Harold W. Bartig

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Harold W. Bartig

December 02, 1921 - February 11, 2020

Harold W. Bartig Harold 'Bones' W. Bartig
Harold "Bones" W. Bartig, 98, of La Crosse passed away Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, at the Bethany-Riverside Nursing Facility. He was born in Eau Claire, Wis., Dec. 2, 1921, to William and Dora (Redmond) Bartig. He married Arlene J. Juroszek Feb. 14, 1943, in Eau Claire. Arlene preceded him in death Sept. 29, 2008.
Harold served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of American Legion Post 52 of La Crosse. He was a long-time, active member of Faith Lutheran Church in La Crosse and was the last surviving charter member of the parish.
Harold worked as a printer throughout his life. His career began at Eau Claire Printing, before moving on to the Echo Graphic newspaper in Lake City, Minn. After moving to La Crosse in 1955, Harold worked for La Crosse Printing, now La Crosse Graphics, and the La Crosse Tribune, before retiring. In his retirement years, Harold worked part-time in the Physical Education Dept., at UW-L.
Harold is survived by his children, Donald (Nancy) Bartig of Ladysmith, Wis., Sandra (Dr. Richard Sr.) Lofthouse of Naples, Fla., and Thomas Bartig of La Crosse; his grandchildren and great grandchildren, Jeff (Sara) Bartig and their daughters, Kate and Anna, of Houlton, Wis., Steve (Sally) Bartig and their children, Emily, Maggie and Ryan, of Elk Mound, Wis., Dr. Majelle (Brad) Susler and their son, Cohen, of Milwaukee, and Major Richard (Kate) Lofthouse Jr. and their son, Hank, of Monterey, Calif.; two sisters, Lois (Herb Sr.) Sakalaucks and Dorothy (Ray) Isham, both of Eau Claire; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, Arlene, Harold was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kelly Lofthouse; a daughter-in-law, Bette Bartig; a sister, Phyllis Bartig; and a brother, James Bartig.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Faith Lutheran Church, 1407 Main St., La Crosse. The Revs. Jacob Eichers, Paul Mundinger and James Cumming, will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow in Mormon Coulee Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 4 until 7 p.m. Friday, at Schumacher-Kish Funeral and Cremation Services, 200 West Ave. S., La Crosse, and from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the church. An online guest book is available at www.schumacher-kish.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Faith Lutheran Church or the Lutheran Layman's League.
Harold's family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staffs at Bethany on Cass and Bethany-Riverside and also to Dr. Mary Bassing for their wonderful care.
Published on February 13, 2020
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7 posts

Paul B Grothem
Feb 18, 2020
To Don: So very sorry & sad to hear about the passing of your Father. When I think of my teenage years, his & his wife's humor always comes to mind. When Kirk, Lyle, you & I would meet at your home to practice singing & were about to sing in public with reservations....It was your Father who told us to "Just see the audience as everyone wearing long-handle red underwear". (I had that humorous card for several years). I'm certain he had a wonderful life. He was always so easy going as I recall you were. Your Mom & Dad are together once again. God bless you & your family.
Carla and Tom Neumann
Feb 17, 2020
We wanted to let the family know they are in our prayers. Harold was a wonderful man and touched many lives.
Love to all of you.
Carla and Tom
Jacklynn Grimm, LPN
Feb 15, 2020
To the family of Harold "Bones" Batting: my sincerest condolences on the passing of your father. I so enjoyed working with him while a nurse on the 400 unit. He always had a smile for me. He will be missed! God bless!
Corky Nelson
Feb 13, 2020
The Bartig's were always encouraging and positive and enjoyed laughter. Ron and I would purposely drive by their house and would see them working in their yard. They always had time to talk and laugh.
Mick Miyamoto
Feb 13, 2020
As a former volunteer assistant football coach I had the opportunity to interact with "Bones" on nearly a daily basis. I ALWAYS looked forward to our conversations albeit usually very brief. He was a kind-hearted soul and anyone who also had the chance came away a better person. Peace be with his entire family as you grieve his loss and celebrate the impact that he had on thousands of student-athletes, dozens of coaches, and the university of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Pat Healy
Feb 13, 2020
Such a great person. I always loved talking to Bones during his tenure at UWL. Always did a good job for athletics. I always found him positive and friendly. It’s always hard to lose a fellow vet. Rest In Peace my friend.
Michael Ablan, Esq.
Feb 13, 2020
Deepest sympathies to you Tom. I could tell he was your buddy.