ASHTABULA — Winifred “Una” Bartko, age 91, died Sunday, June 30, 2013, at her residence.
She was born Oct. 25, 1921, in Hubbard, Ohio, the daughter of James R. and Mary (DeVaney) Sullivan. Winifred was proud of her Irish heritage; so much so that she chose to be called by her Gaelic name, Una; which means “blessed peace”. This described her to perfection.
She worked as a telephone operator for American Airlines, in Washington D.C. before her marriage to Michael R. Bartko on Oct. 17, 1957, and moved to Ashtabula. She and Michael worked side-by-side for forty years in his Lake Shore News Agency which delivered out of town newspapers to much of Northeastern Ohio and parts of Pennsylvania.
Una was an active member of St. Joseph Church, and a devout Catholic. She also belonged to the Ashtabula Garden Club, the Dandelions (the spouses of the Lions Club members) and several bowling leagues. She was often asked to create arrangements for special occasions, and never said no. She and Michael loved to travel all over the world. Una had a natural talent for design and her home reflected her skills.
Una will be remembered for her caring ways, her grace and dignity, the deep love and affection she had for her family and friends, and her steadfast abiding faith.
She is survived by her step-daughter, Shirlee Bartko Koons and husband, Ronald, of Mission Viejo, Calif.: four grandsons (and their wives), Marcus (Summer Turner) Stern of Cambridge, Mass., David (Nancy Fox) Koons of West Covina, Calif., David (Kathleen DeVaney) Stern of Berkley, Calif. and Geoffrey (Jennifer) Bransford-Koons of San Marcos, Calif.; one great-grandchild, Liam Bransford-Koons; her sister, Patricia Hoad of Oceanside, Calif.; and many loving nieces and nephews. She also leaves her friend and caregiver, Joanna Phelps, whom she loved as a daughter, and the Gary Case family, trusted friends and neighbors for over forty years.