James Howard (Jim) Bartelt

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Bartelt, James Howard (Jim)

Madison-James (Jim) Howard Bartelt, age 86, passed away on Friday, October 19, in Madison.

Jim was born in Marathon, Wisconsin, to G. F. and Ruth (Weber) Bartelt. He grew up in Marathon during the Great Depression. Like many in the "Greatest Generation," he joined the Army in 1944. During World War II, he served as a member of the Signal Corp in the 126th Signal Service Company (radio intelligence) in Hawaii, Okinawa, Korea and Japan.

After World War II, Jim attended the University of Wisconsin, benefitting from, as he used to say "the greatest piece of social legislation - the GI Bill." He graduated from the School of Journalism in 1949.

Jim began his journalism career as news director for the Green Bay Press Gazette's radio station WJPG. There he met a fellow writer and broadcaster, Mary Ann Chamberlain, whom he married in Marquette, Michigan, in 1952. Jim continued his career in journalism at the Press Gazette as a government reporter, editorial page editor and associate editor in Madison. He fondly remembered covering City Hall in Green Bay when Lambeau Field was authorized in a close vote and creating written play by plays in the press box at Packer games. He also covered 10 presidential conventions, had several presidential interviews and traveled through the Middle East on a reporting trip. Throughout his career he had a reputation as a "gentlemen journalist" with a reputation for fair, unbiased and factual reporting. Jim had a life-long interest in politics and government, his interest continuing as he followed the 2012 presidential election.

Jim served in the Green Bay community as the president of the Green Bay Curative Workshop during the construction of its new facility. While in Madison, Jim contributed his time to several organizations, including the State Historical Society. He was a volunteer at churches he attended and served on vestries. Most recently, his skills were needed answering the phones at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison on Tuesday afternoons.

Jim was a great observer and reporter of life. He enjoyed following the events in his children's and grandchildren's lives, serving as the "information hub" for the family in his phone calls with them.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann, this Easter and is survived by their children Ann (Charles) Yeager of Ishpeming, Michigan; Betsy (David) Connell of Girdwood, Alaska; and Paul (Beth) Bartelt of Howards Grove, Wisconsin; and grandchildren John, Matthew, Lucas, Alyssa, Zachary, Katie, and Noah; brother John (Pat), sisters Joyce and Mary and brother George; and many nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by brothers-in-law Jerry Rosso and David Butler.

Services will be held Thursday, October 25th at 2:00 pm at Grace Episcopal Church, 116 W. Washington Ave., Madison, with a visitation 1 hour prior to service.

Memorials can be made to: Grace Episcopal Church Food Pantry.

Cress Funeral Home

3325 E. Washington Ave

Madison WI 53704

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Published in the Wausau Daily Herald on Oct. 24, 2012
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