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Lorene Ann Barta (1929-2023)

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Lorene Ann Barta, 93, passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2023, in Ellsworth. She was born April 29, 1929, in Ellsworth County to John A. and Emma (Kyler) Svoboda. She was a lifetime resident of Ellsworth County, working for over 30 years at Ellsworth Memorial Hospital as a secretary in admissions.

She married Kenneth Ray Barta in Ellsworth on Oct. 14, 1947. She was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church and the church’s Altar Society, as well as the Ellsworth VFW Post 6485 Auxiliary and many card clubs.

Lorene is survived by her son Gary Barta of Ellsworth; daughter Cathy Soukup (Jerry) of Ellsworth; daughter-in-law Ellen Fulton Barta of Virginia Beach, Va.; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Kenneth; son Larry Barta; grandsons Matthew and Ty Lawrence Barta; and sister Velma Paull.

A graveside memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Bernard’s Catholic Church or Ellsworth County Cancer Fund, c/o, Parsons Funeral Home, P.O. Box 45, Ellsworth, KS 67439. Condolences may be left at