Wanda (Word) Bartman, age 81 of Appleton, breathed her last breath here and her first breath on the other side on Friday, July 22, 2022. Wanda was born in New Mexico on September 10, 1940, daughter of the late Fred and Leota (Wikle) Word.
Wanda was a 1958 graduate of House, New Mexico High School. She met her then husband in Clovis, New Mexico and moved to Wisconsin in April of 1961, where she had her only child, Juanita. Wanda later met the love of her life, Leonard Bartman, through a mutual friend Chico – at Dick and Joan’s. They married on September 4, 1987. You could find them together every Friday or Saturday night at Dick and Joan’s enjoying an old fashioned with dinner. Wanda’s only grandchild, her pride and joy Ashley was born on October of 1987. In her early years in Appleton, she worked at Zwicker’s, enjoyed babysitting children in her home, and worked at the Outagamie County Health Care Center for twenty-three years. Being a universal donor, her presence was in high demand at the Community Blood Center where over the years she had donated 35 units of blood, which is over four gallons! Wanda loved the Wisconsin sports teams. You could always hear her rooting on the Badgers, Brewers, and “her” Packers. She never missed watching a game, even if it required two televisions at one time. She loved to cook, garden, tend to her many flowers, collect cookbooks, and keeping her candy dishes filled for everyone to enjoy. Wanda was a loving and caring soul, and her husband and family were the most important to her.
Survivors include her husband: Leonard Bartman; a daughter: Juanita (Dan) Zenefski; a granddaughter: Ashley (Chris) Kane; a sister: Martha (Jerry) Mims; and brothers-in-law Orville (Pat) Bartman and Willard “Buck” Greeley. There are also many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Robert and a sister-in-law Marilyn Greeley.
A funeral service for Wanda will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, July 30, 2022 at the Wichmann Funeral Home, located at 537 N. Superior Street in Appleton. Visitation begins on 10:30 AM on Saturday and continues until the time of the service. A private burial will take place at St. Mary Cemetery in Appleton. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your local blood center or to the American Red Cross.
The family would like to offer a special thank you to the 4th Floor staff at Ascension St. Elizabeth Hospital, and especially Dr. Montag for the care and compassion shown to Wanda in her final days.