WAYNE L. BARTHOLOMY, 93, died peacefully, at home, with family, on Sunday, March 20, 2011. Born in Youngstown, Ohio on Dec. 31 1917, he was brought to Fort Wayne in 1918 to live with his grandmother, following the death of his mother. When he was 12, he was sent to an orphanage in New York State. He returned to Fort Wayne after high school and worked at Lincoln Life Insurance Co., where he met the love of his life, Patty. They were married at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Dec. 30, 1939. They had 67 years of amazing grace together, seven children, twenty grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren. He worked at Fort Wayne Filtration Plant, drove a taxi and owned and operated the Burger Bar Restaurant. At age 50, he started a new career at the Better Business Bureau as head of sales and marketing. He was subsequently named President and served until his retirement at the age of 67. Wayne and Patty attended mass daily, traveled extensively, volunteered at St. Vincent DePaul Society and served as a Eucharistic Minister. He was a member of Knights of Columbus and served Mass at McDougal Chapel. He enjoyed being with Patty, "going to the lake", playing bridge, golf, poker, bowling and eating ice cream. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patty; sister, Carroll Mettler; grandaughter, Rose; and great-grandaughter, Ellasyn Marie. He is survived by his sons, Patrick (Anne) of Gulfport, Miss., David (Suzie) of Owensboro, Ky., Mark (Rebecca) of Hawi, Hawaii and Tom (Durenda) of Charlotte, N.C.; and daughters, Ann (Steve) Gillig of Fort Wayne, Jane of Santa Rosa, Calif. and Paula (Beth) of Whitethorn, Calif.; nineteen grandchildren; and eighteen great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial is 10 a.m. Thursday, March 24, 2011 at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1122 South Clinton St., with calling one hour before mass. Msgr. Robert Schulte officiating. Calling also from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at Wayne's home, 3430 Kirkland Ave., Fort Wayne. Internment at Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials to St. Vincent DePaul Society at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Allen County Right to Life, or Matthew 25. The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to all Wayne's caregivers and Southern Care Hospice for their love and support. Arrangements by Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, Wayne St. Chapel. www.klaehnfahlmelton.com


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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Mar. 22, 2011