Jack Thomas Bartosz

Oct. 4, 2001 – Aug. 27, 2012

Jack Thomas Bartosz, born Oct. 4, 2001, heroically battled cancer for more than 6 years and 11 months, finding his ultimate cure in heaven Thursday, Aug. 27, 2012.

Through years of treatments and trials, travels and tribulations, Jack’s indomitable spirit, joyous personality and happy attitude affected all who knew him. He changed the world with his ever positive philosophy, believing in the goodness of people and the simple joys of life while cherishing every moment of living fully, honestly, happily, wisely and always with wonder and enthusiasm.

Jack attended Swallow School in Hartland where, in spite of frequent medical absences, he maintained straight As. He was a bright, shining student loved by his teachers and his classmates for his quick wit, happy outlook and considerate treatment of everyone, young and old. As a Cub Scout, he was awarded the highest honor of The Order of The Swamp Fox for his persistence, his congeniality and his positive attitude. 

Jack loved to participate in numerous activities with his family and friends and was particularly fond of golf. Jack would stand at the tee on his favorite third hole at Chenequa Country Club and happily muster all strength in a full-out determined effort to clear the water hazard and land the ball safely on the green. He enjoyed tennis and swimming, was a master of Legos and enjoyed fishing in the beautiful lakes of northern Wisconsin. Jack was a cheese connoisseur, who delighted in trying all varieties of cheeses and was often known as Cheddar Jack by all who knew his love of cheese. As an avid Packers fan, he enjoyed both watching and attending games and was befriended by Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers. As in all activities, he was happiest doing his best and being exactly who he was, no pretenses, just resounding honest to goodness joy of life. 

Jack will be deeply missed by his devoted family. He was the precious son of Sarah and John K. Bartosz; loving brother of his twin sister Annie; cherished grandson of Julie and Andy Detling and John W. Bartosz and the late Carolyn Bartosz; adored nephew of Katie Detling, Chris and Robynn Bartosz and David Bartosz; and playful cousin to Alex and Abby Bartosz. 

He will be dearly missed by a multitude of friends, as well as those he met from all over the country, including many nurses and doctors who loved him and cared earnestly for his health and welfare while he cared about keeping them entertained and laughing even when marching bravely into a surgical procedure, treatment protocol or clinical trial. Jack has left a legacy of sensitivity and compassion that was wise beyond his years and will continue to inspire good works and much laughter for all who knew and loved this wonderful soul that is and will always be Jack. His philosophy was simple and pure: “People, you just gotta believe. Be happy.”

The family asks that memorial gifts be given to the I Back Jack Foundation to fund research for pediatric cancers. Memorials may be sent to I Back Jack Foundation, P.O. Box 41, Hartland, WI 53029, or online at www.ibackjack.org. A celebration of Jack’s life will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Westbrook Church, 1100 Highway 83, Hartland, WI 53029. 

“People know me for my happiness. I don’t want people to think of me for sadness.” – Jack
... you have made the world a happier, more hopeful place and will be forever with us.