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BARTZ , Berniece, 93, surrounded by her family, passed away peacefully June 5th at Treasure Coast Hospice in Stuart, Florida. She is survived by her sons, Charles and Don. Born in Globe in 1922, Berniece was an identical twin to her sister Beverly. She had three brothers, Merrill, Clifton, and Bill. Their father, Charlie Collins, was a saddle maker and was well known to all the ranchers, not only in the local area, but throughout the Southwest. The family lived in Prescott for a period before relocating to Globe. While attending the University of Arizona, Berniece met and married Don Bartz, who served as a bomber pilot in the Pacific during WWII, and later on Okinawa during the Korean War. She gave birth to Charles in 1944 and Don in 1952. The family lived in Arizona, Texas, New York, Missouri, and New Mexico before settling in Mesa in 1960. Berniece worked at Mesa High school in the mid 60’s and was a lifelong member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She moved from Mesa to Florida in 2015 to be closer to her family and resided at the Allegro of Stuart, where she made many new friends. Having been raised in a small mining and ranching town, growing up during the Great Depression, and experiencing three wars, she had a strong will and very positive outlook on life. She was a very loving and giving person who never complained, and was an avid animal lover. Especially her cats! With her passing we have lost another link to our significant and historical past. Her stories and remembrances will be sadly missed, but her memories, and the memory of her, will be treasured. We love you Mama.
Published on  August 10, 2017
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