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Bartel, Donald W.

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December 24, 1924 - February 13, 2015

Bartel, Donald W.

Donald W. Bartel, 90, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on February 13, 2015, from complications of several strokes.

He was born on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1924 in Sterling, Illinois, to Joseph H. Bartel and Ethel Logsdon Bartel. Don was a kind, generous and happy man who dearly loved his wife of 67 years, Mary A. Bartel.

He is survived by his wife Mary, six children, 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Don and Mary lived in Galesburg, Illinois, where Barbara was born, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where the other five children were born.

They moved to Rockford, Illinois in 1962 and lived there for 49 years. In 2012, they joined their three sons and multiple grandchildren in Plano, Texas. Don enjoyed several careers over his long and productive life, including sales, owning part interest a dragstrip in Cordova, Illinois, working at Chrysler in Belvidere, Illinois, and investing in real estate. He traveled all over the world with his beloved Mary, riding camels in Egypt, seeing the Wonders of the World. and visiting family. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family, casting an uncritical eye and showering unconditional love.

The funeral will be held on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 10:30 am at Prince of Peace Catholic Community, 5100 West Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas 75093.

Survivors include his wife Mary, his children Barbara, Rick and his wife Sophie, Pat Astleford and her husband Bob, Carol Gambrel and her husband Keith, John, and Tom and his wife Kathy. Grandchildren include Michael, Ashley, Matthew, Emily, Daniel and Rebecca Bartel; Renee, Brad and Laura Gambrel; Julie Olson-Rachlin and her husband Seth; and Sarah Cooney and her husband Steven. His great grandchild is Jake Siebert.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Prince of Peace Catholic Community, Plano, Texas; Cathedral of St. Peter, Rockford, Illinois; or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
214-306-6700

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Eisenrich Family

March 02, 2015 11:30AM

Our sympathy to Mary and the Bartel family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.


Betsey McCoy

February 28, 2015 9:08AM

Coming home from Texas, I heard of Dons death. He was a beautiful man and a beautiful human being. Dons smile would light up a room, and I will always remember what a kind and gentle person he was. Dick and I are blessed to have had such a dear friend in our lives. To you, Mary, all my love and sympathy. Betsey McCoy


Krista Holder

February 24, 2015 3:35PM

Mrs. Bartel,

I am sorry to hear of your husbands passing. He was always such a kind man and gracious to those around him. He made you feel like the only person in the room when you talked to him and as a young kid, that was a real treat for the adults to give. My heart and prayers are with your family during this time. I feel blessed to have know Mr. Bartel and I know my folks always considered you both part of our family.

With Love,

Krista Holder


Julie & Seth Rachlin and Family

February 21, 2015 3:29PM

We're so sorry. Don had an amazing smile and personality. Such a special man. Such a wonderful person. We will miss him and are so grateful for the memories we have. Mary, after 67 years of marriage, I know you have a very special guardian angel looking over you now. Love and hugs to all...


Lucy M. Pirages

February 20, 2015 10:26PM

Dearest Mrs. Bartel, Carol, Keith, Barb, Rick, Pat, "my Jack", Tom and all of the beloved Grandchildren, Please know that all of you will remain in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. As you know your Parents and Grandparents made such a "handsome" couple. The Bartels were brilliant, but never boastful. They always believed in giving back to their community through the form of volunteer work and education. Mr. Bartel was always the consummate gentleman. He always complimented me and made me feel like "queen for a day", literally. I can just cry thinking of the tender moments I was able to share with Mr.and Mrs. Bartel, however brief through the years.i can still be reminiscient of talking with your remarkable Parents in the corner of your living room. Mr. Bartel was moved to tears talking about Brad's courageous challenge that he faced as a little boy. Too, your ever protective Grandpa was genuinely concerned about his beautiful Grand daughters safety as they grew older.i was well blessed recently to be in line with your Parents at Dr. L.P. Johnson's wake service. I recognized your Mother's gentle laugh and your Dad's voice. Once again, I was showered with praises. It is not often in life that one can grow up with a best friend and be so embraced by their Parents. God love you, I do.XX Lucy


Richard Fratesi

February 20, 2015 4:43PM

You two were a beautiful couple. Sorry for your loss but Don is certainly looking down on us. Dick Fratesi


Jane Bartel Layng

February 20, 2015 9:30AM

Carol, I am saddened to hear of your Dad passing . I remember him as such a sweet gentleman . Sending prayers for your family. Please tell your Mom I send my love.


Judy Lamping

February 20, 2015 12:48AM

Mary and family,my thoughts and prayers are with you. Don and Mary were wonderful friends to Gary and I.


carol and Dick Scott

February 19, 2015 3:01PM

Our sympathy to Mary and the entire Bartel family. He was a gentleman and it was a pleasure to know him.
Peace and Love, Carol and Dick


Joe and Jeanette Geraghty

February 19, 2015 8:19AM

Was an honor to know Don and Mary while they were in Rockford. God bless. Jeanette and Joe


Tom and Gail Wallens

February 19, 2015 6:21AM

We're so sorry to learn of Don's passing. He was a good neighbor and friend. Garfield Avenue mourns him and the neighborhood is saddened by his loss.