Through a teacher’s encouragement, John started singing publicly at 10 and never stopped. He and his brothers formed The Bartel Brothers Quartet, accompanied by their sister Betty. He sang on the radio, directed Sunday school and church choirs, and for 19 years, led the Niagara Community Male Chorus. He was committed to singing for the sake of the gospel. To provide for his beloved family, John did milk delivery, lumberyard work, farming, carpentry, and flooring installation. His last position was much-loved maintenance worker at Tabor Manor, St. Catharines. Whether he was working or singing, John’s joy was infectious. Tina faithfully cared for John as Alzheimer’s took its toll, their loving bond greater than the disease.