Ronald A. Bartizek

LAKEVILLE — Ronald A. Bartizek, 72, of Dallas, Pa., died Sept. 6, 2019,  in Dallas. The cause of death was complications of multiple myeloma, a blood cancer, which was diagnosed in 2010.

Ron was born Aug. 16, 1947, in Willimantic, Conn., the son of the late Phyllis (Hoxie) and Albert Bartizek. At that time, the family lived in Lebanon, where both the Hoxie and Bartizek families had been engaged in farming. He was a 1965 graduate of Windham High School and attended the University of Connecticut at Storrs and Northwood Institute in Midland, Mich.

During a 38-year career in newspapers, Ron held various positions, including five years at The Lakeville Journal, where he was advertising director and assistant publisher. He liked to refer to the experience of working under Publisher Robert Estabrook as his master’s degree in journalism. 

Inspired by his experience at The Journal, Ron and his wife, Charlotte (Senk) Bartizek, purchased and operated The Dallas Post and The Abington Journal weekly newspapers from 1988 through 2000, selling the weekly papers to the Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Times Leader in 2000.

In addition to Charlotte (Senk) Bartizek, his wife of 40 years, Ron is survived by their children, daughter Kathryn Bartizek of Harrisburg, Pa.,  son Carl Bartizek of San Diego, Calif., and son Mark Bartizek of Omaha, Neb.; his brother, Brian, and sister-in-law, Cora Bartizek, of South Windham, Conn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, Ron would be honored by donations to the cancer-fighting or support organization of your choice. His remains will be interred in the New Lebanon Cemetery in Lebanon, Conn. A celebration of his life was held in Pennsylvania.