OBIT: Joseph William Bartula
Joseph William "Joe" BartulaJOSEPH "JOE" WILLIAM BARTULA, 86, passed away May 31, 2005 in Houston, Texas. He was born March 5, 1919 in Bremond, Texas.Mr. Bartula was preceded in death by his spouse of 51 years, Abbey Barnes Bartula; parents John and Aniela Bartula; brothers Henry, Kie, Tony, Alex, Mark, and Marion; sisters Valeria "Willie" Mushinski and Jane Gillick.Joe was a veteran of World War II and participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge, and battles in Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe. He received four Bronze Stars, a Bronze Arrowhead, a Good Conduct Medal, a Distinguished Unit Badge, a Service Stripe, and six Overseas Service Bars. Joe worked as a production mechanic for American Can Company in Houston and retired after a 30 year career.He was a member of St. Pius V Catholic Church in Pasadena for 55 years. Joe was active in the Pasadena Madison Jobe Senior Citizens Center and with his wife Abbey was instrumental in starting its Kitchen Band. He was an accomplished musician on guitar, banjo, bass, piano, organ, and violin and performed at numerous events in Houston and Central Texas. Joe loved to garden and took great pride in growing fruits, vegetables, and pecans to share with his family and friends. He was a man of unsurpassed kindness and touched the heart of everyone he met in a special way.Most of all Joe loved being with his family. He is survived by his daughter, Pamela Bartula Edwards; son, James Bernard Bartula and wife Linda Sumpter Bartula; grandchildren, Michelle Ann Edwards, Matthew David Bartula, Charlotte Elizabeth Bartula, and many other relatives.Visitation will be from 6 pm to 8:30 pm Friday, June 3, 2005 at Colonial Funeral Home, 901 S. Main, Pasadena with a vigil service starting at 7 pm. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 10 am by the Rev. Hubert J. Kealy at St. Pius V Catholic Church, Main at Harris in Pasadena, TX and interment will follow at Forest Park Lawndale. Colonial Funeral Home 901 South Main Pasadena, Texas (713) 472-4337
Published in the Houston Chronicle on 6/2/2005.