Vivian Thurlby Bartig

July 25, 1924October 29, 2018
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Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, Vivian Thurlby Bartig, 94 of Williamston, Michigan, passed away peacefully on October 29, 2018, with loved ones by her side. Born July 25, 1924, in Detroit, Michigan, Vivian was the daughter of Louis M. Thurlby and Pearl J. Maxwell. Vivian was a lifelong resident of the Williamston Community. Vivian graduated from Williamston Schools in 1943 and went on to work side by side with her father is his real estate business. Vivian and her husband, Harold R. Bartig, had one child together, Mark T. Bartig. Together the family, along with their pet dog (or two!) would take many road trips to California and Florida to visit friends and family. Her greatest joy was watching her grandchildren grow up and have children of their own. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of her world. Her tremendous legacy of strength, courage, and hope will live on in the lives of her family and all those who knew her. Vivian was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and half-sister (Irene Thurlby). She is survived by her extremely supportive and caring son, Mark (Pamela) Bartig; grandchildren, Steve (Robyn) Bartig and Sarah (Andrew) Belanger of Williamston; and six great-grandchildren, Noah, Parker and Kathryn Bartig and Carter, Dylan and Harper Belanger. Visitation will be held at the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 205 East Middle Street, Williamston, Michigan on Thursday, November 1, 2018, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. A graveside service will be held Friday, November 2, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Rowley Cemetery, 3805 Bell Oak Road, Williamston, Michigan. The family wishes to thank all of the friends who have supported them with their prayers, presence, care, kind words, and thoughts. The family would also like to thank those from Safe Haven Assisted Living and Great Lakes Caring Home Health and Hospice who took such good care of Vivian. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Capital Area Humane Society, 7095 W. Grand River Ave., Lansing, MI 48906. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Bartig family.


  • Louis and Pearl (Maxwell) Thurlby, Parents
  • Harold R. Bartig, Husband
  • Irene Thurlby, Half-sister
  • Mark (Pamela) Bartig, Son
  • Steve (Robyn) Bartig, Grandson
  • Sarah (Andrew) Belanger, Granddaughter
  • Noah Bartig, Great Grandchild
  • Parker Bartig, Great Grandchild
  • Kathryn Bartig, Great Grandchild
  • Carter Belanger, Great Grandchild
  • Dylan Belanger, Great Grandchild
  • Harper Belanger, Great Grandchild

  • Capital Area Humane Society


  • Visitation Thursday, November 1, 2018
  • Visitation Thursday, November 1, 2018
  • Graveside Service Friday, November 2, 2018

Vivian Thurlby Bartig

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