OLMITZ — Genevieve “Genny” Bartonek, 86, died July 9, 2016 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. Born April 5, 1930 at Great Bend, she was the daughter of Max C. and Mary (Stelder) Axman.
She married Lorain Bartonek June 2, 1954 at Olmitz. He died Feb. 20, 1993. She was a graduate of St. Ann High School, and attended Sacred Heart College in Wichita.
A lifetime resident of Olmitz, Genny had been a stocker and door greeter for Wal-Mart, Great Bend, from 1985-2004. In her earlier employment, along with being a committed farm wife, Genny was a teacher for a rural school district, encompassing five schools. She was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church, Olmitz, Daughters of Isabella, and the Altar Society. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, and above all, spending time with her grandchildren. She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and was known for her kindness, generosity, gentleness, and devotion to her Church and God.
Survivors include two sons: Frank Bartonek and wife Lynn of Conway Springs, and James Bartonek and wife Dee of Olmitz; two daughters: Mary Thompson and husband Mark of Topeka, and Norma Schneider and husband Dave of Great Bend; one brother: Tony Axman and wife Karen of Great Bend; two sisters: Mary Baker and husband Clint of Great Bend and Martina Axman of Olmitz; 12 grandchildren: Nancy Tyler, Katie Erker, Mark Bartonek, Shaun Bartonek, Brett Thompson, Amy Leiker, Emily Laskowski, Denise Zink, Beth Schneider, Justus Bartonek, Demi Bartonek, and Danica Bartonek; and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers: Sylvester Axman, Leonard Axman, and Max W. Axman; and by one sister, Maggie Wirtz.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 am, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, St. Ann Catholic Church in Olmitz. Vigil with Daughers of Isabella Rosary will be at 7 pm, Monday, July 11, at St. Ann Catholic Church. Interment will be at St. Ann Cemetery, Olmitz. Visitation will be from 11 to 5 p.m., Monday, July 11, 2016 at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, 415 N. Main, Hoisington. Memorials are suggested to St. Ann Catholic Church to benefit window restoration or Kans for Kids, in care of Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.nicholsonrickefh.net
Funeral arrangements provided by
Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home
415 N. Main
Hoisington, KS 67544
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, July 10, 2016