Mary T. Barta (1934-2018)

Mary T. Barta passed away Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 at the Great Bend Regional Hospital in Great Bend, Kan. at the age of 83. She was born on Aug. 19, 1934 on the family farm in Ellsworth County, Kan. near Wilson, to the late Emil and Rose (Mattas) Podlena. She lived in numerous Kansas towns, but spent most of her life in Great Bend. Although she graduated from Brown Mackie School of Business, she devoted her life to family and friends.

On Oct. 18, 1954 Mary was united in marriage to Clarence Barta at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Wilson. Her Catholic faith was one of her greatest passions. Born without a middle name, she took the name “Theresa” at her confirmation, and used the initial “T” her entire life. She faithfully attended St. Patrick Catholic Church in Great Bend and was a member of the Altar Society.

Mary is survived by her husband, Clarence Barta, of the home in Great Bend; son, Randy Barta and wife Kayla, of Overland Park; daughter, Cindy McQuade and husband Tim, of Hoisington; grandsons, Mike Barta of Lenexa, Ryan McQuade of Hays, and Mark Barta of Mission; granddaughter, Holly Simpson of Topeka; great-grandson, Chace Barta; great-granddaughter, Charlotte Rose Barta; and sisters, Emily Zorn of Hoisington, Anne Ehrlich of Haven, and Sister Loretta Podlena of Great Bend.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Rose Podlena, brother, Bill Podlena, and sister, Helen Soukup.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Feb. 24, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Wilson. Burial followed in the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the St. Wenceslaus Cemetery Fund or St. Patrick Altar Society and may be sent in care of Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home, PO Box 533, Wilson, Kan. 67490.

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