Nicholas Joseph Bartko

February 9, 1997June 13, 2017
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On Tuesday, June 13th, 2017, Nicholas Joseph Bartko (20), of Ellicott City, MD passed away. Beloved son of Dennis & Robin Bartko. Loving brother of Christina and Noah Bartko. Dear grandson of Elizabeth Bartko. Cherished nephew of Mary Beth Bartko (godmother), Howard and his wife Lori, Laura and her husband Bob (godfather), and George and his wife Charlotte. Dear cousin of Hillary, Tom, Brian, Mark, Julia, Matthew, and Amy. A loved one of the Billington family and Anita Foder.

Family and friends are invited to gather at the Gary L. Kaufman Funeral Home at Meadowridge Memorial Park, Inc., 7250 Washington Boulevard, Elkridge, MD 21075 (exit 6 off Rt. 100) on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 from 3 to 5 pm and 7 to 9 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 at 10:00 am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 4795 Ilchester Rd. Ellicott City, MD 21043. Interment Meadowridge Memorial Park, Elkridge, MD.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nick’s memory to the Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park, 8020 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City MD 21043 ( or Our Lady of Perpetual Help’s SALT Ministry for the hungry and needy, 4795 Ilchester Road Ellicott City, MD 21043 (


  • Visitation Tuesday, June 20, 2017
  • Visitation Tuesday, June 20, 2017
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, June 21, 2017
  • Committal Service Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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Molly Aston

July 14, 2017

Mr. Bartko, With deepest sympathy from my family to yours.

Ed, Jean and Nikki Hurley

June 28, 2017

Dear Dennis, Robin, Christina and Noah, our deepest sympathy for the profound loss of Nick (Nikkie as we think of him). Our thoughts and prayers go with you.

Betsy Barron

June 24, 2017

My dearest Dennis and Robin, My heart is aching for you and the loss of your beloved son, Nick. Your entire agency family is with you in your grief and pain. May our Divine Lord be with you as He has certainly already received Nick into the warmth of His Eternity. Betsy Barron and Jacob Ford

Lois Gutman

June 22, 2017

Dennis, My very deepest sympathies to you and your family. Lois Gutman

June 21, 2017


Deeply saddened by the tragic loss of your son, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Howard Friedman

Karen Sutton

June 21, 2017

RIP Nicholas Bartko. My deepest sympathy to Mr. & Mrs. Dennis & Robin Bartko, and his biological family as well as his UMBC family and friends. Praying your strength as you go through.

Jill Newton

June 21, 2017

Dennis and Robin, I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your son Nick. May God hold you in His loving embrace during this difficult time.

Susan Schall

June 21, 2017

My heart goes out to you... we lost our daughter at 20 suddenly and I really feel your pain.

June 20, 2017

Robin and Dennis, my heart aches for you and your family. There are no words to tell how sorry I am. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Take care of each other. Betty Poe Laurel, Md

Rachel K

June 20, 2017

During my first semester at UMBC, I met Nick. We had a lot of classes together for the first two semesters of college. Nick was one of the most down to earth people I have ever met in my life. He knew I was a commuter, so when it started raining unexpectedly, he would text me asking if I brought an umbrella because if not he could pick me up from wherever I was. (Our class was in PAHB, the furthest building on campus, and if I were to walk from the library to PAHB in the rain I would have been drenched.) I remember seeing him in this UMBC scarf that everyone was wearing around, and I asked him where he got it from because I was the only person without one. On my birthday, Nick went out of his way to get me one of those scarves. I honestly don't think I would have gotten through our ENGL100 class if it weren't for Nick. He always knew how to make me laugh during our boring lectures. I'll never forget the times I had with Nick.
I am so sorry for your loss. I am at a loss of words to express how devastated I am. Nick will always hold a special spot in my heart because he was one of my first friends at UMBC. Thank you for bringing such a wonderful and caring person into this world. I will keep your family in my prayers.