Coutts Funeral Home & Cremation Centre

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Jean Estelle Bartleman

January 15, 1928March 19, 2020

Peacefully, at Cambridge Memorial Hospital on Thursday, March 19, 2020 in her 93rd year.

She is survived by loving family. Sister of Mary M. Bartleman of Cambridge and Rev. Bruce G. Bartleman and his wife Alice of Fergus, David Frank Bartleman (2018) and his wife sister-in-law Barbara Bartleman of Cambridge, and Ruth Elizabeth Bartleman (1944). Aunt of Nancy and Martin West of England, Carolyn and Richard Boyne of Elmira, Dr. Betty Bartleman and Murray McNab of Ladysmith, B.C., Janet and Dennis Owens of Cambridge, Sue Bartleman and Kevin Brown of Toronto, Lorna and Mike Felske of Eganville and Christopher and Christina Bartleman of North Vancouver. Great-aunt of Haley Owens, Rebecca Owens, Henry Brown, Catherine Brown, Sarah and Ben Zavitz, Holly and Alex Fensham, Maggie Boyne, Claire Bartleman and Adam Bartleman. Great-great aunt of Oliver John Zavitz. Predeceased by her father David Knox Bartleman (1963) and mother Hannah Elizabeth (nee Welland) (1965). Jean was an outstanding Legal Secretary of longstanding at Simmers, Edwards and Jenkins Law Firm in Cambridge, Galt. She was a long time member of Central Presbyterian Church and an active member of the Senior Choir, the Flower Guild, Session and the famous Carol Singer Dolls Group for many years. In her spare time, she loved to curl and socialize with her friends and siblings at the Galt Curling Club and the Galt Country Club. To honour Jean’s wishes a private graveside service was held. A Celebration of Life Gathering will be arranged at a later date. If desired, donations may be made to the Arthritis Society or Cancer Research Institute would be greatly appreciated by the family.


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Shirley Lindhorst

March 30, 2020

My sincere condolences to you all - Jean had such a beautiful smile and was such fun to be with on Sunday afternoon walks in downtown Galt - my thoughts are with you - god bless

Faye Viscount

March 28, 2020

I send my sincere sympathy to Jean's family and especially Mary.
We were Aberdeen neighbors. They were always together and always jovial and full of laughter. I think they were famous in old Galt!
Faye Viscount (Everingham)

Tony Fieder

March 27, 2020

Hi Mary,

So sorry to hear of Jean's passing. Her obituary shows how vibrant a life she lead. I still remember our visit with you and Jean in Barbados and how much Jennifer liked meeting both of you. May she rest in peace.


Esther Hannaford

March 26, 2020

My condolences to the family. I knew Jean through her sister Mary who I worked with at Galt Collegiate. I think everyone knew the Bartleman sisters who were together more often than not, it was seldom you saw one without the other being far behind. Thinking of you Mary and so sorry for your loss.

Elizabeth Shearer

March 25, 2020

I have so many fond memories of visits with Auntie Mary & Auntie Jean while growing up. The friendship between our families go back decades to when my mother, Margaret (Peggy) Shearer (nee Baclay) and Jean and Mary were younger. My sister and I always loved hearing stories from when they were girls. My most sincere condolences. Jean was a remarkable woman, loved by many, and will be missed greatly.

Tom LeBrun

March 25, 2020

I had the privilege of working with Jean at Simmers Edward,Jenkins from 1968 until the time that Jean's dear friend and soul mate Russ Edwards retired from the firm on May 31,1980. Russ had the heaviest and most demanding law practice in Cambridge. He and Jean processed a mountain of work and served a multitude of corporate and commercial clients in a most professional and dignified manner. Jean loved fun and always had time for me as the new young lawyer in the firm. Many a lesson in how to properly practice law was learned from Jean by me and many other lawyers in town. Jean and Mary had a special place in the hearts of everyone at the law firm. Rest in peace Jean.

Betty Bartleman

March 24, 2020

It is difficult to believe that we will no longer be able to be entertained by Aunt Jean's stories and award winning smile. I have known Aunt Jean my whole life. She, along with Aunt Mary, was a living role model of an independent woman with a successful career and active social life. Her and Aunt Mary's lives seemed exotic, living in a high rise apartment, going on trips and how did they make all of those Christmas Carol Singer Dolls anyway? She had a youthfulness that belied her years.
Aunt Jean has always been a part of my life, making me feel important as a little girl, raising a glass on the holidays, putting on silly hats for her 90th birthday and always with a story (or 3!). I am sure she was in the middle of a story as she passed through the pearly gates!
I am pretty sure she never knew how important she was to me. I miss my Aunt Jean.

Norma Doerfling

March 24, 2020

Mary so sorry to hear of Jean's passing. She taught me a lot about law when I first started at Simmers, Edwards, Jenkins in 1976. She was a great person to work with. RIP Jean

Murray McNab

March 24, 2020

Here is a picture of Jean and myself, from Christmas 2019.

Murray McNab

March 24, 2020

I only met Jean, about 9 years ago, at her little brother Bruce's 80th birthday party in Fergus. It became very clear, very quickly that Jean and baby sister, Mary, loved to talk! Betty has informed me that Jean was a tough old bird, who survived an illness, which resulted in her hearing loss.
Our trips to Ontario, were never really complete, if they did not include a trip to "Galt", to visit the "Aunts".
Jean may not have heard everything, but made up for that, with her award winning smile.
On one occasion, Mary had had enough of Jean's loud talk and told her to SHH! Jean looked over at me and gave the internationally recognised sign of, zipping up her lips, followed by that smile!
Betty and I talked about recording some of the girls stories, but we never did.
It is hard to write about Jean, without including Mary. These two lived together, forever! From what I observed, Mary was about the best little sister, a person could ask for! She has assisted Jean for many years, to the point that she admitted to having to use "Jean's Bench" on a recent trip to the grocery store.
In closing, please raise a glass of Rye & ginger, to Jean.
Also, when this virus thing passes, stop by and share a toast with Mary, cause like Laurel & Hardy - they were a team.
Thank you.