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Maryann Bartkoski

November 29, 1938 — May 11, 2017

MaryAnn (Yurkovich) Bartkoski, 78, passed away Thursday, May 11 at KU Medical Center. Visitation will be 8:30 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 708 N. 4th St., Kansas City, KS. The visitation will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., Entombment to follow at Mt. Calvary, Kansas City, KS. Contributions can be made in her name to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church or St. Johns Club.
MaryAnn was born November 29, 1938 in Kansas City, KS to Michael and Kata (Kaifes) Yurkovich. After graduating from Bishop Ward high school, she went to work for the gas company where she met her husband Joseph Bartkoski, Sr. "Mema" and "Papa Joe", (as they were fondly called by their six grandchildren), were married for 48 years before Joe passed away. Not a day went by when MaryAnn did not talk about her love for Joe and the amazing memories they made with their family.
Together they raised four children. As a mother, MaryAnn was very involved in her childrens lives. She attended every sporting event, enrolled her daughters in 4-H and Camp Fire Girls and drove her sons to all of their Boy Scouts meetings. The family belonged to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. MaryAnn was a devoted volunteer at the parish and school as part of the PTO, a Circle, the Altar Society and later the Senior Citizens group.
For many years, MaryAnn and Joe could be found on Saturdays working behind the bar at the parish club or grilling hot dogs for annual events like the ice cream social. As her children got older, MaryAnn went to work at the St. Johns Rectory, working with Monsignor Horvat as part of the parish staff for many years. She enjoyed her work with Monsignor Horvat, working on the parish bulletin each week.
If you knew MaryAnn well, here are the things you would know about her:
First and foremost, MaryAnn had deep faith, which she instilled in her four children. Weekly rosaries and daily prayer were the family routine. As MaryAnn grew older, she would watch the Mass on television and pray the rosary each day. She supported her faith community and diligently called the prayer line so that she could pray individually for each intention. One of the last things MaryAnn heard from her children before she passed was that the family had prayed the rosary around her hospital bed that made her smile.
The second thing that anyone would know about MaryAnn was that she had a great sense of humor. She loved to laugh, even if it was at herself. She had an ability to laugh even in the hardest times of her life.
Those close to her knew that MaryAnn was a great artist. She took up painting later in life and continue to paint until her arthritis made it too painful to hold a brush. Painting brought her great joy, which can be seen in her work. Some of her paintings have been given to charity auctions, raising in one case $2,500 to support the causes that MaryAnn believe in, as well as to support the faith community.
Obvious to those who met her was the fact that MaryAnn was a loyal friend to all. Her kids loved hearing stories about MaryAnn and her friends from high school, who remained some of her closest friends even to her passing. She had strong friendships within the St. Johns community, which became her support system after her husband Joe passed away. She was so appreciative of all the rides that her friends gave her to the Circle and Senior Citizens group. Joe had been her constant companion before his passing, driving her wherever she needed to go; this support allowed her to remain part of the community, which was very important to her.
Last, those who knew MaryAnn knew that she was a servant to others. MaryAnn cared for her parents when they were critically ill, as well as one of her sisters-in-law her children often told her she would have been an amazing nurse. If you were ill or struggling, you would likely find a card in the mail from MaryAnn, sending her prayers and thoughts for you and your family. She believed in the strength that came through supporting one another and always tried to show her support to those around her.
Mema was a woman who left an impact on her community. She will be missed by so many and we were lucky to have her as our mother, grandmother and friend.
MaryAnn was preceded in death by her parents, husband and four brothers. Surviving are four children: Karen (Tom) Felich, K.C, MO; Frank (Joan) Bartkoski, O.P., KS; Janice (John) Storey, Lenexa, KS; and Joseph (Teresa) Bartkoski Jr., K.C., MO. Six grandchildren also survived her passing: Austin Felich, Abby (Felich) Myers, Vincent Bartkoski, Claire Storey, Zach Bartkoski and Ella Bartkoski. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.skradskifh-kc.com.
MaryAnn (Yurkovich) Bartkoski, 78, passed away Thursday, May 11 at KU Medical Center. Visitation will be 8:30 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 708 N. 4th St., Kansas City, KS. The visitation will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., Entombment to follow at Mt. Calvary, Kansas City, KS. Contributions can be made in her name to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church or St. Johns Club. MaryAnn was born November 29, 1938 in Kansas City, KS to Michael and Kata (Kaifes) Yurkovich. After graduating from Bishop Ward high school, she went to work for the gas company where she met her husband Joseph Bartkoski, Sr. "Mema" and "Papa Joe", (as they were fondly called by their six grandchildren), were married for 48 years before Joe passed away. Not a day went by when MaryAnn did not talk about her love for Joe and the amazing memories they made with their family. Together they raised four children. As a mother, MaryAnn was very involved in her childrens lives. She attended every sporting event, enrolled her daughters in 4-H and Camp Fire Girls and drove her sons to all of their Boy Scouts meetings. The family belonged to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. MaryAnn was a devoted volunteer at the parish and school as part of the PTO, a Circle, the Altar Society and later the Senior Citizens group. For many years, MaryAnn and Joe could be found on Saturdays working behind the bar at the parish club or grilling hot dogs for annual events like the ice cream social. As her children got older, MaryAnn went to work at the St. Johns Rectory, working with Monsignor Horvat as part of the parish staff for many years. She enjoyed her work with Monsignor Horvat, working on the parish bulletin each week. If you knew MaryAnn well, here are the things you would know about her: First and foremost, MaryAnn had deep faith, which she instilled in her four children. Weekly rosaries and daily prayer were the family routine. As MaryAnn grew older, she would watch the Mass on television and pray the rosary each day. She supported her faith community and diligently called the prayer line so that she could pray individually for each intention. One of the last things MaryAnn heard from her children before she passed was that the family had prayed the rosary around her hospital bed that made her smile. The second thing that anyone would know about MaryAnn was that she had a great sense of humor. She loved to laugh, even if it was at herself. She had an ability to laugh even in the hardest times of her life. Those close to her knew that MaryAnn was a great artist. She took up painting later in life and continue to paint until her arthritis made it too painful to hold a brush. Painting brought her great joy, which can be seen in her work. Some of her paintings have been given to charity auctions, raising in one case $2,500 to support the causes that MaryAnn believe in, as well as to support the faith community. Obvious to those who met her was the fact that MaryAnn was a loyal friend to all. Her kids loved hearing stories about MaryAnn and her friends from high school, who remained some of her closest friends even to her passing. She had strong friendships within the St. Johns community, which became her support system after her husband Joe passed away. She was so appreciative of all the rides that her friends gave her to the Circle and Senior Citizens group. Joe had been her constant companion before his passing, driving her wherever she needed to go; this support allowed her to remain part of the community, which was very important to her. Last, those who knew MaryAnn knew that she was a servant to others. MaryAnn cared for her parents when they were critically ill, as well as one of her sisters-in-law her children often told her she would have been an amazing nurse. If you were ill or struggling, you would likely find a card in the mail from MaryAnn, sending her prayers and thoughts for you and your family. She believed in the strength that came through supporting one another and always tried to show her support to those around her. Mema was a woman who left an impact on her community. She will be missed by so many and we were lucky to have her as our mother, grandmother and friend. MaryAnn was preceded in death by her parents, husband and four brothers. Surviving are four children: Karen (Tom) Felich, K.C, MO; Frank (Joan) Bartkoski, O.P., KS; Janice (John) Storey, Lenexa, KS; and Joseph (Teresa) Bartkoski Jr., K.C., MO. Six grandchildren also survived her passing: Austin Felich, Abby (Felich) Myers, Vincent Bartkoski, Claire Storey, Zach Bartkoski and Ella Bartkoski. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.skradskifh-kc.com.
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SERVICES Visitation
Saturday, May 20, 2017 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
St. John the Baptist 708 N. 4th Kansas City, Kansas 66101
Funeral Mass
Saturday, May 20, 2017 10:00 AM
St. John the Baptist 708 N. 4th Kansas City, Kansas 66101
Burial
Saturday, May 20, 2017 11:30 AM
Mt. Calvary Cemetery 38 & State Kansas City, Kansas 66102

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