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Ann Barnsley Bartels

Obituary for Ann Barnsley Bartels

December 16, 1945 - May 9, 2021
Newtown, Pennsylvania | Age 75

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Ann Barnsley Bartels, 75, a lifelong Newtown resident, died on May 9, 2021 at Pickering
Manor, Newtown. Born in Philadelphia, Ann was adopted as an infant by the late
Edward Roberts and Ruth Cook Barnsley, to whom she was deeply devoted.
After graduating Council Rock, Ann received her associate's degree from MonIcello
College, and later finished her bachelor's degree in Library Science at Beaver College
(now Arcadia University). For much of her adult life, she was an active volunteer with
the Newtown Library and Newtown Historic Society, carrying on her father's strong
interest in preserving Newtown's history. She enjoyed summers and weekends on Long
Beach Island, NJ in a neighborhood full of extended family and friends. Additionally, Ann
and her husband Robert traveled throughout Europe on numerous student trips, as well
as several sabbatical years. After retirement in the 1990s, she and Bob spent their
summers on Monhegan Island, ME. There she became very involved in the island
community, volunteering tirelessly for several organizations, and cherished time
spent there. She was an avid reader, gardener, cook, and hostess.
Ann is the sister of the late Thomas, William and Shadrack Barnsley.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Robert H. Bartels; their sons - Christopher
Bartels, Erich and his wife Claudine Bartels; and two grandsons, Benjamin and Wyatt.
She is also survived by her sister-in-law Sharon Hobensack Barnsley, and nieces Carolyn,
Joanna, and Rebecca.
Relatives and friends are invited to Ann's Memorial service on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 11 AM at the
Newtown Presbyterian Church, 25 N. Chancellor Street, Newtown, PA. Memorial contributions in Ann's
name may be made the Newtown Library Company, 114 E. Centre Ave, Newtown PA 18940 or
https://newtownlibrarycompany.org or to the Monhegan Community Church, Monhegan, ME 04852.
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