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Published: Wednesday, 12/21/2005

Doctor delivered 2,500 babies

TIPTON, Mich. - Dr. Anthony H. Bartolo, 76, a retired obstetrician and gynecologist who was a former president of the Monroe County Medical Society, died Sunday in his home here. The family did not know the cause of death.

Dr. Bartolo had an obstetrical and gynecological practice in Monroe from 1967 until 1993, when he moved his practice to Tecumseh, Mich. There, he worked for Health Specialists of Lenawee until retiring in 2001.

He was president of the Monroe County Medical Society in 1973.

Dr. Bartolo was also on the staff of Mercy Memorial Hospital, Monroe, from 1967 until 1992.

Over the years, he delivered more than 2,500 babies, including a set of triplets in 1984 at Mercy Memorial Hospital, his daughter Bettina Pearch said.

"His profession was very important to him," his daughter Helen Luther said. "He was a very dedicated physician, very loyal and loving to his patients."

During the blizzard of 1978, he remained at the hospital for five days rather than risk not being able to get back to his patients, she said.

A native of Valletta, Malta, Dr. Bartolo graduated in 1954 from Milan University Medical College in Milan, Italy, and a year later moved to the United States. He had his medical internship at Woman's Hospital, Detroit, in 1955 and 1956.

He had his residency at Mercy Hospital, Toledo, from 1957 until 1959 and was later a major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in Germany and Italy from 1960 until his honorable discharge in 1965.

Dr. Bartolo was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Tecumseh.

In retirement, Dr. Bartolo enjoyed gardening and fishing.

He married Ghislaine Pieters in 1956. She died in 2003.

Surviving are his son, Michael Bartolo; daughters, Helen Luther, Denise Shelle, Bettina Pearch, and Monique De Leon, and 12 grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Tecumseh, where visitation will take place after 4 p.m. today and after 10 a.m. tomorrow. A Scripture service will be held at 7:30 tonight at the church. Arrangements are by the Purse Funeral Home, Adrian.

The family suggests tributes to Herrick Manor of Tecumseh or a charity of the donor's choice.

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