Don Bartek, 89, of Parker, Colorado, died on October 28, 2018. He was born in Omaha, NE on December 18, 1928 to parents Julius and Bernadette Bartek.
His is survived by his wife of 43 years, Elise Bartek; his daughters, Amy (Bartek) Creeden, and Jamie (Bartek) Jaques; sons in law, Sean Creeden, and Matt Jaques; three grandsons, Jackson, Colin, and Owen; and two granddaughters, Karly, and Grace. He is also survived by his two sisters, Sr. Barbara Bartek, and Kathyrn (Bartek) Wajdak; and a brother, Fr. William Bartek.
Don was a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Omaha, Nebraska for 20 years. After moving to Colorado in 1974, he married Elise, and was the Religious Education Director at Holy Apostles Catholic Church in Colorado Springs, CO. He finished his career as an insurance salesman for Surety Life. Don was a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church and served in the local chapter of Sertoma.
He loved his family dearly and was always the life of the party, his enthusiasm for life was contagious. Don (Papa) adored his 5 grandchildren and loved all the time he spent with them.
A Mass to celebrate Don’s life will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 2, 2018 at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, 6455 Brook Park Drive, Colorado Springs. A visitation at 9:00 a.m. and rosary at 10:00 a.m. will precede the Mass at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association.
This Obituary Has 12 Condolences
Tricia Bostwick30 Oct 2018
My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.
Jim Reynolds31 Oct 2018
Don was an outstanding husband, dad, granddad, priest, brother, son, uncle and friend. He was especially an outstanding man of God. His example to me will be forever remembered and if my efforts to imitate him only scratch the surface I will feel blessed. God rest the soul of a great man!
Wayne & Sharon Winkelman31 Oct 2018
May all your wonderful memories bring you peace & comfort!
Nancy Bramstedt31 Oct 2018
I worked with Don a long time ago, he was a great person and so caring. May he rest in peace. A prayer is being sent your way for the family.
VERN & DONNA MCDONNELL31 Oct 2018
WE HAVE MANY FOND MEMORIES OF BROTHER DON. HE HELPED ME TO COME INTO THE CHURCH IN 1976. WE SHARED IN CURSILLO AND THE KNIGHTS. WE WILL BE UNABLE TO ATTEND THE CELEBRATION OF HIS LIFE ON FRIDAY. MUCH LOVE TO ELISE AND FAMILY.
Jean Irons31 Oct 2018
Elise and family, so sorry to hear of Don’s passing!
Fred Collazo31 Oct 2018
Our sincerest and deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. Fred, Bonnie Collazo
Alicia Greis31 Oct 2018
So very sorry that you have lost Don – for now. He was one of the very best and will be surely waiting with open arms for all of you. As a poem that comforts me when I think of my Rudy : “He Is Just Away”. My love to all of you
Jerry Davenport1 Nov 2018
Woodmen Valley Sertoma Club
We will miss Don he was a Life Member.
Katy Adams2 Nov 2018
Elise and family you are a special, caring, enthusiastic, loving family. I know this is a large hole in your lives. Please know that I pray for gentle grieving.
Mike and Michele Smiley12 Nov 2018
Elise and Family,
We are sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Our prayers go out to Don and your family. May God give you the strength you need to heal. Our love to you and your family.
Tom Reynolds14 Nov 2018
Uncle Don was my Godfather and was always so sincerely interested in my life and family. Greatly loved by his family and friends. We will miss you Don until we see you again!