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Theodore J. Bartosik Jr., 75, of Union, Illinois, formerly of Rolling Meadows, Illinois, passed away in the early morning of August 28, 2017 after a brave battle with Leukemia.

Theodore, or Ted to his friends and family, was born on May 21, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois to Theodore and Genevieve (Muszynski) Bartosik. He married the love of his life, Rosalie Sharapata, on November 13, 1965. Together, they built a beautiful family in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.

Ted was a devout Catholic and enjoyed serving as an usher and was also in the Knights of Columbus. He was known for being giving and caring. He was an extremely hard worker with a great sense of humor who went above and beyond to support his family and the people he loved. After attending business school, he went into banking and was elevated to a management position shortly thereafter and then into bank officer positions. He also worked a part time job for many years restoring furniture. In his free time, he loved gardening and many have enjoyed his tomatoes, potatoes and other vegetables. He had a passion for bowling, trains, coins and loved the game of baseball. He also had a love for the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Many will remember his delicious homemade barbecue ribs and pulled pork for family parties and other events. Ted loved his family and friends and nothing made him happier than spending time with his grandchildren.

Ted is survived by his five children, Kathleen (Joe) Cichon, Maria (Mark) Amren, Keith (Hans) Bartosik, Jennifer (Terry) King, and Laura (Tom) Mickey; eleven grandchildren, Erik, Nick, & Daniel Cichon, David, Michael, & Eric Amren, Mercedes Garcia, Peyton & Alexis King, and Isabella & Joshua Mickey; his brother, Larry (Grace) Bartosik. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

A funeral mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church in Marengo, Illinois on Wednesday, September 6 at 11:00 AM. Sacred Heart is located at 323 North Taylor Street, Marengo, IL 60152. Taylor Street is accessible from either US Route 20 or State Road 176. All are welcome to a celebration of Ted's life at his son Keith's barn immediately following the funeral mass (approximately 12:30 PM). Casual attire is requested in keeping with Ted's wishes. Food and beverages will be served. The address is 114 S. Rose Farm Rd., Woodstock, IL 60098.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the King Family Fund which supports Ted's son-in-law, Terry, and daughter, Jennifer, who continue to battle Terry's brain tumor. You may go to http://kingfamilyfund.wixsite.com/donate if you wish to support the family.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold." Ted's wonderful family, which he and Rosalie started over half a century ago, is an all-time great achievement. They built it on a foundation of love and kindness. Like his garden every summer, Ted's family will continue to grow and flourish in his honor.