Ilene Bartels 1938-2020

Ilene Bartels 1938-2020

Ilene Alice Bartels, 81, of Holton, passed away Sunday, July 12, 2020, at Midland Hospice House in Topeka.

She was born July 14, 1938, in Washington, the daughter of Frank Leslie and Elva F. (Roberts) Borden.

Ilene graduated from Washington High School. She received her Registered Nurse diploma from St. Mary’s of the Plains at Stormont Vail.

She worked all levels of nursing in many counties in Kansas as well as Nebraska to include Jackson County Nursing Home, Merry Manor in Holton and Atchison Medicalodge.

She married Arthur H. Bartels on June 30, 1968, in Wymore, Neb. They celebrated more than 45 years of marriage before he died on Oct. 8, 2013. She was also preceded in death by her parents and an infant sister.

Ilene enjoyed contributing to the activities at the Jackson County Senior Center in Holton. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Holton, and was a previous member of the United Methodist Women.

She is survived by two children, Vickie Bartels of Holton and Leslie Bartels (Gwenn) of Holton; one brother, Frank Borden Jr. (Sandy) of Superior, Neb.; and two granddaughters, Adalyn and Amelia Bartels.

Memorial graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 16 with a brief viewing at 10:45 a.m. at the Joy Creek Cemetery in Washington. A visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 15 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Care Hospice or Wounded Warrior Project, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special message for the family, please visit


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Holton, KS 66436
Phone: 785-364-3141

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