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MICHAEL EDWARD BARTMANOVICH

Born: Apr 18, 1942

Date of Passing: Jan 16, 2021

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MICHAEL EDWARD BARTMANOVICH
April 18, 1942 - January 16, 2021

Comforted by the presence of his children, Michael (78) passed away peacefully at the Saint-Boniface Hospital on Saturday, January 16, 2021, where his decades long battle with medical issues came to an end.
Raised in Glenlea, Michael attended the University of Manitoba and graduated with a degree in Agriculture. He married his first love Claire in 1969, and built a home on the farm where they raised their children. They were married for 32 years before Claire's passing in 2001. Michael was blessed to find love once again when he married his childhood sweetheart Anna Labelle in 2004 until her passing in 2017. Michael was the embodiment of resilience and unfaltering positivity despite facing so many health challenges and enduring the loss of his two loves. His gregarious personality, beaming dimpled smile, and warm hugs were never in short supply; as were his diplomacy and humility - crucial traits in a family business where the livelihood of all those you love are at stake. He valued integrity, hard work, and initiative and devoted his life to the continued growth of the Bartmanovich Farm, a pioneering Centennial farm now well into its fifth generation.
Michael gave back to his community in so many ways: as a proud member of the U of M Agriculture Alumni Association, contributing to their involvement in the education of young farmers; through the Knights of Columbus as an honorary lifetime member, and through his longtime parish family of Mary Mother of the Church.
Mike was foremost a first class farmer who dedicated his life to the family endeavour, and as a lifelong learner he relished new knowledge. He was a skilled mechanical diagnostician, able to distinguish the grind of a gear or the screech of a bearing over the deafening rumble of an engine. Being an avid outdoorsman, fishing and hunting were activities that brought him much joy. His trips with "the boys" were legendary events: fishing and hunting came second to teasing, joking, regaling, and enjoying each other's company. Trips to the cottage brought Michael's family and friends together, surrounded by the beauty of nature. Mike's garden boasted an abundance of vegetables, fruit, and flowers which he wholeheartedly shared with all those he could. In his retirement years, Michael discovered travel; visiting his family's ancestral homeland of Poland, the mountains of Switzerland, the piazzas of Rome, the arches of Paris, the beaches of The Bahamas, and the snow of Montreal. His experience aboard the Rocky Mountain Express with Anna was the trip of a lifetime for him.
He will be lovingly remembered by his children, Ryan (Mona) and Michelle (Rick); his siblings, Ron (Susan), Verna (Ken), and Joyce; brother-in-law and close friend Maurice (Diane); nephew Doug (Jane); nieces, Kristine (Rob) and Christina; grandnephews, Tyler, Thomas, Garrett, and Eric; grandchildren, Connor and Olivia; and numerous other family members and friends.
Michael is predeceased by his parents, Rose and Ludvic; his wife Anna Labelle; and his first wife, Claire, the mother of his children.
The family would like to thank the medical staff at every hospital in Winnipeg for the many years of care provided to Michael. Your devotion and kindness in his many moments of need will not be forgotten. A special thank you to Dr. James Brian Sharkey, Michael's physician and friend, who always took his phone calls, offering healing of the soul as well as the body.
Memorial donations may be made to the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation.
Due to current COVID restrictions, a celebration of Michael's life will be held at a later date.

LECLAIRE BROTHERS
475 Provencher Blvd.,
in care of arrangements,
204-775-2220

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 23, 2021

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • My sincere condolences go out to Ryan, Michelle and the entire Bartmanovitch family. Michael was a fine man with lots of love in his heart. He was married to my very good friend, Claire, who was his first wife. I lost touch after she passed away but never forgot him. RIP my friend. - Posted by: Jeannette Lord (Friend) on: Jan 25, 2021

  • Extending our deepest sympathy to the Bartmanovich family on the passing of your father Michael Bartmanovich. Thank you for sharing his legacy of dedication to his family, commitment to the community and impressive accomplishment of 5 generations of farming! Please know that our thought are with you at this sad & very difficult time. Lynda Ruban Staff & friends at the HSC Foundation - Posted by: Lynda Ruban (staff at Health Sciences Centre Foundation) on: Jan 25, 2021

  • I first met Mike in the early 1990's when I was working with his nephew Doug. I instantly discovered a true farmer with a wonderful friendly smile and a man who took an instant interest in who you were and what you were up to. As his obituary says, Mike was a master diagnostician when it came to figuring out where any trouble spot was on any machine. He was never happier than when he was operating the TR 95 at harvest. And most recently he was around in his "buggy" at harvest to oversee and make sure everything was running smoothly. Recently my wife Bev and I finished an apple pie from apples he generously gave us this past fall. Many accolades can be said about Mike but a true down-to-earth farmer, a gentleman and a very good friend to all, kind of sums it up for this gracious man. One of the good ones. Rest in peace Mike. Larry and Bev Gompf - Posted by: Larry Gompf (Friend) on: Jan 24, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to Ryan and Mona, Michelle and Rick, Ron and Susan and all the family. - Posted by: Helena Grandmont (Family friend) on: Jan 24, 2021

  • Doug & Jane, So sorry to read of your Uncle's passing. My heartfelt Sympathy to you and your family. - Posted by: Pauline (Kilpatrick) Kincade (Great Aunt (Jane) ) on: Jan 23, 2021

  • I knew Michael since he married his first wife Claire who was a very good friend of my sister Patricia Stoner (nee Durant), who has also passed. I also knew Anna from high school, and was so pleased when they married. Michael was always a friendly guy, just a good person in every way. My sincere condolences to his family, Ron and Susan, Verna and Joyce. - Posted by: Christine Niziol(need Durant) (Known to Bartmonovich family for many years) on: Jan 23, 2021

  • The name Bartmanovich got my attention. Sure enough, as I read I came to the name of his sister Joyce with whom I taught at Ste Anne Collegiate back in the 70s and also Anna Labelle, his second wife with whom I also taught. Condolences and my prayer go out to the family and in a special way to Joyce whom I haven't the pleasure of meeting since those glorious days in Ste. Anne. Camille Légaré - Posted by: Camille Légaré (acquaintances) on: Jan 23, 2021

  • Michael was a good friend and neighbour out at the lake. Always fun to kibitz with and a memorable man, a person worth knowing. - Posted by: Don and Wilma Sparkes (Friends) on: Jan 23, 2021

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