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Obituary - Leonard A. Bartnick

Leonard A. Bartnick

Date of Passing: March 8th, 2014

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Leonard A. Bartnick, 78, of Utica, passed away on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Siegenthaler Hospice & Palliative Care Center after an extended illness. Leonard was the oldest son of Harry and Elizabeth Bartnick, born in August of 1935. He was a graduate of Utica Free Academy, Class of 1953. During his youth, he learned how to play the accordion. These skills later transferred easily to the electric organ and his playing could be heard down the street in South Utica on summer days. Shortly after graduating, Leonard enlisted in the United States Army and served his country proudly. Upon leaving the Army with an honorable discharge, he returned to Utica and took up the family business started by his father in 1926, Bartnick's Garage, which would eventually become permanently located in Deerfield. Leonard and his brother, Sheldon Bartnick inherited a work ethic from their father that would serve them well over the next 6 decades. Respected in his field and known for ingenuity and integrity, Leonard was honored to be a part of the Mohawk Valley business community. One of his greatest joys was shining up his giant tow trucks and driving them in local civic celebrations and parades. He and his brother masterfully restored the family's first tow truck, a 1932 Indiana, which is now permanently on display at the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Leonard was also a Mustang enthusiast. He happily drove a Ford Mustang and was enchanted by the mystique of the P-51 Mustang Warplane which he proudly piloted on one of his best days. In 1965 Leonard married the love of his life, Gail Paikin and they enjoyed 48 years together. Their commitment and dedication to each other stood as a shining example of the power of love, loyalty and how to do it right. Together they raised two boys, Allen of New Hartford and Andrew of Waterbury Center, Vermont. He is survived by Gail and their two sons, Allen's wife Marcie and their daughter, Justine Bartnick . Andy, Allen and his family brought him exceptional joy, love and support. Justine held Leonard's head and heart like only a granddaughter could and she took great care of both. She could make him smile on the darkest day. Leonard was a life long member of Temple Beth El and was recognized in 2007 by the Moriah Lodge #958 F & AM for 50 years of loyal support and dedication to the Brotherhood of Masons. Leonard is also survived by many friends and family who stood by his side through good times and ill health. Mark and Cindy Paikin of Fayetteville, Mike Paikin of Los Angeles, CA, Suggie and Shelly Brumberger of Reno, NV, Gail's father Leon Paikin of Newbury Park, CA, and of course, his brother and long time partner, Sheldon and niece, Elise of Utica and great niece Heather Bartnick, of Goldsboro, NC. The funeral will be Monday (today) at 2 pm at the Bentz Funeral Service, Inc., 470 French Road, Utica/New Hartford, with Rabbi Ronald Kopelman officiating. Interment will be in Temple Beth El Cemetery, Whitesboro. Calling hours will be Monday (today) from 12 2 pm, prior to the funeral. Shiva will be observed Tuesday from 2 8 pm at their home, 153 Victoria Drive, Utica.

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Jordan

My heart goes out to you and yours. Our only solace is that he is at peace and rest and will live forever in the hearts and thoughts of those that loved and knew him. I am so sorry.
Ginny Daeschler

Bartnick family: I am so sorry to hear about your loss. The death of a loved one is not easy to deal with. I have found much comfort in God's promises when I have lost loved ones in my life. I would like to share what Revelation 21:4 says: "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. I hope you will also find encouragement and hope in this wonderful promise. My heart goes out to you.
Crystal

Gail, Andy and family - I am so sorry for your loss. He fought a tough battle. My thoughts are with you all. - Claudette
Claudette George

I am very sorry to hear of Lenny's passing.I had the pleasure of being employed by Lenny and Shelly even though it was only for a short period of time,the knowledge and kindness Lenny shared was priceless. I enjoyed looking at old photos and talking about the good old days with Lenny during the slow times at Bartnicks Garage.I really enjoyed helping the Brothers in getting the Restoration started on the 1932 Indiana and listening to all the jobs that the boys did with it during the years.Lenny is a great man who will be greatly missed and I am lucky to have been blessed with knowing him. My heart goes out to Gail and the entire family. God bless all of you.
Edward Woolsey

Shelly, Gail, and families, I am so sorry to hear of Lenny's passing. I remember growing up and going to Bartnick's Garage with my dad (Bob Steele)and Lenny was always such a great man! As I got older I would come to get my inspections done there and Lenny would always "pick on me". There is not a day that goes by that I don't drive by the old garage and think about the Bartnick brothers. There are no words to sooth the loss you are feeling at this time. You and your whole family will be in our thoughts & prayers. If there is such a place as heaven I know for sure that Lenny is up there telling jokes and working on trucks with dad & Danny! Also, my mother, Mary, wants you to know that she is thinking of you during this time of sorrow as well. Sincerely, Tammy & Gary Konicki and Mary Steele
Tammy Konicki

Gail and Family, So sorry for your loss,I've enjoyed your updates on cruises, and his mustang. Your in my thoughts. Brian
Brian Barnard

Sending you all so much love. Our prayers and deepest sympathy are with you. You are all in our thoughts, and hope you will take as much time as you need to all be together. Love, Susan and the VTPrivateye team
Susan Randall

Dear Gail, Shelly and family: We are so sorry to hear about Len. It's been a long time since we left Utica but we have such great memories of our neighborhood especially having friends like all of you. Len was a great person and his memory will never fade from our hearts. Please know we are thinking of you.
Fred & Angela Dziezynski

Dear Gail & Family My sympathy to you and your family upon the passing of Your Husband/Partner & Father. You and yours are in my family prays. Your Co-worker Willie
Willie Rodriguez

Dear Gail and Shelly and family, I wish to extend our deepest sympathy to you on behalf of our Bullis family. My Dad Bernie and Mom Doris had wonderful memories of your family in days gone by and want you to know Lenny will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. May you be comforted by warm memories filled with peace, hope and love. We are so sorry, Rest in Peace our dear friend.
Debra (Bullis) Lamoree

Dear Gail, My sincere condolences to you, Shelly, and your entire families. Dave
David Lowitz

Dear Shelly and family: So sorry to hear of your brothers passing. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with you.
Jim Mauthe

Dear Allen, Marcie & Justine: Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Your Dads spirit will always be with you. Mary Ann & Rock Spatuzzi
Mary Ann Spatuzzi

Dear Gail & Family My sympathy to you and your family upon the passing of Lenny. Your long time friend & co-worker, Kathy Brown
Kathy Brown

Dear Gail, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Nancy
Nancy Klossner