Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 27, 2021.
John Joseph Hartke, III "Jack"
March 20, 2021 (Age 86)
John Joseph Hartke of Bethesda, MD entered into eternal rest
on Saturday, March 20, 2021 of complications from prostate
He is preceded in death by his parents, John J. Hartke, Jr. and
Ellen Doody Hartke of Washington, DC, and siblings Ellen
Bettencourt of Melrose, MA; Daniel Hartke of Chester, MD;
and Mary Catherine Breslin of Springfield, VA.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Norma Berger; his daughter, Victoria R. (James
Crotty); his son, John F. (Elizabeth); his precious granddaughter, Ainsley R. Hartke-Crotty;
and many nieces, nephews, cousins, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Jack attended The Campus School of Catholic University, St. John's College High
School (1953) and the University of Maryland.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. The majority of his career was spent with the US Coast
Guard as the Director of Pilotage for the Saint Lawrence Seaway.Jack's faith was always
important to him; he joined Phi Kappa Theta (a Catholic fraternity), he became a member of
the Knights of Columbus, and he co-founded the St. Jane de Chantal Home and School
Association and served on the Parish Council. He left a positive impression on those
fortunate to know him whether he was coaching CYO basketball, assisting co-workers to
prepare tax returns, or supporting friends in his aquatherapy class.
Visitation is open and will be held at St Jane de Chantal Church in Bethesda on Monday,
March 29, 2021 from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., followed by a eulogy and a Mass of Christian
Interment will follow for family only at All Souls Cemetery in Germantown, MD.
The family is grateful for flowers or donations to Catholic Charities of DC in Mr. Hartke's