Nov. 19, 1948-- Aug. 3, 2017
Friends and family lost An Bartel to a heart attack. We were fortunate that Marjie Alkire was at her side when she passed away. An had been living in Silver City, NM for the past 13 years.
An was born at Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield, California, to Arno & Sally (Hale) Ligari. Her parents divorced when she was 2, and her mother remarried her 1st husband, Willie A. Bartel of Los Angeles. After Arno's death in 1957, she was adopted by Bill and took his last name. Her older sister, Evelyn, and An attended several local schools in Kern County, as well as Los Angeles, which encouraged & developed her outgoing nature. Pat Fields was lifelong friend who shared these Bakersfield times and it was Pat's parents, Bob and Anna Lee Fields, who were her godparents. She graduated from East High School in 1966, where she was friendly with so many wonderful people, but especially Karen Silva who became her lifelong friend.
After high school, An attended Stephens College in Missouri, where she received a B.A. in Journalism. It was there she met her other "sisters of another mother", Janet Stock, Vicki Curren, and Sherry Anderson. These women became her confidants and friends for most of her life. When An was offered a Public Relations job in Hawaii with Hilton Hotels, she answered the call of aloha. Hawaii was a time of many new friends, boyfriends, lots of concerts, a busy work schedule and no regrets.
In the late 70's, she moved to Los Angeles, California, to pursue an exciting career in Advertising. She worked as a Writer for a Beverly Hills ad agency and then as a Media Planner at another agency where she worked on the Nissan account. That's where she connected with Joan Golden & Sherrill Cooper, and they enjoyed escapades visiting the Playboy Mansion and other popular LA spots for media parties.
About the same time, one of her greatest friends, Janet (Stock) married Alan "Tigger" Borchandt, who lived in Newport Beach. An enjoyed weekends there and often got to see old friends Judy Pfliger, Debbie Kirkpatrick, Gayle Reynolds and Charlotte "Cher" Forman who came to visit.
In 1983, An moved to Bakersfield to be closer to her parents & family, starting a small newspaper targeting the oil industry. In late 1984 she left the hectic, fast life of Communications to start a new plant business appropriately called "Plant Parenthood". Designing and maintaining the interior plants for some of the best businesses and restaurants in Kern County were a joy to her and she had even more stories to tell than ever. Aiding and abetting her in the land of "Sun, Fun, Stay, & Play", were Rick and Jeanette Mossman, Danny Reed, Tony Reed, and Karen Hogue. After her nieces married, and her parents passed away, she decided to become a caretaker to an old friend and moved to Silver City, New Mexico in 2004. She loved this beautiful, romantic mining town and embraced the spirit of it by volunteering at the local food pantry, the library, and Single Socks.
Her family survivors include: Uncle John Kirk Hale & wife Dee; nieces Felecia Stanfill Thiersch, & her husband Ulli, of Ft. Worth,TX and Pati Stanfill Nolen, & her husband Bob, of Bakersfield. Her nephew, Will Thiersch was always special delight for her. Her cousins, Lynn Gann & husband Kenny Maness, Ralph Bartel & his children Emily & Ben, and Don Bartel made every family reunion special and every meeting a family reunion. An had many relatives in Bakersfield, but her cousin Dina Ligari, and her family, were especially kind over the years.
Friends or family who would like to make donations in her name should be made at An's request to either Single Socks of Silver City, NM or Planned Parenthood of America. In addition to being a progressive woman, An was well-respected and admired for her quick wit; loyalty to friends; her incomparable writing ability; her stories and above all, that voice. She changed the world for all who knew and loved her.
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Sept. 8, 2017