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Michael Bartuska, 80, 'Rock of Granite'

Bartuska was a U.S. Army Veteran, where he served as a Sergeant with the 82nd Airborne during the Korean War and received several decorations, medals and badges.

Michael R. Bartuska, Sr., 80, passed away on Christmas night at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Pittston, Pa, son of the late Edward and Rose Bartuska, he lived most of his life in Levittown and Bristol.

Mr. Bartuska was a U.S. Army Veteran, where he served as a Sergeant with the 82nd Airborne during the Korean War. He received several decorations, medals and badges including the Parachute Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with 3 bronze service stars, U.N. Service Medal, CIB and the Good Conduct Medal. Mike was especially proud of his service to our Country.

He retired from Congoleum Flooring in Trenton, NJ and from Kane's Supermarket in Levittown. He was friendly, had a great sense of humor and was extremely dedicated to his family.

Mike loved football and played on the 1950 Luzerne County Conference All-Star Team, where he played guard and was described in a newspaper article as a "Rock of Granite" who held like a bulldog as he charged through the line to open holes for his teammates.

He held that position throughout his life working three jobs to provide for his family. He was a great provider of advice and knowledge by experience. He instilled values in his seven children teaching them to respect themselves, respect their elders and respect their Country. He was a member of St. Mark Church and a former member of the VFW, John Billington Post, Levittown. 

Mr. Bartuska is survived by his seven children, Renee Bartuska, Michael R. Bartuska, Jr. (Rose), Mark Bartuska (Marti), Yvonne Engard (Perry), Matthew Bartuska (Alice), Myles Bartuska and Nicole Catena (Craig), and will be sadly missed by his loving grandchildren, Rebecca, Michael R. III, Mark, Jr., Christopher, Aaron, and Matthew, Jr. Bartuska, Theresa and Thomas Engard and Dominic and Preston Catena.

He is also survived by his former wife, Theresa Joan Bartuska and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Bartuska was predeceased by his two brothers, John "Jack" Bartuska and Edward "Butch" Bartuska.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass on Friday, January 3, 2014, 9:30 a.m. at St. Mark Church, Bristol Borough. Interment will be held in Washington Crossing National Cemetery.

Friends may call Thursday evening 6-9 p.m. and Friday morning 8:15-9:15 a.m. at the Wade Funeral Home, 1002 Radcliffe Street, Bristol Borough. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

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