Sylvester “Sam” Bartkoski

Funeral services for Sylvester “Sam” Bartkoski, 72, Tonganoxie, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tonganoxie. Private burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.Mr. Bartkoski died Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, at his home.He was born Oct. 17, 1936, in El Dorado Springs, Mo., the son of Joseph and Gladys Vickers Bartkoski.He retired in 1995 as a pipefitter for Proctor and Gamble in Kansas City, Kan.He married Doris Tingle-Behymer on Aug. 21, 1987, in McLouth. Survivors include four sons, Anthony Bartkoski, of Gardner, and David Bartkoski, Mark Behymer and Fred Behymer, all of Tonganoxie; seven daughters, Diana Beach and Donna Bartkoski, Tonganoxie, Susan Talbott, Wichita, Sharon Mathia, Topeka, Vickie Petrie and Linda Durkes, McLouth, and Cheryl Bryant, Oskaloosa; two brothers, Paul, Kansas City, Kan., and Tim, El Dorado Springs, Mo.; a sister, Martha Bartkoski, Springfield, Mo.; 41 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.A daughter, Kathleen Bartkoski, preceded him in death in 1967.The family will receive friends 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Quisenberry Funeral Home in Tonganoxie. The family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association, sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 993, Tonganoxie, KS 66086.Online condolences may be sent at