Bartos, Esther Viola (Alexander) (November 14, 1917 - November 19, 2002)

Esther Viola Bartos

Douglas Budget - November 27, 2002

Services for Esther Viola Bartos, 85, of Lusk were held Nov. 23 at the Ciemanec-Pier Funeral Home in Lusk with Pastor Tom Strock officiating. Interment followed at the Luk Cemetery.

Mrs. Bartos passed away Nov. 19 at Memorial Hospital of Converse County.

She was born Nov. 14, 1917, at Muskrat Canyon south of Manville. She was the youngest of five children born to George and Rena Alexander. She attended various rural schools and graduated from Manville High School in 1934.

On April 21, 1934, she married Floyd Bartos in Hot Springs, S.D. They raised three daughters and a son. They lived in Lost Springs for three years and then moved to Keeline in 1937. In 1940, they purchased the George Nelson place and lived there all of their married life. Mrs. Bartos moved to Lusk in 1988 following her husband's death.

She loved her life in the country and made a wonderful home for her family and all who visited. She was an excellent cook and was the cook at Keeline School from 1950 until the school closed. She was a great seamstress and made each of her children and grandchildren quilts. She enjoyed the outdoors and walked as much as she could all of her life.

Mrs. Bartos was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and a charter member of the 5280 Club and was recently honored as a 60-year member of that club. She was a faithful member of the Church of Christ and was involved in the Manville Alumni Association.

She is survived by daughters Gwen Longbone and husband Chief of Strasburg, Colo., Verla Etchemendy and husband Prosper of Lost Springs, and Sheryl Jugler and husband Gene of Rock Springs; grandchildren Tami Mikelson and Lester Longbone of Strasburg, Shanale Phipps of Modesto, Calif., Michelle Zimmerman of Harrison, Neb., Mike Ethemendy of Victor, Idaho, Gregg Jugler of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Lyn Jugler of Douglas and Lacee Wadsworth of Rock Springs; great-grandchildren Kyra, Brooke and Kelsey Proulx, Ryan and James Ahrenholtz, Rachel and Nicole Etchemendy, Mackenzie, Tristan, Kirsten, Collin and Andrew Jugler and Alexandra, Abigal and Fletcher Wadsworth; great-great-grandchildren Bryce and Rylee Matthews; brother Alvin Alexander of Torrington; and numerous nieces and nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd in 1988; son Gary in 1968; grandchild Jeffry Jugler; a great-grandson; her parents; and three brothers, Leo, Floyd and Oscar.

A memorial has been established in her name for the proposed Lusk hospital project.

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