Vicki Lee Bartok
May 14, 1943 – September 2, 2020
Vicki Lee Bartok passed away unexpectedly on September 2, 2020, at the age of 77 surrounded by her family. She was born on May 14, 1943 in Indiana. She is survived by her husband, Dr. William Bartok; her sister Carol Soden; her children William and Kimberly, and her grandchildren Austin and River. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Rita Soden and her granddaughter, Avalon.
Marrying her husband of 59 years William in 1961 in Indiana, she gave birth to her first child William “Billy” later that year. Two years later her second child Kimberly would be born. Vicki, William and their children relocated to California a few years later while William attended medical school. They would eventually settle in Laguna Beach where Vicki would live for the rest of her life. She had a larger than life personality. In her 77 years of life she experienced the good and the ugly parts of life, her tremendous heart and determined spirit brought her through the ups and downs with class and style.
Among the many activities Vicki found herself immersed in, she loved cooking and always knew how a dish should be prepared. She loved to find new recipes and hosted decades worth of holidays and get togethers featuring her cooking for her friends and loved ones. If eating out, she was never afraid to let the chef know how a dish should really be prepared, citing knowledge acquired eating at some of the best restaurants around the country. Her upfront nature combined with a heart of gold made her one of the best people one could have on their side. Determined to stick up for you, but a real handful if she thought you were wrong.
A fan of the arts, Vicki spent a lifetime engaging in everything from pottery to quilting, to flower arranging and sewing.
She was actively involved in rubber stamping clubs where she would create beautiful greeting cards and other paper crafts which she would trade with the other club members. Acquiring a vast catalogue as well as making some of the most beautiful cards around.
Her natural creativity allowed her to easily engage in new artistic disciplines and create many beautiful works of art and craft, covering a variety of media types.
Vicki loved visiting museums of art, humanity, and nature. Interested in always expanding her knowledge of the world, science, and the human experience. She was always fascinated. She was an unapologetic person with everything she did and knew what she liked and what she did not. She loved hearing new music and on any given day you could find her listening from anything from traditional Celtic music, to American pop, to hardcore german rock. Truly someone with a little taste for everything.
She loved reading, puzzles, sudoku, handheld games, going to fine restaurants, going to the cinema, and just relaxing watching her favorite shows.
Everything from reality tv like “Survivor” and “Big Brother”, to British period pieces like “Poldark”, to late night mysteries like “Ghost Adventures”. Vicki had a little taste for everything.
Vicki loved her family tremendously. She spent much of her life caring for her family, time and time again putting their needs above her own. She was a true pillar for whom all of us often turned towards when in need of love, care, advice, and support only she could provide.
We will always be thankful beyond words for the joy and honor it has been having her in our lives. Although she has passed, her love, spirit and guidance will be felt in our hearts forever. A funeral service will be held on Monday, September 14th, at 10:00 A.M., at Fair Haven in Mission Viejo.
Monday, September 14, 2020
Burial at El Toro Cemetery
Monday, September 14, 2020