Lucille Martin Bartson
Jul. 15, 1925 – Jan. 5, 2016
Resident of San Mateo
Mrs. Lucille (Lucy) Bartson (née Martin) died peacefully at home in San Mateo on Jan. 4, 2016 at the age of 90. Lucy is survived by her five children, Andrew Bartson and Jeanie Bartson of San Mateo, Mark Bartson of Sacramento, Mary Rowntree of Marysville and Beth Bartson of Richmond; 6 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren. She is survived by her sisters JoAnn Dinslage, Frances Theis, and brother Leonard Martin. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Andrew and her sisters Bernadine Smith, Patricia Watkins, Marian Lamar, and her brother Robert Martin. Lucy was lovingly cared for in her home over the last several years by her children and their partners/spouses, Kay Koo, Gordon Rowntree, and Carol Bono, her niece, Sarah Dwyer and her caregiver Emma Tuitavake.
Lucy was born July 15, 1925, in Oakdale, Nebraska, the 4th of eight children born to the farming family of Patrick Martin and Bernadine Vollmer. She taught in a one-room schoolhouse. During the war effort she assembled airplane engines in Buffalo, New York. She earned an RN certificate from St Catherine’s Hospital School of Nursing, Omaha, Nebraska in 1947, graduating at the head of her class. After WWII she came to San Francisco, where she met and married Andrew Bartson in 1950. In 1958, the family moved to San Mateo. As her children grew older she continued her nursing career at several local convalescent hospitals.
Lucy bequeaths to her offspring a love of nature, literature and learning. She led her children and grandchildren on many adventures, hiking in Yosemite, rafting trips on the Truckee River and rides at Disney World. She was cut-throat bridge player throughout her life. She was active as PTA president, a leader in Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and the 4-H club. After retirement she travelled to places around the US and Canada, England, Ireland, Belgium, Egypt and the Holy Land. Lucy was welcoming and generous. Friends and family gathered frequently in the Bartson home where love and food were plentiful.
Her life was an example of Christ in her gentle, loving kindness to all. She and Andrew were faithful members of St Gregory’s Catholic Church. She joyfully brought Communion to those confined to their homes. Over the years, she participated in the parish Gregorians, Women’s Club, Pro-Life, Mercy Associates, and other groups. She also gave time and money to people in need through St. Vincent de Paul. In her last days she expressed gratitude for her husband, family and their life together.
A Vigil Service will be held at 3pm on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 at Sneider & Sullivan & O’Connell’s Funeral Home, 977 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 1pm on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 at St. Gregory Catholic Church, 27th & Hacienda in San Mateo, CA. Reception to follow. Inurnment at Gate of Heaven in Los Altos, CA.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent De Paul – St Gregory’s Conference, 50 North B Street, San Mateo, CA 94401
Lucille Martin Bartson