Vail Daily letter: Thanks for your support |

Vail Daily letter: Thanks for your support

Dear Vail Valley:

There is snow in the valley, but for what could have been Tony Bartell’s 31st year in the Vail Valley, he is in his first hometown, Wayland, Mich.

Tony, owner of Field of Streams Realty, suffered a major stroke June 28 while fishing the Green River in Utah. He was found unconscious and was airlifted to Salt Lake City University Hospital. He was there for six weeks, and is paralyzed on his right side. His speech was also affected, but his memory and vision are fine.

We flew him back to Wayland, and he is currently in a care facility. Through these past months there, he had five medical setbacks, but he endured and is now in good health.

Our next step for rehab is major physical work and speech therapy. This may take six more months to a year.

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Tony wishes to thank everyone for the cards, letters and prayers. The family would like to thank all who helped us in this — too many to name, but we know, and will remember.

Sadly, Tony’s companion of 14 years — Jenny, his hunting dog — passed away July 1. Dakota Mae, the other dog, was so lost after losing Tony and Jenny.

At this time we would like to thank Dr. Charles Meynier, your veterinarian in Eagle-Vail, who took care of Tony, his dogs and the trailer. Also, Joe Ames, a dog breeder in Denver, who is taking care of Dakota Mae until Tony can take her back. Thank you again.

If you wish to contact Tony, his sister’s email address is

Best regards from Tony and his family!

Imelda Bartell

Tony’s mom

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