On behalf of my siblings, Nina, Scott, Grant, Perry, this is Ted Bartelt writing about our awesome Dad! We would like to honor our father by letting him know how much he means to us. The 5th commandment states “Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commended you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you…” Well, our father demonstrated that principle to us through our parent’s relationship with their parents and in a lifetime that has gone well for our father.
Born May 30, 1925 in Philadelphia, PA, Dad grew up during the depression and at a young age had a passion for baseball. Not only gifted with athletic ability, Dad was astute in math and sciences, loved vocal music and playing the coronet, and excelled in school. College was delayed due to the onslaught of World War II where Dad served in the Army with many of his comrades during those challenging times of world history. After the war, Dad attended Bucknell University where he played baseball, studied pre-med, and was an active member of the Phi Lambda Theta fraternity. But the true blessing of Bucknell University was Dad’s meeting and falling in love with Genevieve Fowle whose father was the University’s physician. They were married in 1951.
Dad and mom moved to Philadelphia where Dad studied medicine at Temple University. He practiced family medicine in Rockledge, PA with George Hess and Bob Parsons. But we sense that the real fun began with the birth of five kids in six years. We all have fond memories of growing up in Jenkintown, a small town in the suburbs of Philadelphia. To this day we cannot comprehend how our parents raised five kids, all in a row, through school and college, and yet aged so gracefully! There clearly were angels looking over the Bartelt household!
Dad moved his practice to Charlotte, NC in 1975, when Ted (the last) graduated from high school. Our parents made many great friends in Charlotte and also discovered Lake Lure as their weekend get-away. Initially they discovered a timeshare at Fairfield Mountains and later purchased a home on Youngs Mountain where our parents decided to retire and make Lake Lure their permanent home.
Dad has been a wonderful father, grandfather and great grandfather to us and our children. He has supported all of us in our changing lives. For Nina, Dad affirmed her creativity, her determination in sports, and her roles in family, ministry and school. For the boys, Dad was active with us in Indian Guides, Boy Scouts, and sports of all types, and in encouraging each one to use his gifts in work and family life, living out our values.
The one thread that truly has linked us all more than anything else is the summer activities and vacations we enjoyed growing up. What adventures we would have traveling each summer, whether it was to Maine or Nova Scotia, to the Shawmere fishing cabin in Ontario, or to the west coast and back, our family “peak experience.” As a grandfather and now great grandfather, Dad has been supportive of all our children even though our family is spread throughout the country.
We are grateful that Dad and Lynn Lund found each other as “second true loves” after the death of our mom and Lynn’s husband, Larry. How fitting that their fifth anniversary is also Dad’s 90th birthday! Dad, we love you and we look forward to celebrating your 100th Birthday!
Editor’s note: Curt has been a Breeze reader for 28 years. Congratulations and thanks to a great friend and supporter of the Lake Lure community. Happy anniversary, too!