Luke Joseph Barthelemy, 29, was granted his angel wings on Sept. 11, 2012. His soul began a rough journey as a young man, and he tragically lost his battle with bipolar disorder.
Luke was born Oct. 11, 1982, in St. Cloud, Minn., to Joseph Barthelemy and Helena (Schuman) Schreder. He was the second oldest of seven siblings. He lived in Sauk Rapids and Foley, Minn., then lived the next 24 years of his life in North Pole.
Luke was known by many and loved by all. He was especially close to his sisters from the moment they were born. His brothers teased him growing up that he was "mama's boy," a title he did not mind. His goal in life was to drive a semi and he joked about being on the show "Ice Road Truckers." Instead, he was a "Nice Road Trucker." Luke drove truck for Airland Transport in Fairbanks and worked with a wonderful trucking family.
Luke was a 2001 North Pole High School graduate. His friends and teachers from his school years will remember his happy, full of life and loving spirit. His sparkling eyes and bright smile made those around him laugh and enjoy the moment. Although Luke was the self-proclaimed "shortest kid" in school, he was an impressive athlete who played basketball and football throughout his elementary and high school career, receiving numerous coaches and sportsmanship awards.
On Sept. 11, 2001, while the world was shocked by the 9-11 tragedies, Luke experienced a highlight of his life by shooting his first 60-inch bull moose on a hunting trip with his dad, Mike. He spoke in awe of the beauty and peacefulness of the great outdoors. His triumph and happiness radiate in the hunting photos.
Luke had a way of drawing both young and old alike. Children always gravitated to him because of his fun loving nature. Whenever Luke helped on a job, he received compliments for not only his workmanship, but pleasant and courteous manners.
Luke spoke fondly of Grandma Shirley's cooking during his visits to Minnesota. Korean food also topped his list of favorites starting with Grandma Pat's cooking and resulted in his regular visits to Seoul Gate in Fairbanks.
Luke is survived by his parents, Helena and Michael Schreder; ;sisters Megan and Nicole Schreder of North Pole; parent, Joseph Barthelemy; brothers, Joshua, Jacob and Jordan Barthelemy; stepbrother, Jared Molski of Sauk Rapids, Minn.; grandparents, Lawrence Schuman, Faye Schreder and Shirley Barthelemy of Minnesota; aunts and uncles, Jim and Linda Barthelemy, Annie Barthelemy, Pat and Lee Schreder, Brian and Marilyn Schreder, Bonnie Schreder, Keith and Amy (Schreder) Pallansch, and Jamie Schreder, all from Minnesota; Scott and Cathy Schreder, of Washington; Tim and Debbie (Schreder) Todd-Bremser of Arizona; Mari Schreder of California; Dan and Nancy (Schreder) Vossen of Michigan, and Mark and Anna (Schuman) Jung of California; as well as numerous cousins and extended family.
Luke was preceded in death by grandparents, Patricia Schuman, Paul Barthelemy and Jim Schreder; and uncles, Gary Barthelemy and Kevin Schreder, all from Minnesota.
Vigil services will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in North Pole. A Mass of Resurrection will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, with a reception to follow at St. Nicholas Catholic Church. An additional memorial service will be held in Minnesota at a later date.
The family requests donations be made to St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 707 St. Nicholas Drive, North Pole, AK 99705. The phone number is 488-2595.
Additional information regarding bipolar disorder can be found at www.nimh.nih.gov.
Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.