Steve T. Bartkowiak

Steve T. Bartkowiak, age 95, of Berwick passed away on Monday, March 11, 2024, at Grandview Nursing and Rehab, Danville.

Born in Nanticoke on November 6, 1928, he was a son of the late Steve and Mary (Kluss) Bartkowiak. He attended elementary school in Nanticoke and graduated from Newport Township High School, class of 1946. In 1947, he joined the Marine Corps and served until 1954 where he held the rank of sergeant in the law enforcement field. He was attached to the First Marine Regiment, First Marine Division stationed in Tsingtao, China, during the outbreak of the Korean War. Other duty stations were at Camp Lejeune, NC, Camp Pendleton, CA, Pearl Harbor, Guam, Marianna Islands, and Kobe, Japan. He was awarded several medals for his service, including the Korean Citation Presidential Medal and the China Service Medal. After an honorable discharge, he continued his education and graduated with a degree in business administration from Wilkes-Barre Business College. He worked at Retreat State Hospital in Hunlock Creek, and later, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville for 30 years in the purchasing, receiving and distribution department. After retirement, he worked at Bloomsburg University in the same capacity for 4 years.

Steve enjoyed sports, movies, reading and traveling. He was an avid Berwick Football fan.

He married Alice (Luciw) Bartkowiak in 1955, in SS Cyril and Methodius Church. They were married for 56 years before her passing on February 22, 2011.

In addition to his wife, he was also preceded in death by his son Thomas S. Bartkowiak in 2005, son-in-law, Raymond Shutty in 1997; and a brother, Robert Bartkowiak.

He is survived by his daughter, Ann Marie Shutty, Pasadena, MD; granddaughter, Bernadette Shutty and husband Michael Reich, MD; brother, Alfred Bartkowiak and wife Phyllis, Nanticoke; sister-in-law, Michaline Bartkowiak, Allentown; and many nieces and nephews.

At Steve’s request there will be no public services. Private burial in SS Cyril and Methodius Cemetery was held at the convenience of his family.

Memorial contributions in his memory are suggested to Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

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