Elias P. Bartkow

elias bartkow

February 23, 1940 ~ August 23, 2019

Bartkow, Elias, P. "Sonny", age 79, of Ridgefield Park, on August 23, 2019.

Survived by his longtime companion, Shirley Villareal. Also survived by two daughters, Bonnie Dorsey and Stephanie, and Shirley's children who he loved as his own. Also survived by eight grandchildren.

Sonny worked at the Probation Division of Bergen County for 25 years, where he nurtured many friendships and was adored by everyone. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, and scratching off instant lottery tickets. He faced a number of challenges throughout his life, and confronted them all with courage, acceptance, and a smile. He was a true inspiration.

While this world will miss Sonny, his love for his family and friends will always endure.

The family will receive their friends on Monday 4:00 – 8:00 pm at the Frank A. Patti and Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home 327 Main Street “opposite the Fort Lee Library”. Prayer Service to follow at 7:30 PM.


Prayer Service: August 26, 2019 7:30 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Visitation at Funeral Home: August 26, 2019 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

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  1. My deepest condolences. Sonny was truly a beautiful soul and will be missed. I loved seeing him at work and truly missed him when he wasn’t there with his radiant smile and laugh. I am praying for the Family.

  2. Shirley and all of Sonny's family,

    I want to offer my sincere condolences on your loss. He was always a friendly, kind man whenever we met and had the chance to talk. May your memories of him be good ones.

  3. I knew Sonny from the lower East Side of Manhattan. He was friends with my dad, Johnnie Baron. Sonny used to fish a lot, with my dad and others. The last time i saw Sonny was at the Sgt Jos. Lopacki VFW Post on 7th st. in ManhattaN.
    My dad had a boat in Sheephead Bay and I remember Sonny brought the girls fishing once. I was a kid too
    Rest in peace.

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