Bartel, Elmer

Elmer Bartel

1934 - 2014

BartelElmersqElmer Bartel passed into the presence of the Lord on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at Meadowood Manor in Winnipeg, MB at the age of 79 years.

Elmer will be lovingly remembered by his children, Debra (John) Loewen of Morden, MB, Cheryl (Bob) Davies of Thompson, MB and Sheldon (Cheryl) Bartel of Winnipeg, MB, his grandchildren, Suzanne, Alyssa, Katherine and Morgan and brother, Jake Bartel of Steinbach, MB. Elmer was predeceased by his wife, Anne, four sisters and one brother.

Elmer was born in Kleefeld, Manitoba, attended school at Gruenfeld and graduated from Steinbach Christian High. His career was in education, from his first job in a one room school house to positions in Flin Flon and Neepawa, culminating in his role as Superintendent of Schools in Garden Valley School Division.

Dad was a man of faith; actively involved in church work.  He served on the local church board, was Moderator of Manitoba Baptist Churches and held a variety of positions within the church.  The work of the Gideons held a special place in his heart from being part of the first Gideon camp in Northern Manitoba to the years he served on both the national and international cabinets. After retirement, Dad continued to be meaningfully involved in service at the Black Forest Academy in Germany, Providence College in Otterburne and Whyte Ridge Baptist Church.

Family was a priority for dad and much time was spent together throwing the football around, working together in the garden which he loved, playing games, and travelling and camping. Even after the stroke which stole so much from him, he prayed regularly for family and friends. He faced what he knew to be his last days here, with courage and a sense of deep peace. 

Memorial service for Elmer Bartel will be held on Thursday, April 10th at 11:30 a.m. at Whyte Ridge Baptist Church 201 Scurfield Blvd. in Winnipeg with interment prior at Hillside Cemetery in Morden.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Meadowood Manor, as well as the people at Whyte Ridge Baptist Church for all of their kindness and consideration in these last few years. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Elmer’s memory to the Gideon Memorial Bible Plan, available at the church.

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden in care of arrangements.


#1 Walter & Marilyn Braun 2014-04-07 20:26
Our heartfelt condolences to you as a family on the passing of your Dad. He was a man of God and had a positive influence us & many others. We thank God for him. May your hearts be comforted. Our prayers are with you all.
#2 Dan and Irene Tapley 2014-04-08 09:01
Dear Cheryl, Bob and family:

Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. God bless.
#3 Ken Bergen 2014-04-08 09:36
Our thoughts and prayers and sympathies go out to the Bartel Family. Elmer was my boss, my mentor and my friend. I am proud to have been able to work with Elmer and for his influence in my life. God be with you. (Deb you are in my thoughts and prayers)
#4 Gary Gillmour 2014-04-08 14:41
My condolences to the family. I very much enjoyed working with Elmer when he was superintendant of the GVSD, and I served as their legal counsel. He always had a grasp of wwhere things were at, and, more importantly, where they should be going.
#5 moira porte 2014-04-09 18:57
Deb, I worked with Elmer for many years. He was a great boss and mentor. I have many fond memories. He is at peace now.
#6 Gord Arbuckle 2014-04-10 22:54
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your Dad.
#7 Rhonda Lyle 2014-05-09 16:10
Deb, Sheldon, Cheryl and families - Just recently heard of your Dad's passing. I'm grateful that he hired me for my first job as a new grad many years ago, and appreciated his skills as an educator and administrator. With deepest sympathy and prayers for you all.

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