Mrs. Hannelore (Hanna) Scheiermann Hardman died on July 9, 2019 at her home in Radcliff, Kentucky surrounded by her family. She is survived by her husband, Roger Lee Hardman; children, Bryan Lee Hardman and Kevin Lee (Terri) Hardman.
Hanna was born on October 23, 1952 in Esslingen am Neckar in Baden-Württemberg Germany. She was the daughter of Edeltraud Hedwig and Waldemar Adalbert Scheiermann. Hanna was the eldest of her siblings, Reinhard Scheiermann and Joachim Grundmann. Heinz Grundmann served in the role as Opa (Grandfather) to Hanna’s children, while Edeltraud was their Oma (Grandmother).
Hanna attended the Schiller School (Schillerschule) in Esslingen, Germany and pursued secretarial apprenticeships upon graduating with positions at Kodak, Opel (a division of General Motors), and with an architectural and engineering firm.
After her jobs in Germany, Hanna spent time living near Asheville, North Carolina; Vancouver, British Columbia; and Palos Verdes Estates, California before returning to Esslingen, Germany.
She met Roger in Germany while he was stationed in the Army. After courting for an appropriate period of time, they were married on December 6, 1974 in a ceremony at Roger’s family’s estate in French Creek, West Virginia in a home built in 1857. Being an “Army Wife”, Hanna supported Roger as he served 28 years. They lived together in Nürnberg and Böblingen, Germany; Tampa, Florida; Kaiserslautern and Ludwigsburg, Germany; and Fort Knox, Kentucky. Hanna would serve as the head-of-the-house while Roger had unoccupied military tours of Korea, Kuwait, Saudia Arabia and Turkey.
In 1976 they became parents of their first son, Bryan, and again in 1981 with the arrival of son Kevin.
Becoming a mother brought out all the best of Hanna in her mothering and nurturing instincts. She dedicated her time to the wellbeing and growth of her two boys. During Roger’s absences while on active duty, Hanna participated in her son’s schooling and sports activities. She also found enjoyment in many physical fitness activities, helping to keep her physically strong and mentally focused.
Bryan recalled how much reading and education meant to his mother. “She would read to my brother and me almost every day, help us with homework, and always read us bedtime stories. We had little Golden Books growing up and I still have them all and those with accompanying records. It was her passion for books and reading which gave me the love and appreciation for books and later on the interest to pursue university degrees.”
Hanna loved to be creative. She became involved in “garbage art”, cross-stitched, and knitted sweaters. She was also a certified framer and assembled the wood frames and mats used in art pieces throughout her home.
She would find ways of helping others through organizations and schools. Hanna was a Den Mother with the Cub Scouts, assisted with the Gold Vault Swim Club while her boys swam, and later with the Radcliff Women’s Club. Her volunteering was acknowledged by the Fort Knox Community Schools System in Fort Knox, Kentucky; the Hardin County Public Schools for time she spent at North Hardin High School in Radcliff, Kentucky; and she was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by Kentucky Governor Steven Beshear. Hanna achieved a personal goal of becoming a United States Citizen while living at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
While Hanna and Roger never visited Monroe, Georgia, they would help sponsor events at the Monroe Art Guild while Bryan served at the director for over five years. At times, she would buy art supplies for children who participated in art shows. One year, she provided a limited number of craft ornaments as an incentive to purchase tickets for a fundraiser.
Hanna brought her love of homecooked foods to the table through her cooking and baking. Paying homage to her German upbringing, she enjoyed making family favorites such as Schnitzel, Rouladen, potato salad, chicken fricassee, and crepes. During the Christmas season, Hanna would use her grandmother’s recipe to make Lebkuchen (gingerbread), while also baking pumpkin bread from an old recipe, and her own take on sugar cookies. The treasured sweet treats were an anticipated annual affair by her family.
When Hanna first encountered breast cancer in 2002, she would remain positive, stubborn, and brave in her determination to fight the disease. Her longevity of life during the 17 ½ years dealing with the eight occurrences of cancers came from her proactive approach to her health, mental will, and physical strength. She was fortunate in having the love, support, and compassion of her husband and children to help her in whatever was needed through the illness, remissions, surgeries, doctor’s appointments, rehabilitations, and hospital stays. Hanna remained at home during what would be her last four weeks of life, being cared for by her husband and children while under the advice of home hospice care.
The Hardman family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at Hardin Memorial Hospital’s Cancer Care Center in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
A Celebration of Life for Hanna will be held at the Colvin Community Center (Main Floor) in Radcliff, Kentucky on Saturday, October 12th, from five to seven p.m. where the family will greet friends and share stories of an amazing life of love and service.
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