John S. Bartkowski

John S. Bartkowski, 89 passed away at his home on July 6, 2017. Born in Amsterdam, NY on March 6, 1928, he was the son of William and Mary Bartkowski. He graduated from Wilbur H. Lynch High School in 1946.

John worked at Knolls Atomic Power Lab in Niskayuna for seven years and then transferred to the Kesselring Site in West Milton. He worked as a dosimetry technician, retiring in 1988.

He was a member of St. John’s Society in Amsterdam and the GE Quarter Century Club. John was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa. In his younger years, he played softball in Amsterdam’s Twi Lite League for the Polish American Vets. He enjoyed traveling, skiing, hiking, fishing and gardening. His greatest joy was the time he spent with his family.

John was predeceased by his wife Charlotte, and his sisters Lottie Tuchorski, Winifred Gustas, Clara Krupa and Irene Kartner. He is survived by his daughter Sandra Hammond (Mark); granddaughter, Ashley Hammond and her fiancé Brendan; grandson Stephen Hammond; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Wednesday, July 12 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St John’s Cemetery, Amsterdam. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, July 11 from 5pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of John to St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Guest Book

Robert Pawlak

Sandra, Ashley & Stephen, So sorry to hear of the passing of John. Please accept my sincere condolences. Many times he called The Polka Magic Show to shower his family with dedications. He loved you dearly. He brought us veggies from the garden. Such a nice man. Cherish all the good times. He surely will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and family. Sincerely, Bob Pawlak.

Jody Wheeler

Dear Sandy, Ashley and family,

I'm so sad to hear the news. John was such a good friend to me when I was back and forth from the "Big Brown House" during my mom's illness. His tomatoes were the best. My thoughts are with you at this time. He was so proud of you all.


John and Barbara Ebeling

Mark and Sandy, We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Cindy and Paul

Sandy and family we are so sorry for your loss. May it be comforting to know he is together again with your Mom. Peace and love to you all.

Joan Campbell

Sandy, Mark & kids, I'm so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I pray he had a safe journey. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Craig Spaulding

Our thoughts and prayers are with Sandy and her family during this difficult time. Only the best memories of Mr. John, while living on Pinewood Lane. Fly high !!

Condolences from The Spaulding Family.

Lori Broen

Sandy, I am saddened to hear of your dad's passing. My heart is breaking with yours and your family's. Sending my love and heartfelt condolences. May the Lord Jesus be the healing savve to your hurting heart. Love you, "Brownie" Class of 79.

Kathy Pastore-Jordan


So very sorry for your loss. Thoughts & prayers go out to you and your family at this most difficult time.

Kathy Pastore-Jordan