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CICELYN ELVINA BARTOLO (nee JAMES) Cicelyn Elvina Bartolo (nee James), a long-time resident of Kenora, died of complications of a stroke on Sunday, June 10 at Lake of The Woods District Hospital. Born September 1934 in Tobago, W.I., Cicelyn received her Bachelor of Arts (1960) and Bachelor of Education (1963) from the University of Manitoba. Cicelyn taught at Windsor Park Collegiate in Winnipeg in the 1960s where she served as head of the English department and as a drama coach. After a lengthy absence to raise her children, she returned to the profession with positions at Beaver Brae Secondary School, Confederation College and various other schools in Kenora. She was especially motivated to help First Nations students achieve their full potential. In addition to being a devoted wife and loving mother, Cicelyn was a longtime volunteer and leader in several organizations including Calvary Church, the Christian Women's Club, the Gideons, Kenora Festival of the Arts, and Lake of the Woods Hospital Auxiliary. She was known as an accomplished public speaker and a Christian with a genuine passion to express Jesus' love for others in practical ways. Throughout her life, she was a passionate supporter of the performing arts and an avid sports fan. She is preceded in death by siblings: Vicky, Wilma, Horace, Shirley Ann, and Victor. She is survived by her loving husband, Robert Bartolo, children Richard (Karlene), Ronald (Anna-Maria), and Roberta, siblings Melita, Loretta, Shirvey, Philbert, Laura, Pearl, and Curtis, and six grandchildren. A memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Church, Kenora. Memorial gifts may be made to the Gideons International or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Alcock Funeral Home Cremation Services (Highway 17 West, Kenora Ontario) in care of arrangements, 547-6000
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on June 14, 2012
Guest Book(8 entries)
- Cicelyn touched so many people's lives and I know we have all been enriched by her grace. She was an example for all of us to follow the way she embraced life. At this time of sorrow may these truths sustain you. Cicelyn will always be as close as a memory and the God of comfort will always be as close as a prayer. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Bob and your family at this time.
- Posted by: Marietta and Lorne Seargeant (friends) on: Jun 16, 2012
- Our heartfelt condolences to you, Bob, and to your family. We have fond memories of Winnipeg days and of our visit several years ago to you in Kenora. Good health to you--
- Posted by: Larry and Jennifer Husbands (Former roommate and wife from university days in Winnipeg) on: Jun 16, 2012
- Am sad to hear of the passing of Mrs. B, the world has become less gracious because of your departure to your true home in heaven! I remember fondly the times spent with your kids and the youth group from the church at your house...many times, much later than we should have in retrospect. You were the ultimate example of grace and peace to me, and that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. My prayers are with the family left to mourn the loss of a great wife and mother...Mr. B, Ron, Richard, and Roberta - I wish circumstance would allow me to be there on Saturday. Love you all....Kevin
- Posted by: Kevin Anderson (Friend) on: Jun 15, 2012
- Our sympathy to Bob and family--We sorrow not as tho we have no hope-we will meet again. Ernie and Mary Leschied
- Posted by: Ernest &Mary Leschied (Friends) on: Jun 15, 2012
- Our love and sympathy to Bob and family. Cicelyn's life began in Glory on June 10/2012
Be comforted! Never forgotten.
Posted by: Claudia (Joyce) Peters
- Posted by: Claudia (Joyce) & Earle(hospitalized) Peters (Friends for many years) on: Jun 14, 2012
- You will be missed by us here at home and we can only pray that the New James Family Matriarch will impart the wisdom and guidance for which you were known. To Uncle Bob and all my cousins have faith Aunty is in God's hand.
- Posted by: Desiree Fraser and Rome' Haywood (Niece and Great Niece) on: Jun 14, 2012
- We express our love and sympathy to Bob and your family at this time of sorrow.
The joy of the Lord is your strength.
- Posted by: Martha and Bruce Brand (friends) on: Jun 14, 2012
- My Auntie Cicelyn shall be remembered with warmth for her quiet strength and her encouraging and impacting words. Although the times I was able to spend with my aunt were distanced, upon our parting, I always left with an intangible gift: the knowledge that I was loved, a confirmation that I was doing well raising my young children, and other affirmations that tend to be unspoken when one's own parents have passed away. As generous as Auntie Cicelyn was with her words, she was also with her resources. After my mother, her sister Wilma, had gone to Heaven, Auntie Cicelyn started a birthday tradition: she would honor each of her great-niece and great-nephews' birthdays with a card, which was always on time, and would enclose a birthday cheque for the child, which corresponded with his or her age. This guesture of love and remembrance was extremely significant, especially to my young boys who had loved their own grandmother, and to whom at six years old, six dollars was a very large sum of money!
I felt very proud to have read, in Auntie's obituary, of her extensive involvement in her community and of her passionate work with children. She was a woman whose actions were consistent with what she believed to be true and right, and our lives are enriched by having been touched by her precious life. I love you, Uncle Bob, and I pray that God's grace and the love of His people, will keep you at this time. My love also to cousins - Richard (and Karleen), Ronald (and Anna Marie) and Roberta, and also to your children, who will acutely feel this loss. God bless you all. Love, Leslie
- Posted by: Leslie Whervin (Niece) on: Jun 14, 2012
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