Obit: Bartell, Nina (1873 - 1921)

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----Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Wis.) 04/15/1921

Bartell, Nina (9 APR 1873 - 6 APR 1921)

Nina Hutchinson Bartell was born April 9, 1873, at Dancy, Wis., in which locality her family figured prominently in the lumber business of the pioneer days. Later the family moved to the city of Merrill, but in those days was called Jenny, where she was eight years old when her mother died. The remains were brought here for burial and the family then made the village of Colby, Wis. their home.

She attended the schools here and was a member of the first class to graduate from our high school in 1888, and is the first member of that class to pass into the Great Beyond. She attended the Oshkosh Normal a short time and taught school here, both in the country and village, where her sweet nature made her loved and honored by her pupils.

In June 1896 she was married to W. D. Bartell and continued to live here until the fall of 1910, when they sold their home and moved to Minneapolis. A little later they bought a home at Robinsdale, where she passed from this life on April 6, 1921.

In this day of selfishness and unrest, and with the un-Christian spirit which seems to prevail, it is sad to witness the passing of one whose whole life has been exemplar of unselfish devotion and service to her true friends and dutiful to the community. Wile residing here she was ever ready to lend a helping hand and voice to any undertaking for the community. In the church she was a tireless worker; for Sunday school, choir, Aid or wherever her services were needed. The sunny, cheerful disposition of her girlhood characterized her life and won for her the many, many friendships, which she treasured through the years as rare jewels are treasured by many. The awful suffering of her illness she bore with the same cheerfulness and patience which trials and sorrows that came to her during life’s journey. So much of this good woman must be left unsaid, but it is brilliantly clear that her life is truly of emulation. May her reward be great.

The remains were brought here Friday and the funeral held from the M. E. Church on Saturday, her birthday, the address being given by John F. Sims, president of the Stevens Point Normal, her old friend and teacher.

The body was laid to rest in the family lot with that of her mother, gone many years ago, and her father, who preceded her last January.

Besides her many friends, she leaves her husband and little son, and two sisters, Mrs. George N. Atwell of Lansing, Mich, and Mrs. L. J. Sizer of Wagoner, Okla., all of who were here for the last tribute to a dear one.



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