“Nothing like us
ever was.” --Carl Sandburg, "Four Preludes on the Playthings of the Wind"
Bartholomew, 68, passed away in the late evening of Sunday, June 18, 2017,
in Michigan City, Indiana.
Michael was born on
February 13, 1949, in Valparaiso, Indiana, to Irene (Berkowski) and Charles
He grew up in town
and graduated the local high school as part of the class of 1967. He went on
to attend Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, and graduated with a
degree in Physics (1971). There he worked for the college radio station,
WNDY-FM. Mike then went on to earn his MFA in Journalism (1973) at the
University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. There he was able to
obtain permission from author Isaac Asimov for his thesis: “Cognitive
Effects from Using Analogies to Communicate Physics to Audiences in
After college, Mike
returned to Valparaiso and got a job at a radio station in Crown Point, WFLM.
While working at WJOB-AM in Hammond, Indiana, Mike met Penny Nelson. They
got engaged in 1978, and the two were married in 1979.
Mike moved to
Wheeling, IL, in 1980 and secured a job at WXLC-FM in Waukegan, IL. While in
Wheeling, the couple welcomed their three children: Mary (1983), Joseph
(1985), and Robert (1989).
In 1998, Mike moved
the family to Chesterton, IN. He had gotten a job at WIMS-AM in Michigan
City, IN. After the station closed down, Mike went to work for the Post
Tribune. He was known for doing all the “oddball” stories; from ghost hunts
to local LARPS. Mike also lent his voice to do the Kankakee Historical
Society for various projects. He also self published “The Sleigh Elf’s
Daughter” in 2007.
Mike retired in
2011 from Journalism. He moved into a care facility shortly afterwards.
There, he collected the poems he had written over the years and self
published “Up the Road from Tassinong”. He enjoyed going on walks, to
church, and the movies.
Mike is preceded in
death by his parents, wife of 34 years, Penny Nelson Bartholomew (2002) and
his sister Robin Dale Bartholomew (2014). He is survived by his siblings
Steve Bartholomew and John Bartholomew. By his children Mary, Joseph, and
Visitation will be
held on Monday June 26, from 4-6 p.m. at the Bartholomew Funeral Home, 102
Monroe Street, Valparaiso.
will be held Tuesday, June 27, at 1 p.m., at Bartholomew Funeral Home.
Pastor Howard Seel will be officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Park
Cemetery in Valparaiso.
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