Bartek, Joanne


Joanne Rose (Ringsmuth) Bartek was born on June 30, 1985, to John and Susan Ringsmuth at Saint Cloud Hospital in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. The only girl among four brothers, Joanne’s childhood was filled with playfulness, laughter, and joy as well as maybe an occasional argument or two with her siblings. As one might expect being the lone source of estrogen amid so much testosterone, Joanne quickly learned to fend for herself and along the way developed a brilliant sense of humor, razor-sharp wit, and deep sense of love, compassion, and caring for others that she kept with her throughout her life.  When Joanne was young she loved to play with her brothers, spend time with friends, and even learned to ride the unicycle which, as her brothers suspect, is probably why Adam started going out with her so many years later. After all, nothing says I’ll make a great girlfriend like riding a one-wheeled contraption down the street. A highlight of every year was the annual family vacation at Noka Sippi Resort near Brainerd, Minnesota, when she got to spend a week surrounded with more cousins than could sometimes be counted. It was these relationships with her immediate and extended family that became so critically important to her later in life as she went through the joys and trials of divorce, remarriage, pregnancy, schooling, and finally her battle with cancer.


As Joanne grew older so did her desire to show love to others through acts of service. Under the keen eye of her mother she learned to cook, bake, and sew which she enjoyed doing all her life and she delighted in hosting family meals as well as Thanksgiving dinner and the annual Christmas Eve present-opening which often meant her house was stuffed to the point of bursting with family members. It was this same eagerness to serve others that led her to pursue a career in nursing which saw her advance from home health aid to achieving the status of Registered Nurse. A lifelong learner who was never content with the status quo, Joanne studied hard in school and earned degrees from Southeast Community College and Nebraska Wesleyan University, and continued to pursue her education all throughout her adult life, and was well on her way to earning her Master’s of Science in Nursing Education.


Joanne was deeply devoted to her faith and she put Jesus Christ first in all she did, striving to serve Him and make Him known to others through her nursing work and by living her life as an example for others. Her four daughters were the light of her life and even as she was preparing to go home to the Lord she wanted nothing more than to let her girls know how much she loved them, cared about them, and wished for them to continue growing in Christ. She loved taking her girls shopping, getting their hair and nails done, and sewing dresses for them to wear on Easter Sunday and school events. The other love of Joanne’s life was her husband Adam who was a constant source of support, encouragement, and strength throughout their marriage, especially during the three years of her cancer treatment. Visitors were always welcomed at Joanne and Adam’s house, and there was constant activity with their kids running around leaving papers, crayons, blankets, clothes, and more than a few food spills in every room of the house. In this sense, Joanne’s adult life mirrored that of her own childhood, and she loved every minute of it.


While Joanne will be dearly missed by her family and friends here on earth we know, with the same certainty by which we know the sun will rise in the morning, that she is rejoicing in heaven, her body freed from the prison of cancer that held her captive here on earth. Joanne knew this well and expressed her love for Christ clearly even as her frail body succumbed to the scourge of cancer and chemo, and as she breathed her last she, figuratively and literally, fixed her eyes on Jesus—the author and perfecter of her faith, and walked the final steps on the narrow road to her heavenly home with a peace that surpasses all our human understanding. We praise God for her life know that she entered His gates with thanksgiving and praise, and we look forward to the day when we will meet her once again.


The funeral service will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, March 9, 2018, at Berean Church, 6400 South 70th St, Lincoln.  Burial will be at Yankee Hill Cemetery. 


Visitation will be held on Thursday from 9 am to 3 pm at Butherus Maser and Love funeral home, 4040 A St.  Visitation with the family present will be from 5 pm to 8 pm on Thursday at the church. 


In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family for future designation. 

Guestbook for Bartek, Joanne

5:20AM Mar 10th, 2018
Adam I was deeply sadden to hear of Joanne's passing. When Joanne worked for home health she took such good care of my daughters Sierra and Jeaneeya Hopgood . Joanne was a delight to work with as well. You all take care and may the good Lord cradle you all in his arms. God Bless Jeanene Hopgood
Jeanene Hopgood (lincoln, NE)
8:43PM Mar 8th, 2018
Joanne, I am so thankful I had the chance to get to know you while you were here on earth. The friendship between Janessa and Ava made us acquaintances but it was through your cancer that we became true friends. I wanted so badly for you to beat the cancer and live a full long life with Adam and your girls but obviously God had other plans. I am relieved to know you are suffering no longer. You fought hard and long and were so courageous through it all. I love you and I miss you.
Stephanie Wirth (Lincoln, NE)
12:08PM Mar 8th, 2018
You will be missed very much Joanne. Until we meet again in heaven! Aunt Janete
Janete Ringsmuth (Maple Grove, MN)
11:25AM Mar 7th, 2018
Joanne touched my life after only meeting her once last year. She was a blessing then and will remain in my heart. Joanne's life inspires me to do my very best each day, loving others as Jesus does. God Bless Joanne's family - I will keep you in my prayers, asking for courage and peace.
shawn levesque (st. louis , MO)
10:43AM Mar 7th, 2018
I didn't know Joanne but when I saw her photo I knew she would have been a joy to know. I was not surprised at all when I read that she lived and served Jesus. Her smile told me that she loved life and had armloads of love for others. My heart goes out to Joanne's four daughters, but they have a great model to pattern their lives after with their father's help and the love of Jesus their mother showed them. Thanks Joanne for the love you showed to others starting with your parents and your four brothers. I'm 80 now and originally from Aurora 60 years ago. I'll be looking forward to seeing Joanne at Jesus' feet. God's blessing on her extended family. Amen and Amen.
Rex Salmon (San Diego, CA)
7:56PM Mar 6th, 2018
I love you now and always, Joanne.
Andrea Ringsmuth (Eagan, MN, MN)
1:49PM Mar 6th, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss of Joanne. I worked with her at St. Es. She was a great person and nurse. You will all be in my prayers.
Nicole Christie (Lincoln, NE)
7:04PM Mar 5th, 2018
God says and the psalmist writes in 116:15, Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. And in Psalm 145, The Lord is righteous in all His ways, Gracious in all His works. The Lord is near to all who call upon Him; To all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
Renee & Ray Grosser (Eubank, KY)
3:13PM Mar 5th, 2018
I'm so so sorry to hear of Joanne's passing. May your faith, your Love for Joanne comfort in the days ahead. May you seeing the blessings of your life always. Take care and Peace to you all....and especially, Joanne, may you rest in the Peace you so deserve.
Mary Chmielewski (Princeton, MN)
10:10AM Mar 5th, 2018
My heart is heavy with sadness for my sweet nephew Adam. I pray Our Lord will keep His arms wrapped around Adam, and their 4 little girls. Joanne showed us how to live a God filled life, and how to walk the sacred path to Heaven.
Aunt Marilyn Wadum (Omaha, NE)
9:25AM Mar 5th, 2018
Joanne, I am so thankful for your friendship. You have the most beautiful soul. I loved spending time with you and doing all the girly things with you. I am so happy you are made whole again, but I miss you so much! I am saying so many prayers for your entire family. I love you very much. Megan
Megan King (Lincoln , NE)
9:11AM Mar 5th, 2018
I love you so much! The last 3 years were so hard on you! The fight you showed us will live on with the girls! I will do my best to raise them the way you would have. I’m extremely sad now and heartbroken but I know your not suffering now and that’s amazing! Until we are reunited I love you now and Forever!
Adam Bartek (Lincoln, NE)

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