Michael Bartolf, Jr.

September 30, 1926 ‒ March 20, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

UPDATE: Feel free to contact the family directly for an address to send flowers or gifts. Service will be rescheduled possibly for July; refer back to this page for future updates.

Michael Bartolf, Jr. peacefully passed away Friday, Mar 20, 2020, in OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital under hospice care at the age of 93. He was born Sept 30, 1926, in Detriot, MI to Michael Sr. and Katherine (Nicola) Bartolf.

Mike graduated from John J. Pershing High School in Detroit with the class of 1944, where his senior class project was for each student to sign a fighter plane destined for service in the European theatre. After working at Dodge and various other jobs, Mike was asked by Uncle Sam to proudly join the US Army in 1951. He completed his service in 1953 in non-combat operations; having spent time in France. God caused him to meet a lovely young lady, Viola Betz, in the spring of 1957 and the pair married Oct 27, 1957. Mike worked as a salesman to heavy industry for many years until finally retiring at the age of 77. He was an active member of Ontario Christian Fellowship in Mansfield. He loved Jesus, his family, his vast number of friends, and his country.

Mike’s favorite place on earth was Torch Lake, in northwest Michigan. He spent many summers there as a young man during WWII and into the 1950s, then with his wife and children, and later in life introducing his grandchildren to the lake. He was an avid golfer and played well into his mid-80’s. He enjoyed all sports and supported his beloved Tigers, Red Wings, and Lions. He had a wonderful singing voice and sang 1st tenor in The Christian Choristers, a touring men’s choir, for nearly 40 years, bringing glory to God.

He is survived by his wife Viola Bartolf of Mansfield; children Michael Scott “Mick” Bartolf of TX, Leslie Bartolf Glass of CA, and Kent (Michele) Bartolf of AZ; grandchildren Brittany Bartolf, Jessica Bartolf, Katlyn Bartolf, Natalie Bartolf, Lauren Glass, Noah Glass, Michaela Glass, Courtney Bartolf, Kelsey (Nick) Hancock, and Jalen (Megan) Bartolf; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Mike was predeceased by son-in-law Robert Glass and sisters Lena, Katherine “Barty,” and Ida.

Private funeral services will be held for his family officiated by Pastors Jim Garrett and Ed Staich. The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is handling funeral plans and will live stream the service on Facebook at 3 pm Monday, March 23, 2020. https://www.facebook.com/LexAveSFH/ To follow current government recommendations, please only attend in-person if you have received an invitation.

UPDATE: AT THE REQUEST OF MR. BARTOLF’S FAMILY HIS MEMORIAL SERVICE HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE (AS OF 4:38 PM SUNDAY). Service will be rescheduled possibly for July; refer back to this page for future updates.

Memorial contributions to Voice of the Martyrs may be sent in care of the funeral home: PO Box 3085, Mansfield OH 44904.

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  • To aunt Vi my heart hurts for your loss, know that you are loved and prayed for and that goes for your whole family. Uncle Mike was such an upbeat and bright presence when he came around, he will leave a great hole in our family. Mick, Leslie, and Kent and your families, I wish I was with you at this time, I’m so sorry for your loss.

    • Thank you for your words of empathy and comfort Art. We wish you could have been with us too!
      My mom appreciates you writing and being with us in spirit.
      God Bless you,

  • VI:

    I will always cherish my memories of traveling with you, Mike and Leslie to Mendocino and of course Torch Lake. You and Mike were such a beautiful example of what a strong, faithful marriage and loving, fun family should be like.
    I hope your memories of Mike and what a special man he was will provide you solace during the days ahead.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers!

    Gail and John

    • That is so nice, Gail, my mom appreciates your note so much. I am so very glad that you got to know my dad so well over the years, you had a great connection together!
      you are my sister,
      Love you,

  • I will miss uncle Mike tremendously. When my mom was struggling to pay her bills he very consistently sent her money to help. He called almost every day just to say hello. They shared so many happy memories and encouraged each other through the hard times.
    He loved his family and talked about them very often. He loved it when his grandkids would come and hang out with them.

    • Thank you for sharing that wonderful story of my dad. I did not know that he did that for your mom. I still learn how to live well from him.
      We appreciate you writing here in this way, Patti.
      Love you,

  • Papaw Mike, you are so held and so felt. We bless you and love you on your way, and cherish our experiences in this form of life. Family, you are equally loved, seen, and heard. I hold you so closely.

    With love and wonder

    • We so appreciate you writing these heart felt words Lauren. I am so glad you got to speak to him shortly before he left this world for the next. We share in the hope of seeing our loved ones again!
      Much love,

  • To Vi and family,
    We uphold you in prayer through this time of grief. So many memories of Bro. Mike. He was my Sunday School teacher growing up in Michigan. As years passed he would come to Arizona during the winter and I cherished every time we could meet for lunch or just share how good the grace of God and His faithfulness over the decades.

    His demeanor always exuded a Christ centered life and the sharing of the Gospel. His beautiful tenor voice singing hymns in quartets, men’s groups and congregational praise to God was a joy to hear. (He is really singing now)

    To everything there is a season, a time to every purpose, under heaven. Ecc.3:1

    May the peace of God flood the family’s heart in this time of sorrow.

    • Thank you Gary, your words mean so much to ,y mom. Thank you for reminding her of these moments, and especially of the vision of my dad singing in his strong voice again.
      Until we get to sing with him, thank you for taking the time to write to us. We are definitely filled with peace.

  • We pray for you Vi and the family as you grieve the loss of Mike and also celebrate his promotion to heaven. May God comfort you as you feel the void. What wonderful memories we have of him from many chorister programs and the Western trip in 1987!

    Blessings and prayers,
    Gary and Brenda Tiffan

    • Thank you for reminding my mom of that trip out West and the fun you all had. That group was so very special over the years! We are comforted by knowing my dad is enjoying singing again in the beautiful voice we grew up hearing.
      may God bless you both,
      Leslie, and Vi.

  • Dear Vi and Family,
    We have enjoyed our warm and pleasant visits with Mike and you through the years.

    Now, May our gracious Lord in Heaven bring you comfort and peace knowing Bro. Mike is sing songs of Joy in Heaven’s glory.

    We love you and your Dear family with support during this future days, ahead.

    Peace and Blessings !

    Elaine and Dave

  • Dear Vi, Leslie, Mick, Kent and the rest of your dear families. I would like to extend my sincere sympathy for the loss of your dear dad. I can only speak as a neighbor and your Uncle Pete’s sister that I only knew your dad very shortly. For the time I knew him he was a joy to know and to talk to. We had one thing we both liked very much watching the Oklahoma rancher Les Feldick on tv every morning when possible and when I went over to visit we would talk about his preaching and the simple gospel message he preached, how much we both enjoyed.
    May our gracious God comfort and give you peace as you go through the grieving.
    Give your mom a big hug.
    With love,

    • Thank you for your kind words, Frieda. I know my parents appreciated you as their neighbor, and if you liked Les Feldick, I’m sure you were in the inner circle! Thank you for your love to my family.
      God Bless you,

  • Dear Vi and family,
    We were so sad to hear of Mike’s passing, but we gain comfort in knowing that he’s with the Lord. We so enjoyed the times we were able to share meals together. It’s truly been an honor to know you all over the past 30 years – blessings and peace as you go through these next days.

    Blessings to you always,

    Bob and Beth Jenks