Bernice Bartkus Obituary

Bernice  Bartkus
Bernice Bartkus

April 22, 1928 - July 25, 2019
Born in Hartford, Connecticut
Resided in Bridgewater, New Jersey


Bernice Bartkus
Loving Mother, Grandmother & Great-Grandmother

Bernice (Okolita) Bartkus, 91, of Bridgewater, NJ passed away in the early morning hours of Thursday, July 25, 2019. The daughter of a Polish immigrant mother and Ukranian immigrant father, Bernice was born in Hartford, CT on April 22, 1928. Bernice lived in Bridgewater, NJ since 1958. Her husband, Victor Bartkus, Sr., predeceased her. Together they raised three wonderful children and is survived by daughter Marilyn (Bartkus) Wahl and her husband Michael of Williamsburg, VA, son Victor Bartkus, Jr. and wife Patty of Chandler, AZ, daughter Joanne (Bartkus) Becker and her husband Paul of Barnegat, NJ and brother Ed Okolita and his wife Sylvia of Toms River, NJ. She was predeceased by her brother Walter Okolita and his wife Helen. She was a grandmother to 7 grandchildren, Kara (Becker) Emerick (husband Michael), Sean Becker (wife Kirsti), Stefanie (Wahl) Mustian (husband Jason), Christopher Wahl, Christina (Bartkus) Mastroianni (husband Michael), Jennifer (Bartkus) Donnelley (husband Josh) and Matthew Bartkus (wife Payton). She was a great-grandmother to 8 grandsons with her first great-granddaughter due this coming November. She treasured her family, and was loved by them all. Even her children’s and grandchildren’s pet dogs loved her, especially when she enjoyed feeding them from under the table.

She enjoyed traveling, especially to visit her children in the various locations they lived at over the years.

Bernice retired from Ethicon, a Johnson & Johnson company, after over 25 years.

She remained independent to the end, living in the home she raised her children in, driving herself to appointments, running errands, shopping, and catching the bus once or twice a week to Caesar’s in Atlantic City or Sands in Bethlehem, PA.

Viewing will be held at Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home, 111 N Gaston Ave, in Somerville, NJ on Thursday, August 1st from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A prayer service will be held Friday morning, August 2nd @ 9 a.m. A funeral service will be held at St. Bernard Roman Catholic Church, 500 US Highway 22, Bridgewater, NJ on Friday, August 2nd at 10 a.m.



Bruce C. Van Arsdale Funeral Home
111 North Gaston Avenue
Somerville, NJ US 08876
Thursday, August 1, 2019
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church
500 Route 22 East
Bridgewater, NJ US 08807
Friday, August 2, 2019
10:00 AM
St. Bernard Cemetery
551 State Route 28
Bridgewater, NJ US 08807
Friday, August 2, 2019


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