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BARTLING, Mary Burdine (Brooks) 1922-2015


Posted By: K. L. Kittleson
Date: 9/4/2015 at 19:29:40


Mary Burdine Bartling, 93, of Waterloo, Iowa, died at Mayo Clinic, St. Mary's Campus in Rochester, Minnesota on Sunday, July 12, 2015.

She was born February 3, 1922, on a farm near Iowa Falls, Iowa, daughter of Mortimer and Floy Brightwell Brooks. The family moved to grandfather Brooks farm 6 ˝ miles south of Iowa Falls where she grew up.

She attended Ellis No. 2 Country School, graduated from high school in Iowa Falls, Iowa; graduated from Ellsworth Junior College and then received her teaching certificate from Iowa State Teachers College. She began her teaching career teaching departmental grades in Hansell, Iowa.

She married William H. Bartling on March 15, 1943, in Eldora, Iowa; he died November 30, 1991. She had to give up teaching after her marriage as married teachers were not hired. When Bill was called up to serve in the Army during World War II she was able to get a job as a fifth grade teacher in Hubbard while Bill was serving 2 ˝ years in Italy.

Soon after Bill’s return they moved to the Waterloo – Cedar Falls area where they lived from then on. Burdine was a member of Cedar Falls Woman’s Club, past president of Cedar Heights Flower and Garden Club, and attended Christ Lutheran Church. She authored several published magazine articles and poems.

Burdine was an excellent wife, mother and homemaker, cooking, baking, gardening, and canning. She always appreciated nature – rocks, trees, flowers, and wildlife. Every day was appreciated and she loved to make others happy. Being artistic was one of her gifts, in the form of painting, crafts, and a large Dresden quilt she made. She enjoyed cheering the Cubs and watching her favorite horse in the Kentucky Derby. She was an avid reader and particularly enjoyed Presidential history and biographies and reading aloud allowed her to share with others.

She is survived by her daughter Janine K. Altema of Richfield, Minnesota; daughter Janis M. Myers and her husband Mel of Spencer, Iowa; sister Shirley E. Jones of Waterloo; and sister‑in‑law Edna M. Sutton Hites of Gilbert, Arizona.

Mrs. Bartling was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and grandson Brian Keith Achenbach.

Burdine loved her daughters Janine and Janis dearly, and they in turn could not have been more proud of her or loved her more. Her cat Poof “was very important” to her. Mary Burdine touched the lives of many students, friends, relatives and caregivers.

10:30 a.m. Friday at Christ Lutheran Church, 234 South Hackett Road, Waterloo

Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Cedar Falls with a luncheon following at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 904 Bluff St. in Cedar Falls.

Source: Locke Funeral Home website


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