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John A. Bartholomew, 87, a retired Nogales High School educator, passed away at his home in Green Valley on Sept. 30, 2013. John began teaching industrial arts classes in Oregon and later moved to Nogales in 1967 where he taught in the high school until his retirement in 1987.

John was born on June 25, 1926 in Lebanon, Neb., to Urban B. and Hannah M. (Kaiser) Bartholomew. After his graduation from Lebanon High School in 1944, he joined the U. S. Navy, serving in the Pacific theater during World War II on board the USS Casablanca. He received an honorable discharge in June 1946. After his Navy service, John attended the University of Nebraska and later completed his B.Ed in Industrial Arts at Kearney (Neb.) State Teacher's College in 1952. He later received his M.Ed at Oregon State University in 1956.

While at the University of Nebraska, John met and fell in love with Helen L. Lehmkuhl and they married on May 28, 1950. To this union were born two sons, Mike and Donald, and a daughter Carol.

After his retirement in 1987, John and Helen loved traveling the U.S. and Canada with their fifth-wheel trailer, visiting family and friends along the way. In 1993, they moved from Nogales to Green Valley to fully retire. John was very involved with his church, including building all the altar pieces for the new building. He was also a Freemason and very active in the Order of the Eastern Star. John volunteered at the White Elephant thrift store in Green Valley, repairing toys and small electronics; in August 2013 he was recognized for his 20 years of service at the White Elephant.

In the late 1990s, his wife Helen was diagnosed with cancer and John was her devoted caregiver until her passing on June 30, 2002, after more than 52 years together. John later met and fell in love with Mary Schober and they were married in Green Valley on July 14, 2007. John and Mary shared a beautiful loving life together until the very end.

John was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and his first wife Helen. In addition to his wife Mary, John is survived by Mike (Donalee) of Las Cruces NM; Don (Brenda) of Augusta, GA; and Carol of Chinle, AZ. He is also survived by his grandchildren David, Seville, Sam, Rich, Brittany, Bethany, and Brooke, 5 great-grandchildren, 3 nephews, 2 nieces, and many more family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, 17750 S. La Caada Drive, Sahuarita, AZ, with Pastor Randy Mayer officiating. The family recommends memorial gifts be given to the Arizona Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association or the Good Shepherd.

Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Oct. 14, 2013
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