Terri (Howard) Bartels, age 70, died early in the morning on Jan. 3, 2021 at Comfort House, Pella, from cancer with her husband and long time friends, Linda and John Colligan, at her side. Terri was born Aug. 21, 1950 at Mercy Hospital in Oskaloosa, to Francine (McCain) and L. V. Howard of New Sharon. She lived in New Sharon and attended North Mahaska elementary and high school until her junior year when she and her family moved to Oskaloosa. Terri graduated with the Oskaloosa High School senior class of 1968, completed her first year of college at Maryville College (Northeast Missouri State College), Kirksville, Mo., and upon transferring to William Penn College (William Penn University), Oskaloosa, earned a BA degree in elementary education. Terri was a career educator teaching most of her 37 years at the second grade level in the Moravia Community School System, Moravia, before her retirement in 2014.
Terri met her future husband, Richard Bartels of Manasquan, N.J., on the campus of William Penn, the two fell in love and were united in marriage on April 6, 1974 at the First Presbyterian Church of Oskaloosa, presided by Pastor J. Riley West, followed by a reception held at Elmhurst Country Club, Oskaloosa. They were married for 46 years before her passing.
Terri had a passion for teaching reading. One of her greatest joys was the satisfaction in watching her students develop from emerging readers to reading with fluency and expression in the span of a single school year. Reconnecting with her former students years later always warmed her heart. Terri was known as an avid exercise walker and could often be seen, year round, on the streets of Albia. Retirement offered both Terri and her husband the opportunity to travel to Florida, Gulf Shores and other warmer locations during the months of winter with good friends. Some of her most enjoyable moments were spent renting condos at Lake of The Ozarks, Mo. She valued time spent with family, friends and dining at restaurants, especially on the weekends. Terri became Catholic in 2001 through RCIA and never missed a weekend mass until the Covid pandemic and her advanced illness.
Terri was preceded in death by her father; her stepfather, Harlan B White (Oskaloosa,); paternal grandparents, Burgess and Mae (Ollom) Howard (New Sharon); maternal grandparents, Albert and Edith (Snyder) McCain (New Sharon); father-in-law, Harold E. Bartels (Manasquan, N.J.); and her aunt and uncle, Marylin and Dwight McCain (New Sharon).
Terri is survived by her husband, Richard Bartels (Albia); her mother, Francine White (Oskaloosa); her sister Toni (Eugene) Bosse (Gladstone, Mo.); cousin, Marc McCain (Oskaloosa) niece, Staci (Jason) Williams (Kansas City, Mo.); nephews David (Susan) Bosse (Liberty, Mo., and Lusaka, Zambia) and Michael Bosse (Gladstone, Mo.), and their families. Also surviving are Terri’s mother-in-law, Elinor Bartels (Pitman, N.J.); brother-in-law, Douglas Bartels (Lehighton, Penn.); sister-in-law, Debbie (Harry) Harrison (Pitman, N.J.) and their families.
Per Terri’s wishes, her funeral mass and burial will be private. Interment will be in Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Albia, Father Mark Yates C.PP.S. officiating. Memorials may be made to Saint Mary’s Altar and Rosary, Albia, or Comfort House, Pella, in care of Sinnott Funeral Home, 2030 Hwy 5, Albia, Ia. 52531. Online condolences may left for the family at sinnottfuneralhome.com.