Susan Marie Bartelt

November 25, 1963 - February 15, 2023
Susan Marie Bartelt

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Susan Marie Bartelt, 59, a resident of Vanceboro, NC passed away at her home early Wednesday morning surrounded by her family.

A visitation will be held at Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service on Saturday, February 18, 2023, at 6:00-7:00pm, with the Memorial Service immediately afterward, from 7:00-8:00pm.

Susan is preceded in death by her father, Michael Hoherchak, and her mother, Leona Hoherchak. She is survived by her husband John Bartelt; a daughter, Brandi Bartelt and partner, Billy Walker; a sister, Carol Munley and husband Jerry Sr; a brother, Michael Hoherchak, Jr. and wife Patty; a brother, Paul Hoherchak and wife Debbie; a brother-In-law: Fred Bartelt and wife Carla; a granddaughter, Caroline Walker; a grandson, Billy Walker, Jr.; three nieces, Michele Munley and husband, Mark Schrum, Alyssa Bartelt, Hailey Wolf and husband Michael; two nephews: Michael Hoherchak, III, Jerry Munley, Jr.; a great-nephew: Levi Munley; a great-niece: Amelia Wolf, and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins. Susan was born November 25, 1963, to the late Michael and Leona Hoherchak in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Jim Thorpe Area High School and Carbon County Vocational Technical School in 1982, majoring in The Commercial Arts, and was accepted at Julliard School of Theater for her exceptional singing voice and style.

In 1983 Susan married her high school sweetheart, John Bartelt, and that year they purchased the now famous ‘Sunrise Diner’ that was in the historical district of Jim Thorpe, PA. Their daughter, Brandi Bartelt was born in 1995. Susan treasured her stay-at-home time as a loving mother. The family relocated to several locations for John’s employment. They moved to Hamburg, PA., Harrisburg, PA., to Wilmington, NC., Bath, NC., Clayton, NC., and to Washington NC., Chocowinity, NC., New Bern, NC., Cove City, NC., and currently resides in Vanceboro, NC., while Brandi and her family reside in Washington, NC.

During these moves Susan expanded her working career as Lead Cake Decorator at Sam’s Club, Wilmington, NC., that motivated her to open her own specialty wedding cake business, Ann Marie’s Cakes.

While living on the Lane Farm in Cove City, she had a passion for rehabilitation of orphaned possums and racoons. Raising them to be released back into the wild. She always had a love for catch-and-release fishing. John was never surprised to find her down by the water.

Her life’s passions quickly changed with the birth of her two grandchildren: Caroline (6 years old) and Junior (4 years old). They became the joy of her life. She shared her love for arts & crafts, baking, animals, and the outdoors, always teaching them as much as she could.

Sadly, the fun times slowed because she developed chronic kidney disease to include home dialysis treatment for seven years. January of 2022 she was hospitalized for Covid-19 pneumonia lung failure and after her 13-month fight, she went in peace to be with the Lord.

She is loved and will be heartfully missed.

Flowers are welcome or the family is accepting donations toward the future education of Susan’s beloved grandchildren that can be made by CLICKING HERE

Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service is honored to assist the Bartelt family.

Celebration of Life

Saturday, February 18, 2023
7:00 PM

Joseph B. Paul, Jr. Funeral Service - Directions
4500 US Highway 264 East
Washington, NC 27889

Visiting Hours

Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service - Directions
4500 US Hwy 264 E. Washington NC 27889
  • Saturday, February 18, 2023
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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  • February 21, 2023
    Phil Ricci says:
    John, my condolences to you and your family.

  • February 18, 2023
    Debra Hawkins lit a candle:
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  • February 18, 2023
    Debra Hawkins says:
    Brandi and John, I am so very sorry to hear about Susan. Praying for the family now and in the days and months to come. Hold tight to the memories!

  • February 18, 2023
    Robert Brady says:
    I would like to extend my condolences to John and his family on Sue’ s passing.

  • February 17, 2023
    Jodie Long says:
    I’m so Very sorry for your loss, I went to school with Sue ...♥️🙏🏼♥️🙏🏼♥️🙏🏼♥️

  • February 17, 2023
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  • February 17, 2023
    Tina Walker says:
    Susan will definitely be missed by all who knew her, but especially by Caroline and Junior. Her suffering has ended and she is above watching over all of us. Pest easy Susan

  • February 17, 2023
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  • February 17, 2023
    Betsy and Ron says:
    Susan, may you fly high and sing with angels. You will be dearly missed 💔 😥

  • February 17, 2023
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  • February 16, 2023
    Chrissy Kibler says:
    Rest in Peace Sue Remembering the good times we had .

  • February 16, 2023
    Suzie McLean says:
    Sending our deepest sympathies to the Bartelt and Hoherchack families. May Susan now be at peace with our Lord. Prayers for strength and comfort for all her loved ones. Suzie McLean and Family

  • February 16, 2023
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  • February 16, 2023
    Julie Ayers says:
    John and Brandi I’m so sorry yo hear about Susan she was such a sweet loving and kind woman I can only imagine the love she poured on those beautiful grandkids and how much they will miss her We are sending prayers

  • February 16, 2023
    Lynn Fontana says:
    I met Susan my first day in the Bakery at Sams Club in Wilmington. N.C. Loved her from the start! She encouraged me to get faster in decorating! And I did, She had such a sweet spirit and made me laugh a lot,I will miss her but will see her again!

  • February 16, 2023
    Kelly Gaston says:
    I will treasure the fun times and countless memories Susan and I made together. Dancing, singing, cross country skiing, fishing, playing Yahtzee and eating bologna and cheese sandwiches. Nights at Mt. Pisgah hotel. spending time with her parents and Johns mom. Thanks for the memories my old friend, rest easy. Prayers and love sent to all. Kelly