Robert E. Bartkowiak, 86, of Fredonia, N.Y. went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday afternoon March 17, 2013. He died at home surrounded by the love and prayers of his children and their spouses and the complete devotion of Runa, his dearly beloved wife of nearly 62 years. He was born June 5, 1926 in Dunkirk NY, the son of the late John and Helen Bartkowiak. Mr Bartkowiak graduated from Dunkirk High School in 1944 and is also a Navy veteran. He served with a construction battalion in the Pacific theatre from 1944-1946 and upon his discharge joined the Service Hardware Staff founded in 1928. He went into partnership in 1956 with Nelson Rider and Andrew Swoyer. He became sole owner of Service Hardware, Lake Shore Drive East, Dunkirk, N.Y. in 1973 retiring in 1993.
He was a member of the American Legion, Dunkirk Chamber of Commerce, coached Little League and bowled with The Lakeside Club. He enjoyed family barbecues, yard work and especially spending time with his children and grandchildren. Surviving are his wife Runa (Kaus) Bartkowiak; two sons: Richard (Ann) Bartkowiak and Robert W (Nanette) Bartkowiak of Fredonia; three daughters: Robin (Dr Timothy) Ward of North East Pa., Rosemary (Mark) Cressy of Wexford , Pa. and Rita (Dr Mark) Kutner of Dunkirk; Grandchildren: Richard(Brittney) Bartkowiak, Daniel (Bethany) Bartkowiak, Kathryn Bartkowiak, Timothy (Jen) Ludemann, Kevin (Britney) Ludemann, Robert W (Jordyn) Bartkowiak Jr., Susanna (Nathan) Elliott and Jonathan (Rachel) Ward; and great grandchildren Shaelyn Elliott and William Bartkowiak. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother John Bartkowiak and sister Mary Ann (Bartkowiak) Somerfeldt. Per Robert's wish, his body was donated to the anatomical gift program at the School of Medical and Bio-medical Sciences at the University of Buffalo. A memorial service will be celebrated on Saturday, March 30 at First Baptist Church of Dunkirk at 10:30 a.m. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Chautauqua County.
Robert E. Bartkowiak