OBITUARY

Kathleen "Kitty" E. Bartell

May 22, 1925May 5, 2021
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Kathleen E. Bartell “Kitty” age 95 of Indianapolis, formerly of Albion was called to her heavenly home on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. She was born on May 22, 1925 in Zion, Illinois the daughter of Percy and Emma (Bach) Woodman. On October 20, 1945, Kitty was united in Marriage to Donald Bartell and he preceded her in death on March 7, 1995 after 49 years of marriage. Kitty was blessed later in life with her very dear friend Dev Tompkins. She and Dev loved enjoying life together every chance they got. She was also preceded in death by her parents, 7 sisters and 3 brothers.

Kitty moved to Albion from Zion, IL in 1946, shortly after she and Donald were married. She worked as a sales clerk for JC Penney for many years until 1982 when they closed. She was also a member of the First Baptist Church in Albion.

Kitty enjoyed square and round dancing for over 25 years of her life. She was an avid reader, and also loved to sing, knit, crochet and watch her Detroit Tigers when she wasn’t giving of herself through numerous volunteering opportunities. These included helping out at the Albion Historical Society, blood drives, voting, Kids ‘N’ Stuff Museum, and many others.

Kitty believed that no matter a person’s background, everyone deserved to be shown respect and kindness. She actively lived out that belief and was loved by many for her kind and humble spirit. Kitty enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She was blessed to enjoy life with numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

Kitty leaves behind her children to cherish her memory, Dorothy Baldwin of Louisville, KY, Don (Diane) Bartell of Rodney, MI, Dave (Raynee) Bartell of Indianapolis, IN, and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and other extended family. Kitty’s family will receive visitors at the J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, 811 Finley Dr., Albion on Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 12PM until the time of her service at 1PM With Pastor Thomas Hollowood officiating. Burial will follow immediately after in Pulaski Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Albion Historical Society, Albion Kids ‘N’ Stuff Museum or First Baptist Church of Albion. To leave online messages of condolence, please visit www.kevintiddfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 13, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, May 13, 2021

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Kathleen Seidl

May 10, 2021

Kitty was one of my favorite patrons at the Albion District Library. She always had a smile on her face and was delightful to chat with. Sincere sympathy to her family.

Jack Woodman

May 8, 2021

Aunt Kitty was my father Paul's youngest sister and she was the last surviver of 11 children. I was their ring bearer when she and Don got married. I wore a sailor suit as Don and the groomsmen were all in the Navy. Unfortunately I did not see her very often as they moved to Albion after Don was done with his enlistment and I grew up in Zion, Illinois. After marriage I located to the Denver area of Colorado. It was unfortunate for Kitty that her father was killed in a car train accident when she was very little so she grew up without a father. My condolences to her family as they have had 2 deaths recently. Nephew Jack Woodman

Laurie Colon (thurow)

May 7, 2021

Kitty worked with my mom at jc Penny for many yrs, she was always very kind and liked to laugh, I will always remember her fondly and send my sincere condolences to the family.

Dolores Manthei

May 7, 2021

I KNEW kitty for many years, my first husband and I dance with her

and Don, we belonged to the same Sq.dance club.

She will be missed by all that knew her.

My prayers are with her family

Dolores Manthei

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