Hartle's owner dead at 76

August 06, 1997


Staff Writer

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.


"We had gotten her all kinds of slicers," but Hartle insisted on slicing the tomatoes by hand with a knife, Shank said.

She stopped slicing about two years ago because of her deteriorating health, according to Shank.

"The store was everything to mom - (that) and family. She really lived for them," Shank said.

Shank and her sister, Beverly Shifflett, run the store now.

Due to Hartle's death, the store will be closed on Friday and Saturday with shortened hours today and Thursday. Hours on Wednesday and Thursday will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The store will remained closed until Wednesday, Aug. 20, because of a vacation the family had already planned, Shank said.

Shank said the family was grateful to Washington County Hospice for help provided during Hartle's last days.

Hartle was survived by four children - Shank, Shifflett, Grace Hull and Robert Hartle.

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