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Fr Roch M. Bartman
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Birth: Aug. 7, 1908
Passaic County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Sep. 13, 2004
San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo County
California, USA

On Monday evening, September 13, 2004, the Reverend Father Roch M. Bartman, OFM Conv. died at Cabrillo Care Center in San Luis Obispo, CA. Father Bartman had been in declining death since April of this year, having suffered a number of falls and, most recently, heart-related complications. Father Bartman recently celebrated his 96th birthday. On August 7, 1908 the polish immigrant couple, Frank and Hedwig Wos Bartman welcomed their newborn son, Marion, into their family in Passaic, New Jersey. At the young age of 17, Marion now friar Roch embarked upon his life's vocation journey by reception of the religious habit of the Conventual Franciscan Friars, Province of St. Anthony, entering the novitiate in Buffalo, New York. After profession of his solemn vows in the Order in 1929, friar Roch continued with studies, at St. Hyacinth Seminary in Granby, MA, in preparation for his priestly ordination. On All Saints Day November 1, 1931 Father Roch was ordained to the priesthood. (At the time of his death, Father Roch was nearing the completion of 73 years of priesthood, and had completed 78 years of Religious Profession; he was the third oldest member of his Order, worldwide.) Father Roch, over the course of a long life of service to his church and religious family, held various positions of responsibility. As a newly ordained priest, Fr. Roch served as associate novice director. From 1933-1943, Father Roch assisted at various parishes in Detroit, Milwaukee, Canada, and Illinois. With the establishment of the Province of St. Bonaventure, in 1939, Fr. Roch became a member of that "daughter" jurisdiction of St. Anthony Province. After serving as chaplain to the Felician Sisters in Chicago (1940-1943) Father Roch served the local church in san Bernardino, CA., also ministering to German POW's detained in the area. He returned to the Midwest in 1945, serving as Pastor in St. Joseph, MO. Before departing the Midwest for the last time, Father Roch would serve as chaplain and local superior at the "Marytown" friary in Kenosha, WI. After serving as a hospital chaplain in Texas (1964-1968), Father Roch was assigned to ministries in southern California. In the mid 1970's Father Roch completed his years of public ministry, serving as chaplain at Marian Residence in Santa Maria, CA. Father Roch became a member of the newly erected Province of St. Joseph of Cupertino in 1981, thus the third province to which he would belong in the course of his life. Father Roch had entered full retirement in 1995,residing at the friary in Arroyo Grande until failing health, this past Easter, necessitated his transfer to Cabrillo Care Center in San Luis Obispo. Father Roch was a man of many and varied interests. He was quite athletic and of a sturdy constitution. When not playing a round of golf, he was known, even in his advanced years, to enjoy a good swim. Possessed of an inquisitive nature, Father Roch never ceased learning something. An avid linguist, even in his last years he acquired the ability to read Braille. Father Roch was a man of compassion, always alert to the needs of the Missions, in particular. May his soul, and the soul of all the faithful departed, rest in peace.
Note: Conventual Franciscan priest
Saint Joseph of Cupertino Province Cemetery
Arroyo Grande
San Luis Obispo County
California, USA
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Record added: Sep 03, 2007
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Fr Roch M. Bartman
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Rest In Peace, Friar !
- Eman Bonnici
 Added: Nov. 16, 2008

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