Retha Bartgis

Retha Bartgis

Sunday, December 22nd, 1929 Saturday, September 26th, 2020

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Obituary for Retha Mildred Bartgis (Myers)

Retha M. Bartgis, 90, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away peacefully September 26, 2020 at the Hospice of the Panhandle.

She was born December 22, 1929 in Berkeley County, the daughter of the late Alonza and Ida C. Franklin Myers. She married her cherished husband of 67 years, the late Robert B. Bartgis, on July 31, 1950.

She is survived by her sons Robert Michael Bartgis and wife Denise, and Rodney L. Bartgis and wife Debra, grandchildren Rachel Bartgis and husband Will, and Robert Stefan Bartgis, sister Charlotte Wood, brother Byron Myers and wife Mary, in-laws Carol, Saralie, and Sherry Bartgis, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by sisters Anna Ruth Myers, Hilda Love Myers, Pauline McDaniel, and brother Paul Myers.

She was a graduate of Hedgesville High School (1947) and studied elementary education at Shepherd College for three years. A strong proponent of the importance of learning, she retired from the Berkeley County Board of Education after 23 years as a tutorial instructor at Hedgesville Elementary.

She was a life-long member of the Tomahawk Presbyterian Church, where she was a member of the church choir and taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She was a member of the Berkeley County Association of Retired School Employees, Berkeley County Historical Society, and The Nature Conservancy of West Virginia.

The family would like to thank the staff of Berkeley Senior Services, Hospice of the Panhandle, War Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Center, plus Fay Bell, Kenny and Dorothy Corbin, Terry and Shirley McDaniel, and Frank and Irene Stillwell, members of the Tomahawk Presbyterian Church, family members, and many other friends, for their help, love, and care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cemetery Fund of the Tomahawk Presbyterian Church, PO Box 2204, Hedgesville, WV 25427 and the Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV 25430.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, October 2nd, at 3 p.m. at the Tomahawk Cemetery, Hedgesville, with the Rev. John Cushwa and Rev. Bill Barnett officiating. Visitors are asked to wear masks, practice social distancing, and follow recommended guidelines.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Tomahawk Presbyterian Church at a later date.

Arrangements made by Brown Funeral Home.

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  • Service

    Friday, October 2nd, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Tomahawk Cemetery
    Friday, October 2nd, 2020
    A graveside service will be held.
    Rev. John Cushwa
    Reverend Bob Miller
  • Interment

    Tomahawk Cemetery

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Rest in Peace, Retha. I worked with Retha at Hedgesville Elementary School from 1969 to the year that she retired. Retha was a lovely lady and conscientious worked with the students. Prayers and Blessings to her Family.

Comment | Posted at 08:56pm via Condolence

Effie Kallas

Our sympathy to Rodney and the entire Bartgis Family. So sorry for your loss.

Effie & David Hammer
Comment | Posted at 12:39pm via Condolence

William Moore

When I think of Retha or Bob Bartgis the picture in my mind always has them at the Tomahawk Presbyterian Church. I assume that is where I saw them the most but they were such an active, integral part of that church that their influences continue to this day.
Comment | Posted at 12:03pm via Condolence

Max Grove

My prayers & thoughts are with the family of Retha. I would like to relate a wonderful memory of Retha. My Aunt Virginia Grove Jones, late, of Shanghai & Martinsburg, WV, used to take me to school with her to Hedgesville HS in about 1945-46. I was 5 years old at that time. We road the school bus that came from Glengary, picked us up at Shanghai and after several other stops we came to Alonza Myers Lane, near Tom Snyder's home at Jones Spring. When I saw Retha, who was at that time a Junior in High School, I thought she was the most pretty "girl" that I had ever seen. Seeing her obit pop up on my computer, made all those memories come flooding back. I and my wife live in Barbour County, WV and are 80 years old. I am sorry that I did not know that she was still living. She was a good friend of my Aunt Ginny and I have never forgotten those childhood memories so many years ago. My life was enriched for having known Retha, even as a child. She was a beautiful person in her heart and it is no wonder that she spent so many years in the education field.
Comment | Posted at 09:35pm via Condolence

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