It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing into the arms of the angels, of Frederick William (Willi) Bartell, beloved husband, father, grandpa, Opa and friend.
Willi fought his battles with fierce determination, courage and strength, overcoming many tragedies and challenges that life threw his way. His amazing stories of survival before, during and after World War II are legend; but his life was also blessed with immense joy, happiness and love that few have experienced. We now draw on that strength and courage, and with God's help, we will go on. Willi truly was our knight in shining armour.
He will be sadly missed forever by his loving wife and best friend, Christa, of 43 years
Daughter, Karen (Kerry) Rob and Sean,
Daughter Dianne (Guy) Kyle and Kayley
Daughter Sandra (Sam) Scott (Amiko) and Samantha
Son John (Shari) little Caitlyn and Addyson
Sisters: Elsie, Frieda, Erika, and their families; mother-in-law, Olga; special friends, Don & Bev and John & Elaine, who shared so much of our lives; a very large extended family that Willi loved so much, and many friends.
Sadly predeceased by:
Our little boy, Tommy, who died of cancer at the age of 4 in 1971
Wife Erna, mother of Karen, Dianne and Sandra, who died of cancer at the age of 32 in 1966
Parents, Albert and Olga, baby brother, Edward, and sister, Emma.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Pleasant Valley Funeral Home, 4303 Pleasant Valley Road, Vernon, BC on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 2:00 PM with Mr. Brian Jackson officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Everyone is welcome to stay for refreshments in the Pleasant Valley Tea Room to share stories. In lieu of flowers, donations to Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation or charity of your choice will be appreciated.