Helen M. Bartling

Dec 31, 2018
Bartling Helen


10:00 AM Saturday January 5th, 2019 at Hagerman Baptist Church in Waterloo


4-7 PM Friday January 4th, 2019 at Kearns Funeral Service as well as one hour prior to services at the church


Waterloo Cemetery


Helen Marie Bartling, age 92, of Waukon and formerly of West Des Moines and Waterloo, died Monday, December 31, 2018 at the Good Samaritan Society Nursing Home in Waukon.

She was born January 18, 1926 in Waterloo, the daughter of Clarence and Edith (Plautz) Warneka.  Helen graduated from Waterloo East High School with the Class of 1944 and attended Northwestern College in Minneapolis.  She was united in marriage with Burton Louis Bartling on April 23, 1948 in Waterloo.  He preceded her in death on November 6, 1971.

Helen was the bookkeeper at Associated Home Improvement for many years, owned and operated by their family until Burton’s death in 1971.  She also served as a hostess at Freeman’s Café for 10 years and taught piano lessons for over 30 years.  She was a former member of Hagerman Baptist Church in Waterloo.  Her whole life was dedicated to her Savior and her family.

Helen was saved as a youth at Walnut Street Baptist Church in Waterloo.  She began playing the piano at church and became an accomplished pianist.  She learned to enlarge hymns and wrote her own arrangements which she used in churches her entire life.  She taught piano to many students all the way to age 88.  Helen also enjoyed her time as a secretary at Walnut Street Baptist Church under the direction of Robert T. Ketchum.

Widowed at age 45, Helen was a wonderful example to her children of trust and faithfulness to her Savior.  She continued to trust him and serve him all of her days.

Survivors include 3 daughters, Wilma (Mike) Griffin of Ankeny, IA, Joan (Dave) Wasson of West Chicago, IL, and Peggy (Mel) Walker of Clarks Summit, PA; 3 sons, Alan Bartling of Sandpoint, ID, Tom (Julie) Bartling of Waterville, IA and Jeff (Doreen) Bartling of Sarasota, FL; 18 grandchildren, Tammy, Heidi, Renee, Keri, Ryan, Jon, Kristi, Todd, Travis, Eric, Jason, Katie, John, David, Jenny, Danielle, Nate and Mandi; 24 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother, Robert Warneka; 3 sisters, Dorothy Nielsen, Edith Whitmer and Sylvia Osgood and a sister-in-law, Irene Barron.

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  1. Jeri Prochaska Steffes | Jan 04, 2019
    I just heard from Jan Davis about the homegoing of your wonderful mother.  How I wish I could be in Waterloo to see you all as you gather to celebrate her amazing life.  I have such wonderful memories of the times the young people spent at your home so many years ago.  May God hold you all close to His heart and bring you comfort tomorrow and in the coming days.  Love to you all. 
  2. Deb Johnson | Jan 04, 2019

    My deepest sympathies on the loss of your mom. She was an amazing warrior for the Lord! May God bless you all and give you His peace during this difficult time. I loved your family, you were so much fun. 

    Deb (Corwin) Johnson

  3. Deb Johnson | Jan 04, 2019

    My deepest sympathies on the loss of your amazing mom. She was a faithful warrior for the Lord. May God bless all of you and give you His peace.


    Deb (Corwin) Johnson

  4. Connie Campbell Debner | Jan 04, 2019

    Our sympathies to each of you. The lessons learned from your mom over the years have proven helpful and useful to me throughout my life. 


  5. Chuck and Linda Pausley | Jan 03, 2019
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bartling family at this time.  Helen was a strong woman whose faith was unquestionable.  We didn’t realize how very young she was when widowed.     She certainly did trust her God and never wavered. Her legacy is her family who continues to be a testimonyof God’s love and faithfulness.  It has been a joy to know most of you!  God gave her a long life to serve Him, but our sympathy and love to each of you as it is never easy to say goodbye.  Praise God, some day we will be together again for eternity.  No more goodbyes!  
  6. Gary and Daneen Campbell | Jan 03, 2019

    My heart is hurting for all of you at this time. Helen was a good friend and a faithful servant of the Lord she loved. She was a patient and encouraging piano teacher to both our girls. She loved her family and lived her testimony. How wonderful Heaven will be when we all gather around the Throne and there will be no more goodbyes!

    Love all you kids!

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