James D. Bartelt

James D. Bartelt, 78, of Kohlsville, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2005 at Synergy Health St. Josephís Hospital, in the town of Polk.

He was born on March 28, 1927 on the family homestead farm in the town of Wayne to the late Herman and Paula (nee Kurth) Bartelt.

Jim graduated from Kewaskum High School in 1944 and then worked on the farm with his father.

On Dec. 26, 1966 he was united in marriage to Diane Engeleiter at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in the town of Wayne. Together they continued farming and raising a family.

Jim retired in 1987, but continued to help his son, Keith, who now works the farm.

Jim was a life member of Zion Ev. Lutheran Church and spent 24 years on the church council.

He was also a member of the Kohlsville Fire Deptment and a former member of both the Kohlsville Sportsmanís Club and the Kohlsville Kruisers Snow-mobile Club.

Jimís church life, his family, his friends and his sense of humor, made Jimís life complete.

Survivors include his wife, Diane; three children, Beth (Rick) Steiner, Keith (Vicki) Bartelt and Kevin (Tera) Bartelt, all of Kohlsville; seven grandchildren, Nathan, Erica, and Justin Steiner, Seth and Eli Bartelt and Marguerite and Sophia Bartelt; a sister, Elaine Rohde of Kieler; a brother, Eugene (Ellen) Bartelt of Waukegan, Ill.; two sisters-in-law, Mardell (Erwin) Rauh of Slinger and Naomi Engeleiter of West Bend; a brother-in-law, Gerald (Susan) Engeleiter of Somerset; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Duane Rohde.

Funeral services to remember Jimís life will be held on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, town of Wayne.

Rev. Steve Bode will officiate. and burial will be in Zion Church Cemetery on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

Visitation will be Friday at the church only from 3 p.m. until the time of service.

Memorials to Zion Ev. Lutheran Church or KEYS are appreciated.

Myrhum-Patten Funeral and Cremation Service, West Bend, is assisting the family.

Online guest book and condolences may be found at www.myrhum-patten.com.