Ernest  Bartz


SIDNEY CENTER - Ernest "Ernie" Bartz passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich.
Ernie was born Nov. 29, 1928, in the Town of Sidney to Jacob and Marjorie (Brown) Bartz.
He graduated from Sidney Central School with the Class of 1945.
Ernie married Virginia "Ginny" Ashton on May 13, 1950, in Sidney Center. They ran a dairy farm together in Sidney Center for more than 30 years. After retiring from farming, Ernie sold real estate for another 30 years.
He remained an active part of his community volunteering for the Office of the Aging and other community organizations.
Ernie was a longtime member of the Sidney Center United Methodist Church until it burned in October, 2009. Most recently, he was a founding member of the Sidney Center Friends and Family Church.
Ernie was a member of the Delaware County Electric Cooperative Board of Directors for 37 years serving as secretary, vice president and president of the board. He was also a tax assessor for the Town of Masonville for several years.
Ernie had a great love of music. He sang with the Vermont-based Yankee Male Chorus for 25 years, the Barnstormers, Delaware County Men's Choir, Midstatesmen Barbershop Chorus and in various church cantatas.
In addition to music, Ernie and Ginny enjoyed square and ballroom dancing. Ernie and Ginny were also longtime members of the Leatherstocking J's camping club. Recently, he was a member of the Tri-County Squares.
Ernie is survived by his children, Dan (Laura) and Tim (Michelle). He is also survived by grandchildren, Ryan (Sarah) Bartz, Nathan (Heather) Bartz, Justin Bartz, Jacob (Breanna) Bartz, Emily (Joshua) Hutchinson and Naomi (Jared) Sittig; and his great-grandsons, Hudson Bartz, Asher Bartz and Simeon Bartz. He is also survived by "sister" Lucy (Robert) Ingalls; brother-in-law, Dusty (Tina) Ashton; and sisters-in-law, Maxine Bartz and Betsy Bartz. Also surviving are several cousins, nieces, nephews and friend, Paula.
Ernie was predeceased by his wife, Ginny of 62 years; son, Stephen Bartz; brothers, James Bartz and Harold Bartz; and sisters-in-law, Hazel (Herbert) Hoy and Betty (Stewart) Wilcox.
Calling hours will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, July 28, at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney. A funeral service will be held at the Sidney United Methodist Church, 12 Liberty St,. Sidney, at 11 a.m., Monday, July 29, with graveside services in Highland Cemetery, Sidney Center beginning at 2 p.m.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Sidney Center Friends and Family Church, Delaware Valley Humane Society or an emergency squad of one's choice.
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Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.
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Larry Anderson
Jul 28, 2019
Tim and Family. We are saddened to hear of your dad, Ernie's passing. I met your dad at least 50 years ago when he had the dairy farm. Now that we have a second home now in Sidney Center, it was always a treat running into him around town or at the depot. May he rest in peace.

The Anderson Family
Tom and Jo Ann Kaufman
Jul 25, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss. We both knew Ernie a long time, in farming and in music. He was a one-of-a-kind special guy. Please accept our condolences.
Tom & Jo Ann Kaufman