Antonio Thomas Bartlett

Antonio Thomas Bartlett

Antonio Thomas Bartlett was born on April 9, 2010, in Omaha, NE. He found his mother, Melanie, a few months later at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. Melanie fostered sweet Antonio for fifteen months until formally adopting him on December 20, 2011. He was her perfect Christmas gift.

Antonio was love in the flesh and gave to all who would receive. Among those blessed to love him was his sister, Brooklynn. Antonio and Brooklynn adored each other. She involved him in everything she did and gave him the beloved nickname, “Bubby.” Antonio’s face would light up at the sound of Brooklynn’s voice. She was his protector, once scolding Melanie for allowing him to watch The Land Before Time as it showed a fire, too scary for her Bubby. Once Brooklynn had the opportunity to hold her brother, she would often refuse to give him back. Brooklynn read to Antonio, helped him with art projects and became lovingly involved in his care as his health declined. No brother is more reverenced.

Antonio captured the hearts of nurses, therapists and doctors his whole life. Along with his crooked smile, chubby cheeks, curly hair and eyelashes for days, no one could ignore his sweet spirit. They would often linger with Antonio to rub his sweet head and hold his hand. It took a medical village to care for this boy, and his mother ensured he only had the best.

Antonio was able to experience a lot of life in his almost twelve years. Among those experiences were swimming in the ocean and putting his sweet feet in the Florida sand, rolling through the mountains of Colorado, listening to the waterfalls of Utah, feeding giraffes at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and reaching into the water to receive high fives from the stingrays at Henry Doorly. He is known for his epic birthday parties, and his passing brought tears to the eyes of the bakers of his famous cakes. Antonio had a quiet strength, and he worked so hard for the smallest of movements. He was a miracle boy and taught us so many lessons without ever saying a word.

Few have experienced a bond like the one between Antonio and his mother. Melanie knew Antonio was heaven-sent to her the second she saw him. She was the fiercest advocate and strongest voice for her boy. She spent countless hours reading and singing to him during his daily treatments. He was never more at home than when he was in her arms. For the last 24 hours of his life, Melanie held Antonio, and it was from her arms that he left this earthly life on March 30, 2022. How empty those arms are now.

Antonio was preceded in death by his grandfather, Thomas E. Bartlett, II; sisters, Nevaeh and Mariah. Antonio is survived by his mother, Melanie Bartlett; grandmother, Leslee Bartlett; sister, Brooklynn; aunts: Tera, Emily, Michelle and Anne; uncles: Tommy, Jason, Mike and Craig; grandma, Deena Candler; great grandmother, Berta Perkins, and many other aunts, uncles and precious cousins.

Visitation: Thursday, April 7, 2020, from 5:00-8:00PM at West Center Chapel,

Funeral Service: Friday, April 8, 2022, 11:00AM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 11027 Martha Street, Omaha, Nebraska.

Antonio will be interred next to his Grandpa at Westlawn Hillcrest Memorial Park in Omaha.

To view a live broadcast of the service, please go to and click the “View Live Cast” button on the he page.


  • Kriss Claussen Posted April 2, 2022 6:51 pm

    I am so sorry about Antonio’s passing. I believe Antonio lived more meaningful, quality, precious days in his short eleven years than most people do in a century. He was blessed to be a member of your incredible, loving family just as he was a blessing to you all. His beautiful spirit attracted many a friend, family member and healthcare worker. We can all feel happy knowing he is with his Heavenly Father. Peace be with you all in remembering this special boy.

  • Greenquist Family Posted April 2, 2022 11:15 pm

    We love you, Bartlett family. Antonio taught us so much. He is missed. God bless you.

  • Julie A Ram Posted April 3, 2022 7:21 am

    So sorry for your loss! He will be missed forever. He is always in your heart. He was an amazing young boy. He will always be your guardian angel. You are an amazing mom, always have been. Prayers to you all!

  • Sara Keiser Posted April 3, 2022 10:10 am

    My heart goes out to you and your family for your loss. But I rejoice for Antonio, for where he is and the young man he became with such a wonderful mother.

  • Carey Lynn Charlton Posted April 4, 2022 4:03 am

    Melanie, my heart is with you during this incredibly hard moment. My thoughts and prayers are of you, and for hoping you find peace. I will cherish Antonio’s memory always as “one of my kiddos”.

    Carey, RT

  • Andrea Jevne Posted April 4, 2022 7:04 am

    We are very sorry for your loss! He indeed had a beautiful spirit and touched many lives! We pray for comfort for you and your family 💕.
    Until we meet him again…

  • Brandon and Tiffany Verzal Posted April 4, 2022 6:02 pm

    Thank you for allowing us to be one of Antonio’s friends- and part of his fan club. Melanie, you are an amazing mom- and as much as you write about Antonio and his many abilities to touch people’s lives- you equally have done the same. Brooklyn, what a gift you were to your brother- and the rest of your family. I know you made Antonio happy every day. We are thinking of you all and wishing you peace and comfort.

  • Nicole Coulter Posted April 4, 2022 10:54 pm

    Beautiful tribute! I sorry for your loss.

  • Brad and Cindy Matton Posted April 5, 2022 9:03 pm

    So sorry. Our humble thoughts and prayers to you.

  • BRUCE D LOUTHAN JR Posted April 5, 2022 9:27 pm

    Your family loves with a bond that is chosen and cherished so viscerally that we all felt it. Its indescribable and yet absolutely unmistakable and wonderful. Thank you for your light. Thank you for showing us all how it is done. May God continue with you. We love you.

  • Brad Posted April 6, 2022 6:31 am

    I am so sorry for you and your entire family. The loss of Antonio is so heartbreaking and leads one to question why? His life though way too brief brought happiness, joy and laughter to so many. His spirit will live forever in the lives of those he touched and heaven has certainly just received another angel. May you find comfort knowing he is with God and Grandpa, and you will see him again one day! Brad

  • Brad McDonnell Posted April 6, 2022 8:21 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of Antonio and the grief you and your entire family are feeling right now. I’m confident Antonio is watching over you with his grandpa. His spirit will live through those that remain and remember the joy he brought to so many.

  • Katherine Wilson Posted April 6, 2022 3:06 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this hard time. I love you and weep with you.

  • Dominic Black Posted April 7, 2022 2:08 am

    He was an old soul with a child’s perfect smile. I look forward to reuniting with him and finally hearing his wonderful voice.

  • Bethany Posted December 17, 2022 10:52 am

    Antonio was the highlight of my safe with you training today, I am in tears. He loves you dearly and is watching over you Melanie! Xoxo

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