Funeral services for Gertrude Bartak, age 101, formerly of Creighton, Nebraska will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 1, 2020, at Zion Lutheran Church in Creighton. Reverend Donna Fonner will officiate, with burial in Greenwood Cemetery in Creighton.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.
Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton is in charge of arrangements.
Gertrude Louise (Pellatz) Bartak passed away on January 24, 2020, at Methodist Manor in Storm Lake, Iowa at age 101. She was born to William and Bertha (Haverkamp) Pellatz on December 30, 1918. Gertrude was baptized into the Lutheran faith on September 17, 1919, by Pastor George Obermeyer.
Gertrude lived on a farm with her family. She attended several schools in the Brunswick vicinity. Gertrude attended a year of full-time Lutheran catechism and confirmation classes in Creighton, along with her brother Reinhold “Hans” Pellatz and was confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in 1934. She grew up in a very large and loving family, being the youngest of the Pellatz cousins and one of the oldest of the Haverkamp cousins.
Gertrude married Raymond Bartak of Creighton on October 3, 1942, in San Antonio, Texas, where he was stationed at the time with the United States Army Air Corp. They also lived in Orlando, Florida during World War II and Montgomery, Alabama and Washington DC following the war. Gertrude lived with her parents while her husband was stationed in Guam. They moved back to Nebraska in 1949 and farmed east of Creighton until 1981, when they moved back to rural Brunswick.
After Raymond passed away in 2006, Gertrude lived with her daughters in Lincoln and Iowa until 2015, when she moved into an assisted living facility in Alta, Iowa. In 2018, she moved into the Methodist Manor in Storm Lake, Iowa.
Gertrude was devoted to her faith in God and her church. She was a Sunday school teacher at Zion, as well as a member of the Women’s Circles and work groups. She considered members of Zion Lutheran part of her family. Gertrude was also a member of VFW Auxiliary, Creighton Band Parents, and the All-Around Birthday Club. She enjoyed gardening, embroidery work, reading, music, and baking. Her contributions to church bake sales were highly prized and sought after. She also did baking for shut-ins, neighbors, friends, and her dear mother. Her husband swore that Gertrude was the best cook in the country and gave her many other accolades as well.
Gertrude loved her farm life and was active in everything Ray did on the farm. She was especially his helpmate after he lost his leg in a farm accident in 1970. In addition to helping him with field work, Gertrude gardened, canned, and raised chickens. She and Ray both enjoyed coffee and lunches in the fields, as well as taking long rides through the countryside and breakfasting in small-town bakeries.
Gertrude supported her daughters in all their activities and enjoyed attending their school events as well as those of her grandchildren. She was a kind and generous person and best friend to her daughters and grandchildren.
Gertrude was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Raymond G. Bartak; her parents; one sister, Alma Sorensen and her husband Carl; one brother, Reinhold Pellatz and wife Ruth; brothers-in-law, Leonard Bartak, Arnold Bartak, Fred Westerman, and Julius Jadin; and sisters-in-law, Helen Westerman, Irene Bartak, and Laura Bartak.
She is survived by her daughters, Gloria Rohlfsen and husband Bob of Early, Iowa, Pamela Enchayan and husband Roe of Lincoln; grandchildren, Jeri (Ryan) Linneman of St. Michael, MN, Leah (Patrick) McManus of Canton, NY, Gretchen (Michael) Greaves of Auckland, New Zealand, and Ryan (Jenny) Enchayan of Holdrege; great-grandchildren, Elise and Luke Linneman, Beatrice, Simon, and Frederick McManus, Jackson and William Greaves, and Lilly and Violet Enchayan; one brother-in-law, John Bartak; sisters-in-law, Glee Bartak and Neva Bartak; nephews, William, Randy, and Douglas Pellatz and their families; and many additional nieces, nephews, and cousins.