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Art Bartz
January 19, 1930 - February 23, 2015
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<div itemprop="description">Arthur (Art) Bartz beloved father of Rosemarie Painter (Ronald) and grandfather of Andrea, passed away peacefully on February 23, 2015 at the age of 85 years. He was surrounded by Rosemarie, Ron and Andrea until the very end of his life.&nbsp;&nbsp;Art is survived by three brothers, Willy (Adeline) of Raymond, Erich (Barbara) of Taber, and Harry (Barbara) of Edmonton and numerous nieces and nephews. Art was predeceased by two brothers Alfred (Hilde) of Winnipeg and Hugo (Edna) of Taber and Rosemarie&rsquo;s mother, Elfriede Bartz (Dobler). <br />&nbsp; <br />Art was born on January 19, 1930 in Arzis, Ackerman, Romania to Adolf and Eva (Bindewald) Bartz. &nbsp;As a young man, Art worked at a dairy farm in Germany until he was 25 and often shared many memories about this happy time in his life. &nbsp;In 1955, at the age of 25 he immigrated to Canada with his family and eventually settled in Calgary. <br />&nbsp; <br />When he first immigrated to Canada Art worked on a sugar beet farm, a dairy farm and in the coal mines in both East Coulee&nbsp;and Lethbridge, Alberta. &nbsp;He then found a career as a landscaper with the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Calgary. &nbsp; <br />&nbsp; <br />In 1959 he married Elfriede Dobler and in 1963 they adopted Rosemarie. &nbsp;&nbsp; <br />Art and Rosemarie had a special connection that deepened over the years. &nbsp;They talked to each other every day and visited a lot. &nbsp;They loved to play cards, go for coffee and visit friends at the legion.&nbsp; <br />Art was a fun loving man who loved to play darts and shuffleboard at various clubs in Forest Lawn. &nbsp;He loved to travel to Southern Alberta, Edmonton and Winnipeg to visit his brothers and his friends at the Hutterite colony. &nbsp;He spent his later years staying closer to home and enjoyed spending time at the Forest Lawn Legion 275. <br />&nbsp; <br />&nbsp;Art adored his granddaughter Andrea whom he spent a lot of time doting on over the years. &nbsp;We have many fond memories of birthday parties, family dinners and events. &nbsp;A highlight was a trip to Disneyland with Ron, Rose and Andrea in 2003. &nbsp;Andrea lovingly called Art, &ldquo;Opa&rdquo; and we all adopted the sentiment and Art became &ldquo;Opa&rdquo; to all of us. &nbsp; <br />&nbsp; <br />Art had a very special bond with his son-in-law Ron. &nbsp;They spent many, many hours and days together working alongside each other. It was a mutual relationship of love and respect. &nbsp;Ron cared a great deal for his father-in-law and treated him as if he was his own father and Art treated him as his own son. &nbsp; &nbsp;Art was the kind of person we could all count on at the drop of a hat, without question, he would be there for his family.&nbsp;Art was loved and he loved us. &nbsp;We will miss him dearly.&nbsp; <br /> <br />To express condolences, please visit: <br /></div>