Wilbur H. "Bill" Bartholomew, 85, of Hayward was Promoted to Glory on Monday, May 14, 2012 surrounded by his family at Water's Edge Care Center in Hayward.
Bill was born on December 14, 1926 to Harvey and Eva (Wenner) Bartholomew in Catasauqua, PA. He graduated from Catasauqua High School in 1942, West Chester Teacher's College in 1946, and served in the Army from 1946-1950. Bill married Jane Fisher in 1948 and she passed away in 2004. He was a music teacher for approximately 10 years. Then he graduated with a Masters in Theology from Temple University, and a Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in Manhattan, NY. He was a minister in various parishes over the next twenty years. He then began the Jail Ministry in 1980 and served as a chaplain in Oak Park Heights, MN. He retired in 1991. Bill married Shirley Ewart in November 2005. He was very active in his community; serving as the chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, a member of Kiwanis, and even received the Key to the city of Rockford, IL just to name a few accomplishments. Bill enjoyed tennis, boating, traveling and was an avid sports enthusiast.
Bill is survived by; his wife, Shirley of Hayward, two daughters, Susan (Larry) Kelley of Rockford, IL, and Lynn (Pat) Tuhy of Oakdale, MN, one son, John (Barb) of Hayward, three grandchildren, Chantelle, Stacey, and Jeff and a great-granddaughter, Amelia. He was preceded by his parents, two brothers, Ralph and Bart, and one sister, Grace.