Joan L. Bartels, 71

Joan L. Bartels, 71, of Selbyville, Del., formerly of Westminster, Md., passed away on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Pasadena, Md., after a five-year journey with cancer. She was born in Baltimore, Md., on Oct. 15, 1947, daughter of the late Joseph and Mabel Hlafka.

Bartels was an extremely loving and supportive wife, mother and friend. She became a registered nurse, serving as a labor-and-delivery nurse and supporting women’s health at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore for 25 years, and also at Beebe hospital in Lewes, Del., for 10 years before retiring in 2012.

Bartels was a faithful member and volunteer at St. Ann Catholic Church in Bethany Beach, Del. She enjoyed going to the beach, gardening, doing puzzles and anything chocolate. Her true love was spending time with her family — especially her grandchildren, as her world seemed to revolve around them. She was always looking forward to the next visit from friends and family. Her laughter was contagious.

Bartels is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Wilbur C. Bartels, a retired Baltimore City police officer; two daughters, Laura Goldsborough and her husband, Scott, of Western Springs, Ill., and Heather Bartels and her partner, Chris Clark, of Jamaica, Vt.; two grandchildren, Nathen Goldsborough and Ruby Hallenbeck; two sisters, Mary Russell and her husband, Jay, of Columbia, Md., and Betty Annulis and her husband, Tom, of Arbutus, Md.; a brother, Steve Hlafka and his wife, Paulette, of Eldersburg, Md.; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

A visitation and prayer service were to be held Dec. 1, 2018, at Melson Funeral Services in Ocean View, Del. Interment was to be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance at Condolences may be sent online at