Peter Joseph Bartuska (83) passed away peacefully on May 16th from complications incurred after a twenty year battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Born in Edwardsville, he was the son of the late Peter Sr. and Anna Tromovitch
Bartuska. He graduated in 1950 from Nanticoke High School. Peter attended Saint Bonaventure University and Penn State University, where he graduated in 1954 with a degree in Business. Peter was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean conflict and was proud to serve with the NATO Forces in Turkey.
After an honorable discharge from the Service, Peter returned to Nanticoke to join his parents in the family business. Peter ran the landmark Bartuska’s Furniture Store for many years, before passing down ownership to two of his sons and retiring in 1994. Because of Peter’s dedication to exceptional customer service, he made innumerable lifelong friends and acquaintances.
Peter was a member of the former St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Nanticoke and later became a parishioner of the newly formed, consolidated, Saint Faustina Kowalksa Parish.
Peter married Barbara Kramer at Saint Pius X Church, Broomall, on May 26, 1962. Peter died just ten days shy of celebrating his 54th Wedding Anniversary with his lifelong love. The couple developed a deeper appreciation for love and dedication to marriage, through a Worldwide Marriage Encounter retreat in 1975, which fostered many lasting friendships with other couples.
In 1973, Peter attended a ceremony for his exemplification into the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 350. Peter was a devoted family man and was dedicated to archiving every holiday, vacation, and family event through photography. He enjoyed spending his summers at Lake Silkworth with his family and friends. In his youth, Peter was active in the Lake Silkworth Protective Association and won many trophies for decorated, themed floats that were part of the Lake Silkworth Day boat parade. He was an avid golfer and member of the Berwick Country Club for many years. Despite his progressing disability, Peter maintained his zest for life which was filled with a love of music, classic movies, and Broadway musicals.
The family would like to thank the staff at Guardian Eldercare Center for their care and compassion shown to Peter over the last three and a half years.
Surviving are his wife: Barbara, Nanticoke; sister: Dolores Michener, Novato, CA; sons: Kenneth, Nanticoke; Denis and his wife, Rebecca (Sowa), grandchildren: Katherine, Elizabeth, and Abigail, Lake Silkworth; James and his wife, Rosemary (Sheperis), Nanticoke; Gary and his wife, Karrie (Kurta); grandchildren: Kevin, Samuel, and Rachel, North Huntingdon; daughters: Nancy and Ellen, both of Wilmington, DE.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 20 at 10:30 AM from Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 173 E. Green Street, Nanticoke, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM at Saint Faustina Church, Alternate Site, 1030 S. Hanover Street, Nanticoke. Interment will be in St. Francis Cemetery.
Friends may call, Thursday from 6-8 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Peter’s memory may be made to the following: Saint Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen, 39 E. Jackson Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701http://cssdioceseofscranton.org/content/contribute or the John Paul II Medical Research Institute, 540 E. Jefferson Street, Suite 202, Iowa City, IA 52245 www.jp2mri.org.