By JULIE E. GREENE
The longtime owner of a Hagerstown institution - Hartle's Confectionery - died on Tuesday.
Margaret Hartle, 76, died at her 633 S. Potomac St. home Tuesday afternoon from her fourth bout with cancer in about 30 years, said Hartle's daughter, Barbara Shank.
Hartle was surrounded by three of her four children and many grandchildren and great grandchildren, Shank said.
"She was a real fighter. She hung in there," said Shank, 47.
Hartle and her late ex-husband bought the sub shop from Maxine Hurd in 1955. At one time they had a store on Potomac Avenue, but it closed in 1972.
For 20 years Hartle would sit in her home next to the shop and slice up to 90 pounds of tomatoes a day for the shop's famous subs.