Charlene J. Bartha

December 29, 1941 ~ February 28, 2019 (age 77)


Charlene J. Bartha, 77, of Bellevue, MI passed peacefully on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo.

Charlene was born on December 29, 1941 in Marshall, MI. She was the daughter to Charles W. and Dorothy A. (Jeffery) Quick. She graduated from Marshall High School and from Kellogg Community College with a degree in accounting. She married her sweetheart, Edward J. Bartha on June 15, 1963. He preceded her in death in January 2004.

Charlene worked many years in the banking world and finally retired from Keiper-Recaro (Atwood/Excel) as an accountant. She needed a hobby to keep busy so she came out of retirement and went to work for Franklin Iron and Metal as a bookkeeper. Charlene grew up on a farm loving the outdoors and helping her dad but her excitement always drifted toward rides on his old John Deere tractors. She was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening, knitting, crocheting, but spending time with family and friends was her passion. Charlene also enjoyed receiving phone calls and visits from her grandchildren along with holding a special bond with Holly her rescue toy poodle. She spent many memorable years with her family camping at Sandy Pines, sharing meals with friends at the Riverside Café in Bellevue and watching her grandchildren over the years participate in sporting events.

She is survived by her children, Lynda (Ron) Colvin of Kalamazoo, Edward (Heidi) Bartha of Bellevue, and Charlie (Cindy) Bartha of Kansas City, Missouri; grandchildren, Ryon, Allison, Elizabeth, Chelsea, Kenneth, Jared, and Bryce; and one great-grandson Bowen. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and a sister Eleanor Petersen.

Family will greet friends from 3-6pm on Monday March 4, 2019 at the Bellevue Chapel of the Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services, 205 North Elizabeth Street, Bellevue, MI. A funeral service follows at 6pm with Rev. Paul Temple officiating. A private interment will take place Fort Custer National Cemetery on Tuesday March 5, 2019. Memorial contributions are requested to the Bellevue Fire Department. Assistance with memorials is available at the Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services.


MAR 4. 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EST)

Bellevue Chapel of Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services
205 North Elizabeth Street
Bellevue, MI, 49021


MAR 4. 6:00 PM (EST)

Bellevue Chapel of Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services
205 North Elizabeth Street
Bellevue, MI, 49021

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