Rowena Elaine Bartels

March 23, 1930April 25, 2020

Rowena Elaine Bartels (Balkey), 90, passed away unexpectedly on April 25, 2020. Rowena was born on March 23, 1930 in Kansas City, Missouri to Ora “Clyde” Balkey and Sally Opal Balkey (Poteet). She graduated from North Kansas City High School in 1948. Rowena married Felton Maurice “Bart” Bartels on June 12, 1954. Rowena worked for BF Goodrich as a comptometer operator for approximately 10 years. She also did some modeling for The Three Sisters Dress Shop which was located in North Kansas City, Missouri. The couple was blessed with two daughters, Roberta Elaine (1955) and Rebecca Lynn (1956). Her children remember her as being dedicated to her family, especially her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was kind, generous, spunky and would certainly speak her mind. She enjoyed sewing, tole painting, genealogy, going to the farm with her husband and loved to travel. She was also an aggressive UNO player. She was a member of the Avondale United Methodist Church, a past Assistant Campfire Leader, PTA member and member of the Claycomo Saddle Club. She loved sports and was a big fan of the PBR.

Rowena is preceded in death by her parents, Ora “Clyde” Balkey, Sally Opal Balkey (Poteet) and her brother, Ronald James “Jim” Balkey.

Rowena is survived by her husband, Felton Maurice “Bart” Bartels; daughters, Roberta Elaine Freeman (Ray) and Rebecca Lynn Bartels; grandchildren, Ray Freeman, Jr., Isaac Davis, Rachel Weimer (Jacob) and Sarah O’Neil; great-grandchildren, Rayden Freeman, Elias “Eli” Weimer and Coen Weimer; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

The family would like to thank North Kansas City Hospital and the Cardiology Department for their outstanding care and dedication.

A visitation is planned for August 7 starting at 1 pm with a memorial service to follow at 2pm.


7 August


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Newcomer's White Chapel Funeral Home


7 August

Memorial Service

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Newcomer's White Chapel Funeral Home



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Roberta Freeman

July 31, 2020

Dear Mom- It has been 3 months since your passing and I still have a hard time dealing with that awful truth. I miss you so much-life will never be the same without you in it. It seems like a bad dream that does not end.

I will always love you and cherish the memories we had. I miss you, Mom.

Your daughter, Roberta

Sarah O'Neil

July 29, 2020

I had previously written a memory for my grandmother(Maw). She deserves another that is how special of a person she was. My heart aches daily. There has been so much happening that I wish I could tell her. She was always there to have a listening ear. The last time I spoke with her I told her I felt sad. She told me it would be ok. I try to take those words and turn them into positive encouragement. I just wish I could have had more time other than 2 years from moving back to KC from out of state. She will always be missed and loved dearly.

Patty Littrell

May 7, 2020

Rowena was the kindest, sweetest person in my life. A forever friend and faithful client. I feel we grew old together and I enjoyed her love for life. She was most Proud of her girls, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved her husband dearly. She was a Great Example for all of us. Heaven is
Blessed to have her.

Roberta Freeman (Bartels)

May 2, 2020

Mom-you were always there for me. You gave of yourself for all of us. You took care of Mamaw and Grandad in their final years while taking care of your grandchildren at the same time. I don't know how you managed. You were one-of-a-kind who always gave of yourself without complaint. You were kind, loving and rarely spoke badly of others.

I feel like a part of my heart is gone. I will always cherish our visits, whether in person or on the phone. I miss your sweet smile and laughter. I will miss hearing my phone ring every evening followed by the sound of your sweet voice. I still listen for that call to come.

I love you and miss you Mom.

Regina Caple

May 2, 2020

I remember visiting Rowena's and Bart's home and Rowena's parents (Poteet family) with my father who was their mail carrier. Rowena's family is warm, happy, and caring. We are connected by marriage. My aunt, Mary Sue Caple Balkey, was Rowena's sister-in-law.

Carleen Feurer

May 1, 2020

I never saw Rowena without a smile on her sweet face. She was quick to share a warm embracing hug or two. She was loving and supportive, gentle yet strong. I feel blessed to have known her most of my life and will miss her laughter and her endless energy and genuine goodness. Rowena truly an angel on earth.

Karen Stockbridge

April 30, 2020

Rowena was one of the sweetest ladies that I have ever met. Her love of family was beyond compare. My most noticeable memory will always be Rowen’s joy of posting notes of love, encouragement, and sympathy on Facebook...all in capital letters, no less. She will be sorely missed by her family and friends.

Rebecca Bartels

April 30, 2020

My dear beautiful mom - I don't know what I'm going to do without you. Just the sound of your voice would always ease any worry I had and make everything better. You are and have always been my rock, the place I'd seek wisdom, strength, encouragement, comfort and love. Such a beautiful, generous and loving spirit - that's you mom. Your family meant the world to you and you showed that in all you have done for us. The angels truly blessed me the day they gave me you to be my mom. I love you so much mom and I will miss you every day of my life.

Rachel Weimer

April 29, 2020

I am so blessed to have called this beautiful woman "Maw" for 33 years. She was the epitome of what it means to be a grandma. Family was everything to her. I am so grateful to have watched her care for and interact with my children; they have brought each other so much joy and light. She continues to play such a huge role in who I am and who i want to be in life. Forever deeply missed.

Sarah oneil

April 27, 2020

There were so many wonderful memories of my grandmother(maw). She had a real strong personality and spirit. She was always there for everyone and believed in her family. She was our rock. We will miss her greatly. I am so thankful God chose her to be in our lives.