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William  J.

  • Visitation, Friday July 10th at the Funeral Home, 4800 S. 84th St. from 3-6PM.

Bartholomew, William J.

Born to Eternal Life on Sunday July 5th, 2020 at the age of 83. Loving husband of Doreen (formerly Bloomingdale, Nee Rische). Most wonderful father of Tod (Lori), the late Scott (Greta), Lynne Canzoneri Bartholomew and Mike (Diana). Cherished grandfather of Jacob (Fiancée Chelsea), Tod Jr., Ariel (Kody), Bill, Madelyne, Domminic, Beau (Whitney) and Brett. Great grandfather of Olive Maxine. Brother of Jim (the late Judy) and Jane (Mike) Zagrodnik. Step father of Tara Bloomingdale, Nate (Dawn) Bloomingdale, Kirsten Bloomingdale and Colleen (Pete) Nelson. Loving survived by step grandchildren, step great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by his wife Karen (nee Medrow), his parents George and Dorothy, and his brother Mike.

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 10th at the FUNERAL HOME from 3-6pm. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, everyone is asked to be patient and abide to social distancing guidelines. Everyone is welcome, but we are allowing a limited number of people in the building at any given time.  If so desired memorials to Living Waters Lutheran Church, Wisconsin Lutheran College or the charity of your choice appreciated. Bill reached his ultimate goal of eternal life with Christ. He was an incredible man of faith that was a son, brother, uncle, husband, father, grandfather, teacher, counselor, coach and servant leader. He lived his beliefs. He was the definition of a class act.



4800 S. 84th St.       414-281-5533


  1. David O'Brien July 6, 2020 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    Sorry for your loss. I was one of the kids that he touched and left an imprint on. May he rest in peace.

  2. Alan G. Stachowiak July 6, 2020 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    Love this man! I had him for US History, and I had the privilege of being his varsity football manager in 1971. A great role model and mentor. I owe many successes in life due to his modeling of how to work with people. A great man and forever one of my most beloved coaches. Take care up there, Coach Bart. (South Division, Class of ’72)

  3. Don Maurer July 7, 2020 at 10:00 am - Reply

    My sympathy to the Bartholomew Family. I coached with Bill in the 1994 All-Star game and he impressed me with his passion for the game and the players along with his coaching leadership. One of the best memories in my life.

  4. Kenn and Marlis Kremer July 7, 2020 at 11:40 am - Reply

    Oh dear family of Bill – Kenn and I send our deepest sympathy to all of you –
    We have such wonderful memories of the years of friendship we had with your parents.
    God truly blessed us with this friendship – a reunion in heaven will be wonderful –
    Heaven is our home – Love and hugs to all of you – Kenn and Marlis Kremer

  5. Carmen D. Delgado July 7, 2020 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    Our condolences to the family of Coach Bart. He was always a calming presence and a breath of fresh air. As members of the Class of ‘73, my sister Maria and I were proud to cheer for the SDHS Cardinals Football Team under his leadership. What’s even more surprising was seeing him in a public setting many years after 1973, and he still remembered our names! Go in peace, Coach Bart.

  6. Dan Lehman July 7, 2020 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Coach Bart, thanks for being there during my high school years. You were a great coach and role model. Could always instill a sense of confidence with very few words. Class of “75”. Rest in peace Coach.

  7. Ruth (Hoffmeier) Trowbridge July 9, 2020 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    Bill was always Mr. Nice Guy. Everyone liked him, even grouchy Miss Black who taught English at South Division and didn’t appear to like anyone! He had a way of reaching out to people and befriending them. An aside….he made a great Bloody Mary—-akin to drinking a salad! Everyone needs a Bill and Karen in his and her life. My condolences to Doreen and all the family and friends who will feel a big hole in their lives. May peace be with all of you and may Karen, and now Bill, rest in peace.

  8. Kristina Zalewski July 10, 2020 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss Doreen. Prayers for you and your family. Love, Kristina Zalewski (Krutina).

  9. Mike Woida July 10, 2020 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    Bartholomew Family – We are Sorry for your loss. The Woida’s lived across the alley from you on Forest Home Avenue. I played basketball, kick the can, red light green light etc. in the alleys north and south with Mike and Todd and Lynn were my baby sitters. My dad Paul and mom Cathie spent many hours with your dad and mom Karen discussing the events of the day, catching up on what the kids were doing and enjoying each other’s company. My dad will miss Bill and the breakfast dates they have recently enjoyed together. Take care and be strong, Mike Woida and Family.

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