In Memory of Alice Bartelt

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We recently lost a beloved friend, longtime WashCo Dem volunteer and parlamentarian, Alice Bartelt.

From her obituary:

Alice was born in Virginia in 1947.  She moved to Portland with her husband in 1970, where they raised their family, and where Alice put into earnest action her passion for supporting organizations dedicated to women’s rights. She earned a law degree from Lewis & Clark College in 1981 and went to work for the State Accident Insurance Fund (SAIF Corporation) for 25 years.

She happily served AAUW at the local and national levels since 1970 and has also been actively involved with the League of Women Voters, Zonta International, Naral Pro-Choice Oregon, Oregon Women Lawyers, Washington County Democrats, the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon, and the National/Oregon Association of Parliamentarians, among many others. Additional interests and pursuits included reading, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, Jeopardy!, and antiquing as well as attending/supporting local symphony and theater productions, including Broadway Rose and Bag&Baggage.

To the countless colleagues, associates, and friends she met through her volunteer activities, her passing leaves an enormous hole, the size of which far belies that which Alice’s physical stature occupied. She was always willing to step in to fill a need, to serve as a mentor to many, and to share her limitless knowledge of Robert’s Rules of Order and parliamentary procedures. Those who will miss her most have exalted her as kind, considerate, helpful, witty, brave, dedicated, passionate, patient, respectful, and, above all, generous. Above all else, she will be remembered for her lifelong dedication to furthering the rights of women locally, nationally, and globally.

Alice’s good friend and former WashCo Dems treasurer, Veronica Williams, says about her:

Her advice was stellar, her smile infectious, she was loyal and caring. Always stepping forward and ensuring that her actions matched her beliefs. A delightful sense of humor and a great traveling buddy. I will always remember our wonderful two week trip to Australia and New Zealand on a wine cruise ( thank you Paul for supporting her coming with me!). A roommate at my first Oregon Summit. Thrilled we squeezed in a lunch a few months ago. Oh, you will be missed. Rest in peace.

Alice’s Celebration of Life will be held from 4 to 7 pm at Ernesto’s Italian Restaurant, 8544 SW Apple Way, Portland, OR 97225. RSVPs are requested, but not required.

To read Alice’s full obituary and RSVP for her Celebration of Life, go here.