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.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Michael; her step-daughter, Beverly Bartko Stern; her siblings, Neil Sullivan, Ellen Powell and Mary Veron Enfield; and her parents.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 13th, at Our Lady of Peace Parish, St. Joseph Worship Site, 3312 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, with the Rev.’s Raymond Thomas and Philip Miller concelebrating. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Ashtabula.
Calling Hours will be observed from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, July 12th, with the Rosary being said at 8:15 p.m., at ZABACK-WILLIAMS-DUCRO FUNERAL HOME, 500 W. Prospect Road, Ashtabula, OHIO 44004.
If desired, contributions in Una’s name may be made to The Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair, Cleveland, Ohio 44110, or St. Joseph Worship Site, Our Lady of Peace Parish, 3312 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, Ohio 44004-3277.
Obituary at www.ducro.com and starbeacon.com.