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Walter Anthony Bartkowiak

September 2, 1934 ~ January 17, 2024 (age 89) 89 Years Old

Walter Bartkowiak Obituary

Walter A. Bartkowiak, 89, passed away on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 at Story Point Assisted Living.

Walt was born on September 02, 1934 in Pulaski, WI to the late Walter J. and Katherine (Smurawa) Bartkowiak. On July 20, 1957, Walt married his loving wife, Marilyn (Berryman); she preceded him death in 2020. He is also preceded in death by his sisters, Lillian Wengrzyn, Virginia McKeefry, Othelia Tillie Harrison, and Gladys Kirby; and brother, Richard Bartkowiak.

Left to cherish the memory of Walt are his children, Diane (Larry) Kiles, David (Joyce) Bartkowiak, Tim (Jean) Bartkowiak, Katherine (Steven) Garber, Amy (Stephen) Carney; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Walt graduated from GMI with his mechanical engineering degree, then went on to Western Ontario University to earn his MBA. He worked in the automotive industry for 42 years; the last 15 years were spent in executive management. Walt was a parishioner of St. Jude Catholic Church, a member of the World-Wide Marriage Encounter, Knights of Columbus, and a 50-year member of SAE. He enjoyed sailing the Great Lakes, taking cruises, traveling, and spending winters in Florida at Marco Island. Walt cherished time spent with his family above all. He will be greatly missed by many.

Visitation will be 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Tuesday, January 23, 2024 in St. Joseph Funeral Home beginning with a Rosary at 2:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am Wednesday, January 24, 2024 with visitation 1 hour prior, in St. Jude Catholic Church. Entombment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Donations in honor of Walter Bartkowiak may be made to the Knights of Columbus.

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Services

Visitation
Tuesday
January 23, 2024

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Saint Joseph Funeral Home
824 S. Mayflower Road
South Bend, IN 46619

Rosary
Tuesday
January 23, 2024

2:00 PM
Saint Joseph Funeral Home
824 S. Mayflower Road
South Bend, IN 46619

Visitation
Wednesday
January 24, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Jude Catholic Church
19704 Johnson Road
South Bend, IN 46614

Mass of Christian Burial
Wednesday
January 24, 2024

11:00 AM
St. Jude Catholic Church
19704 Johnson Road
South Bend, IN 46614

Committal
Wednesday
January 24, 2024

12:20 PM
St. Joseph Cemetery (South Bend)

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