C.J. (Bart) Bartkoviak, 88, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2011. Visitation will be noon-2 p.m. Monday at Morrison Funeral Home, Cherokee, with the service to follow at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. J.B. Burns will officiate. Burial will be at Burns Cemetery, Maud.
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Mr. Bartkoviak was a loving husband, the best dad a girl could have, a wonderful pawpaw and was loved deeply by all his family, friends and former students. He was a World War II veteran where as a member of the 514th Field Artillery Battalion, he was a survivor of the Battle of the Bulge. After graduating from Texas A&M University on a GI Bill, he had a fascinating career, first at Keesler Air Force Base and then Redstone Arsenal, working on surface to air missiles and teaching soldiers electronic maintenance of missiles. He then had a second career as an instructor at Muscle Shoals Technical College. Bart was a faithful member of the Lions Club, N.A.R.F.E. Association Chapter 233, VFW, Rose Trail Association and Pals.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Bartkoviak; daughters, Melissa Foster, Vanessa Breeden and Marsha Cornelius; grandchildren, Kevin and Rachel Foster and Anna Grace Cornelius; two brothers and two sisters.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Morrison Funeral Home, Cherokee, is directing. The online guest book is available at morrisonfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Florence Times Daily on Feb. 27, 2011