodality.  He was a lifelong milk hauler, farmer and avid card player who enjoyed spending time with his family. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 AM on Friday, April 29, 2022 at St. Rose Catholic Church, St. Rose.  Burial will take place in St. Rose Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry from 2 to 7 PM on Thursday, April 28, 2022 and from 9 to 10 AM on Friday. Donations may be made to the family to be donated to different church projects.   Condolences may be left at www.hogenkampfh.com.