On June 14, 2022, Teena R. (Schmitt) Bartlett, age 60, of Evansville, IN, gained her heavenly wings. She had a long battle, and no matter how sick she was, she never gave up or stopped fighting.
Teena was born on June 7, 1962, in Evansville, IN, to William C. Schmitt and Joyce E. (Smith) Schmitt. She started taking ballet when she was 2 years old, and through the years, she studied many types of dance. In grade school, Teena played the flute, piccolo, and piano, played basketball, volleyball, cheer and dance, and baton, was on the Science Club, a member of White Gloves & Party Manners, modeled for DeJongs, JCPenny, and Sears, ran track, participated in gymnastics, choir, and thespians, part of U of E Gymnastics Team and Flip for Sight, and was the Reitz Mascot in ‘68, ‘69, and ‘70, where she cheered on her brother, Mike, in Sectionals, Regional and State. Teena was part of the Glee Club and Happy Kellems Showboat Revue; she won the National Piano auditions for 6 years in a row, was Tekoppel’s Mascot, part of the summer musical, "Hello Dolly," and participated in the talent shows for 9 years. In High School, she was in Sounds of Hills and Concert Choir, the choreographer of Hilltoppers and Panther Dancers, and participated in gymnastics, cheerleading, student council, thespians, musicals, Pep Club, and Mat Cats. Teena was on the Prom and Homecoming Committees, a member of the National Honor Society, School Nurse Assistant, and the Reunion Committee.
She graduated from Reitz High School in 1980. Teena received her Master’s Degree at Chicago National Association of Dance Masters (CNADM). Teena owned and operated Teena’s Dancers Dance Academy for over twenty years. She coached and sponsored a girls’ little league team for 5 years with her dad. "Teena Dancer's" won 1st place for 4 years, 2nd place for 1yr, and won city for 4 years. Dance and teaching was her life; unfortunately, after her car accident in 2000 and 3 surgeries later, she closed her studio in 2002. She later worked security at Meade Johnson, Bristol Myers, Old National Bank, Shoe Carnival, T.J. Maxx, Robert Stadium, Ford Center, and U.C. She was armed with a 9mm Glock, and at the shooting range, she was a 96% shooter. Teena was a member of St. James West United Methodist Church. She always said, "When Gene preaches, he speaks right to my heart, and I understand him".
Teena is survived by her loving daughter, Brittnee Bartlett (Justin Hoefling); son, Brent Bartlett (Ashley); grandchildren, Grayson and Grant Hoefling, Landyn Bartlett, and Michael, Mileigh, and Maddax Bartlett; brother, Leslie “Les” Schmitt; significant other, Jeremy McDaniel; former husband and friend, David Bartlett; nephew, Christopher MacKay (Jen); nieces, Jody Branson (Brian) and Jill Rasior (JB); and several cousins, great nieces and nephews.
Teena is preceded in death by her parents, William C. and Joyce Schmitt; brother, William Michael “Mike” Schmitt; and grandparents and family.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 24, 2022, at St. James West United Methodist Church, 3111 Hillcrest Terrace, Evansville, IN 47712 with Pastor Gene Backes officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park.
Friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 23,2022, at Boone Funeral Home East Chapel – A Family Tradition Funeral Home, 5330 Washington Avenue, Evansville, where the Eastern Star Sunbeam #1 will hold a brief Memorial Service at 5:00 p.m. There will also be a short time of visitation from 10:00 a.m. until time of service, Friday, June 24, 2022 at St. James West United Methodist Church.
Memorial Contributions may be made to St. James West UMC at 3111 Hillcrest Terrace, Evansville, IN 47712 the family to help defray final expenses.
Condolences may be made to the family online at boonefuneralhome.net