Martha ” Bobbie” Bartsch

January 9, 1939 - March 26, 2017
Martha ” Bobbie” Bartsch

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Our beautiful Irish lass, Martha “Bobbie” Ann Connor Bartsch was called home to be with her Father on March 26, 2017. Her devoted husband of 55 years, George, was by her side until her last breath.

Bobbie was born on January 9, 1939 in Grand Junction, CO. She grew up an Air Force brat and enjoyed living in many amazing places. She and George just recently returned to visit one of her homes Bobbie loved in Aldeburgh, UK. She attended grade school on the border of France and Switzerland while her dad was stationed in France. Then Bobbie returned to the U.S. where she attended high school in Geneva, NY followed by Regis College in Denver, CO.

In 1961, while her dad was stationed at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX, George saw Bobbie in the Officers’ Club and thought she was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. He rode his bike all around the base until he found her. Theirs was a once in a lifetime true love story. They courted for one month and were married on December 27, 1961. They were on their 56th year of marriage and were truly best friends.

Bobbie was a loving mother and grandmother. Her four boys and nine grandchildren brought so much joy to her and the love her children and grandchildren felt by her will last a lifetime. Always a lover of every animal, she usually had at least one pet and often would take in extra if it meant saving a stray. Her Catholic Faith was very important to her. She enjoyed praying the rosary and was always the first to offer up a prayer for anyone who needed one. Shamrocks were her favorite symbol, as she was proud of her Irish heritage. She was possibly the best thank you note writer to ever put pen to paper. No deed was too small in Bobbie’s eyes to send a beautifully hand written note to properly thank the doer of the good deed. She was humble, generous, loving, appreciative and always so thoughtful of others.

Bobbie is survived by her loving husband, George Frederich Bartsch of Wilmington, NC; her son Eric George Bartsch of Bothell, WA (grandsons Christopher, Brandon, Tristen); son Ryan Miles Bartsch & wife Marie of Wilmington, NC; son Lane Michael Bartsch & wife Katie of Charlotte, NC (grandchildren Makenna, Brynley & Brighton); son Kyle Matthew Bartsch & wife Stephanie of Raleigh, NC (grandchildren Connor, Cameron & Kylie); brother Michael Connor of Austin, TX; and sister Marilyn Connor McDougal of San Antonio, TX. She was preceded in death by her parents, Colonel Miles & June Connor and her brother, Miles A. Connor.

Please join the family to celebrate Bobbie’s life and resurrection at 11:00am at a Funeral Mass and reception on Friday, March 31, 2017 at St. Mark Catholic Church, 1011 Eastwood Rd., Wilmington, NC 28403. In addition, the family will receive visitors and say the rosary on Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 5-7 pm at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation at 1535 South 41st St., Wilmington, NC 28403. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial and Honor Gifts, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

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  • March 28, 2017
    Ed and Helen Hickey says:
    Bobbie, you will be truly missed by everyone that ever came in contact with you. The wonderful times we had with you and George in Canyon Creek for many years was rekindled these past two summers in Montana, we were so looking forward to your visit this coming summer. We know that when we join you next you will welcome us with that "wonderful" smile and a glass of the "Bubbley" that is so reflecting of your Personality. George, all our Love and Sympathy to your wonderful family. Eric, Layne, Kyle and Ryan and your loving families that were so special to your Mother, we know you will miss her But she will still watch over you from "Above"! Love you All! Helen and Ed

  • March 28, 2017
    Dan Byrnes says:
    Lane, condolences to you and your entire extended family. I went through this with my brother and it's a trying time. She will always be with you...

  • March 28, 2017
    Georgianne Howell says:
    Lane, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom sounds like a wonderful, happy and funny person. The kind we should all strive to be. You are in my prayers and we are all here for you if you need us. Georgianne

  • March 28, 2017
    Darlene Currier says:
    George, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • March 29, 2017
    Art Gennari says:
    Lane, Condolences to you and your entire family. We are truly sorry for your loss. The Gennari family