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Harold "Bart" Bartholomew

June 2, 1943 — May 25, 2023


Harold "Bart" Bartholomew

Harold “Bart” Bartholomew, 79, of Portage, passed away from complications of Parkinson’s and dementia on Thursday, May 25, 2023, at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo. Harold was born June 2, 1943, in Cadillac, Michigan, the son of Ellsworth and Bernice (Atwater) Bartholomew. He graduated from Portage High School (now Portage Central) in 1961. After graduation he attended trade school to learn the HVAC profession, which he stayed with his entire career. He worked for A1 Refrigeration and most recently worked for Zimmerman Plumbing and Heating, retiring in 2010. Bart enjoyed fishing, boating, and golfing. He was a member of Portage-Schoolcraft Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3531.

On June 2, 2001, in Portage, Bart was united in marriage to Carol A. Henning who survives. He is also survived by his two sons, Todd (Melodie) and Timm (Sherrie) Bartholomew; a stepson, Troy Mielke; three grandchildren, Austin, Mariah and Taylor. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Richard.

A celebration of life and luncheon will be held Saturday, June 24, 2023, from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Portage – Schoolcraft Fraternal Order Eagles Aerie 3531, 11611 Shaver Road, Schoolcraft, MI 49087.

While visiting Harold’s webpage at please sign the guestbook by lighting a candle, and/or sharing a memory with the family. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to Centrica Care Navigators or Kalamazoo Animal Rescue.

The Bartholomew family is being cared for by the Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Homes and Cremation Society, 129 S. Grand Street, PO Box 417, Schoolcraft, MI 49087, (269) 679-5622.

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, June 24, 2023

2:00 - 6:00 pm (Eastern time)

Fraternal Order Eagles Aerie 3531

11611 Shaver Road, Schoolcraft, MI 49087

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