Saturday, December 19, 2009

Pina Bartos (December 13, 2009)

Pina Bartos, 62, of West Manchester, passed away on December 13, 2009 at Hospice of Dayton. Pina was born on October 31, 1947 in Dayton, Ohio, daughter of Emil and the late Etta (Fox) Bartos.

Pina graduated from Miami University in 1969 with her degree in Education. She taught for over 35 years at Fairborn and National Trail schools respectively where she retired in 2004. She then became a member of the Preble County Retired Teachers association. Pina taught both 4th and 6th grades and made a difference in the lives of hundreds of children including several generations of families.

Pina enjoyed traveling, including backpacking in Europe and driving across the United States. She loved cooking, making fleece blankets, and was an excellent artist and pianist. Pina also sang in the choir at Salem Church of God and participated in their singles group and Festival of Lights. She enjoyed going to Sun Watch Village and taking part in archeological digs. Pina loved to garden and created a butterfly garden with Ellen Hall at National Trail that she was very proud of. She loved serving people and spending time with her nieces and nephews. Her life was built around and blessed by many friendships.

Pina is survived by her father and step-mother, Emil and Ruby (Muth) Bartos; one brother, Rev. Emil Bartos, Jr.; two sisters, Rebecca (Bill) Hodgin and Martha (George) Skidmore; one step-brother, Andrew (Teresa) Muth; two step-sisters, Anna (David) Lewis and Heidi (Daniel) Linebaugh; nieces and nephews, Bradley (Heather) Skidmore, Matthew (Celeste) Skidmore, Emily (Russell) Cheesman, Mary Skidmore, Tia (Andrew) Williams, Mim Bartos; five great nieces and nephews; 7 step nieces and nephews; one great step-nephew and one great step-niece; several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

A funeral service will be held at Castine Church of the Brethren at 11:00 AM on Friday, December 18, 2009 with a graveside service following at the Greenmound Cemetery with the Rev. Sam Shilot being asked to officiate. The family request in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Dayton Hospice or the Pina Bartos Memorial Fund.

Online Condolences may be sent to the family at Services are entrusted to Storch Braund Funeral Home in New Madison.