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Susan Marie Barta, loyal wife, loving mother and grandmother, tireless caretaker and generous angel, died on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at the age of 71 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

She spent nearly her entire life taking care of others. No woman ever cared more about the well-being of her husband, her family and her friends. She made too many perfect coffee cakes and batches of cookies to count. Every gift she ever gave was full of thought and meaning and no one who ever saw it could forget her sweet, beaming smile. She also dedicated her time and herself to supporting Cancer Services of Midland and her church community.

She was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Mary, her sister Mary Lou, and her niece Donna. She is survived by her husband Ray, her three children Nancy (Bart) Shrode, Karen (Erick) Castro, and Steve (Angie) Barta, nine grandchildren, 7 brothers and sisters and their families, and 8 brothers and sisters-in-law and their families.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church with Fr. Joe Griffin officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Smith-Miner Funeral Home on Friday, December 13, 2019 with a vigil service commencing at 6:30 pm and at the church on Saturday from 9:00 am until the time of service. Burial will take place a New Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heartland Hospice or Cancer Services of Midland.

Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Barta family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.

 

Condolence Messages

  1. Kerri Barta and Jason Yolkiewicz

    15 December 2019 10 months ago

    Our thoughts are with you all during this difficult time. Sending big hugs & lots of love🌹🌹🌹

  2. Denis Veneziano

    14 December 2019 10 months ago

    My sincere condolences and prayers to uncle Ray and the whole family. The memory of aunt Sue will live dearly in my heart. Prayers for her soul.

  3. Denis Veneziano

    14 December 2019 10 months ago

    My sincere condolences and prayers to uncle Ray and the rest of the family for your loss. It’s been a blessing having met aunt Sue and the memory of her will remain dearly in my heart. Prayers for her soul.

  4. Carol Zombeck

    13 December 2019 10 months ago

    Ray,
    Our hearts go out to you and your family in your time of loss. I had the pleasure of working with Sue on Christian Service Commission and she was always thinking of what could be done for others. She was a blessing in my life and I am certain in the lives of so many others. Our prayers are with you. Alan and Carol Zombeck

  5. Betty (Kersjes) and Don Spitler

    13 December 2019 10 months ago

    Dear Ray and Family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We will keep Sue and all of you in our prayers.

  6. Cherie' Chateauneuf

    12 December 2019 10 months ago

    Barta Family – Very sorry for your loss – my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  7. K.Maureen Woodhams Poe

    12 December 2019 10 months ago

    Ray and Family,
    I know you have sent many prayers our way and now I will send prayers your way. What a beautiful smile she had and sparkling blue eyes. We will be thinking of you in California.

  8. colleen l goschka

    11 December 2019 10 months ago

    Dear Ray, Sue had to be one amazing gal if you picked her. So sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers for everyone who loved her.

  9. Anonymous

    11 December 2019 10 months ago

    jill and I are thinking of your family at this time, mike and jill dwyer

  10. Kevin Bur

    11 December 2019 10 months ago

    Ray,
    We were very sad to hear about Sue’s passing. We will remember Sue, you and your family in our thoughts and prayers and at Sunday Mass.
    May God Bless you Ray.🙏🏻✝️
    Kevin and Debbie Bur

  11. Barbara Haruska

    11 December 2019 10 months ago

    My sincere condolences to Ray and all the family with the loss of Sue. She was a very courageous lady and she will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. May she rest in the arms of the angels,

  12. Rhonda kaufman

    11 December 2019 10 months ago

    Ray and family, sorry for your loss. I enjoyed our many visits while I was doing her nails. She will be missed.

  13. Maria and Rob Christy

    10 December 2019 10 months ago

    It was an honor to be her neighbor and friend.

  14. Vicki Sipp

    10 December 2019 10 months ago

    There could not have been a more giving person. Our deepest sympathies.
    Vicki & Dick Sipp

  15. Kristine Heim

    10 December 2019 10 months ago

    Ray and Family,
    I remember Sue’s quiet and loving demeanor and am thinking of you in your time of loss. Hugs to all.
    Kristine Barta Heim

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