In 1882, James Wiley “J.W.” Hartman opened the Hartman Funeral Home in Derry, PA. After a devastating fire destroyed the building, Mr. Hartman moved the business in 1883 to 322 Main St. in Latrobe, which was also the location of Hartman Furniture Company. Today 332 Main Street is the location of Westmoreland Federal Savings and Loan.
Depot Street Location 1923 - 1963
In 1923, J.W.’s son, Mathias Saxman Hartman Sr., bought a home at 409 Depot Street, converted it into a funeral home while living upstairs, and went into business with his father. J.W. Hartman passed away in 1932
In 1947, J.W.’s grandson, and Mathias’ son, Mathias S. “Matt” Hartman Jr. became a licensed funeral director. He went into business and worked with his father until 1953 when Mathias Sr. passed away.
n 1963, Matt Hartman and his wife Alice purchased the property at 1500 Ligonier Street and tore down the large apartment building on the site. He then designed and oversaw the construction of the existing structure which opened as a funeral home in 1964.
Change of Ownership
In 1988, John A. Graziano and his wife Lisa purchased the funeral home from Matt Hartman, incorporated and renamed the firm to Hartman-Graziano Funeral Home, Inc. Matt Hartman continued working at the funeral home until he passed away in 2008.
In 2017, John and Lisa Graziano were pleased to welcome their daughter, Maria Graziano, as a third generation funeral director.
John, Lisa, and Maria Graziano, and their staff, continue to operate the funeral home in Latrobe, serving and fulfilling every family's wishes with the same compassion that they would extend to their own family in their time of need.
Visit our Staff Page to learn more about the Graziano family and the entire staff of the Hartman-Graziano Funeral Home, Inc.
Check out the story below, published by the Latrobe Bulletin in in 1989, when the funeral home changed ownership.