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Veronica J. Kavan Bartle
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Birth: Feb. 3, 1859, Germany
Death: Sep. 28, 1927
Saint Paul
Howard County
Nebraska, USA

Mrs. V. J. Bartle is Called to Reward -

Shortly after the midnight hour last Tuesday night, or rather early Wednesday morning September 28th, the angel of death entered the home of Mrs. Veronica J. Bartle and in a very short time relieved her of all earthly sufferings. A weakened heart is ascribed as being the cause of her death.

Mr. Bartle had an active life. For a great many years she has been identified with the business interests of St. Paul. She has always been a progressive business woman and anything and everything that was for the good of the community was sponsored by her. With her husband, the late Frank Bartle, she built up a good business and after his death, which occurred a trifle more than 25 years ago, she has been the strong factor in the mercantile business of this city, although for the past several years she has remained in the background and her son, Ed Bartle, has been in charge of the large mercantile business enjoyed by this store.

Mrs. Bartle has been in poor health for many months. During her life time she was strong and healthy, always able to be at her post of duty at the store and with her pleasant smile and cheerful greeting she made patrons of the store feel doubly welcome and at home. In January 1926 her first prolonged absence was noted from the store. She suffered a broken wrist when she slipped and fell on some ice and that enforced vacation bothered her a great deal. She believed she had to be at her post of duty. About six months later she began to fail in health and heart trouble developed and from that time until her death her condition was such as to cause her folks apprehension.

During her visits to the store during the past year this writer repeatedly advised her to cease troubling and worrying about the store, assuring her that she had served her time and earned a vacation. But she could not see it that way. She wanted to be in the store; wanted to meet her hundreds of friends; wanted to wait on them, if possible; and above all, wanted to see that they were all cared for and supplied with what they wanted.

She was one of the best known and most beloved characters in this section of the state. It is doubtful if another woman in Howard or adjoining counties was as well known. Her kindness, charity and generosity were her outstanding characteristics. Hundreds and hundreds of times unfortunate people who did not have money and who had but little or not credit, carried away from the Bartle store the necessities of life and no charge was ever made in such cases and only Mrs. Bartle and the recipient ever knew of the transaction. Truly a big hearted woman has been called to enjoy her well earned rest in heaven.

In addition to taking a great interest in the store, she was a lover of her home and spent every spare moment in beautifying the same. Not many people in this city had more flowers, plants and shrubs, or a greater variety of them, than Mrs. Bartle. She always had a beautiful home with nice flowers, plants and seeds from her during the years and her love for flowers was extended and scattered over a wide area.

Mrs. Veronica J. Kavan was born February 3, 1859 in Leipsig, Germany. When she was eight years of age she came to America with her family. There were 11 children in the Kavan family. But two of those children survive her. The Kavan family first made their home in Iowa City, Iowa, where they resided for a few months and they then came to Nebraska, settling in Omaha. Here she grew to young womanhood and it was in that city she was married to Frank Bartle, rising young business man of St. Paul. The wedding was celebrated on July 6, 1881 and immediately came to this city to make her future home.

At that time Mr. Bartle was manager of the branch store of S. N. Wolbach of Grand Island. He continued in that position until 1884 when he opened a general store for himself and his wife assisted him in its operation. They operated the store together until 1902, in October, when Mr. Bartle passed away, and after that, with the assistance of her son, Ed, who was about 16 years of age, she operated the store and she had the satisfaction of seeing it grow, expand and prosper.

Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Bartle, one of whom, Frank J., the eldest, having passed away on March 6, 1892. Surviving are one son, Edward T. and two daughters, Mrs. Louis Moravec and Mrs. Ralph Haggart, all of St. Paul. In addition, six grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, one brother, James Kavan, Van Nuys, Calif, and one sister, Mrs. J. B. Cichacek of Linwood, survive her.

For a number of years, or since her children have all been married and living for themselves, it was the custom for the children and their children to gather at the home of Mrs. Bartle each Sunday and have the family dinner and this custom has been the cause of much enjoyment for the good old soul who loved her children and grandchildren so much. Truly Mrs. Bartle will be greatly missed by her family. The community will miss her a great deal also and it is doubtful if another woman passed away in this city in the past who will be missed as much as she and it is likewise doubtful if any other woman who ever lived in this city performed as much good as she did for the entire community.

The esteem in which Mrs. Bartle was held in the community was attested in more ways than one Friday. In spite of the threatening weather, the largest crowd of people to ever attend a funeral at the Catholic church in this city, gathered to pay honor and homage to her memory. Another mark of honor and esteem in which she was held was evidenced by the multitude of flowers that were showered about her casket, in the home, filled the front part of the church during the funeral services. It certainly was a fine testimonial from so many friends to the memory of one who had endeared herself to so many of our people. (Funeral details followed) ...the remains were conveyed to the Warsaw Catholic Cemetery where they were laid to rest along side the remains of the husband and son who preceded her to the better world.

The Phonograph, October 5, 1927, page 1, transcribed by Linda Berney 
 
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 Parents:
  Václav Kavan (1825 - 1897)
  Veronika Sedláčková Kavan (1825 - 1911)
 
 Spouse:
  Frank Bartle (1856 - 1902)*
 
 Children:
  Jan Frank Bartle (1882 - 1893)*
  Emma Bartle Moravec (1884 - 1949)*
  Edward T Bartle (1886 - 1964)*
  Clara V Bartle Haggart (1892 - 1941)*
 
 Siblings:
  Anna Kavan Racek (1848 - 1915)*
  John Kavan (1849 - 1926)*
  James Kavan (1853 - 1930)*
  Barbora Kavanová Havlík (1855 - 1925)*
  Veronica J. Kavan Bartle (1859 - 1927)
  Frank Kavan (1865 - 1904)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Wenceslaus Cemetery
Howard County
Nebraska, USA
 
Created by: pacifica
Record added: Sep 30, 2004
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Veronica J. <i>Kavan</i> Bartle
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Veronica J. <i>Kavan</i> Bartle
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