Francis “Fritz” Barta

September 27, 1928 - April 20, 2020

Francis (Fritz) Barta, 91, died on April 20th, 2020 at Central Health Care in LeCenter, Minnesota, his family at his side.


He was born on September 27th, 1928 to Frank and Mary Barta (Malecha) on their family farm East of Lonsdale, MN; attending and graduating from school there as well.


Fritz proudly served his nation as a radio operator in the Korean conflict, attaining the rank of Corporal.  Military service was important to Fritz and his seven brothers, with all eight of them serving our Nation in the Armed forces, ranging from World War II to Vietnam.  He often mentioned the tremendous stress that undoubtedly placed on his mother, Grandma Mary.  After being released from active duty, he married the love of his life, Dorothy Ann Vasko on October 30th, 1952 at Saint Wenceslaus Church in New Prague.  He then began his lifelong career, raising and milking Holstein dairy cows.  His care and attention to detail to his profession was well known and recognized in the local community.  That same attention to detail and care was passed on to his family.


Although Fritz certainly was all about business when it came to farming, he also knew how to have a good time.  Fishing was always a favorite, and he and Dorothy were able to retire and live for many years on Pearl Lake near Detroit Lakes, and spent many good years there with family and friends.  Many good years were also spent in Florida, spending winters near daughter Julie and family.  Along with traveling, card playing with family and friends was also a favorite activity.  Many can attest to his aggressive style of Euchre playing, often times going with what many would consider an extremely weak hand, however it seemed to work out for him more often than not.  He also always had a song in his heart, and loved to sing.


Fritz also provided us with countless other examples of a life well led, how to be a hardworking, contributing member of society.


Fritz is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy (Vasko); Children, Ron of New York, Cathy (Ken) Haase of Blue Earth, Duane (LaNae) of Belle Plaine, Julie (Randy) Soland of Florida, and Keith (DeLynn) of New Prague.  He was also blessed with nine Grandchildren and eleven Great-Grandchildren.   Fritz is survived by his siblings, Joe (Joan) of North Dakota, Tom (Loraine) of Jordan, Don of Brooklyn Center, Al (Lynn) of California and Mary (Larry) Trinka of Lonsdale; sisters-in-law, Kathy Barta of Richfield and Mary Barta of Oregon.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings, Hank, Stan, Rose, Dick, and Helen.


Services will be private with immediate family.



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Tammy Plonsky
4 months ago

Rest in peace my friend! I will miss your great sense of humor and great singing – that’s why you won the “Golden Throat” Award!!! God bless you all. Fritz will be truly very missed!!!

Sue Pan
4 months ago

Fritz was a true gentleman. My condolences to you Dorothy, and your family. Sue Pan (Aldi store manager).

Brenda Barta
4 months ago

Dorothy and family, I am sorry for your loss. No doubt Bob was on the “welcome home” committee. The picture you selected for the obituary is how I remember Fritz. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Lawrence Trnka
4 months ago

I’m really going to miss Fritz. we used to play cards just about every week and when we were leaving he was always thanking me for taking good care of his baby sister. my sympathy to the family and God bless you all. “Spanem Bohem” Fritz

Jerre Richter
4 months ago

My heart goes out to you, Dorothy. I know how hard it is to lose our spouse. Sending my love, thoughts and prayers your way.

Mary Trnka
4 months ago

Loved Playing PINOCHLE With Fritz and Dorothy. Will miss that very much and will miss him calling me his baby sister even though I am 77 years old. Lost a big part of our life. Rest in Peace!

Darlene Stier
4 months ago

Sorry to Hear about fritz passing. We had a lot of fun playing cards. GOOD MEMORIES

Lori & Randy Gardner
4 months ago

Sending our deepest sympathy to all of you at this time of loss. ❤️

4 months ago

I so enjoyed getting to know fritz and listening to his stories and sharing his love of his family. I will miss his Czech conversations that he had with other residents that he was so proud of. I will miss his singing. I will just plain miss him.

Donna ( Prokes) Stresnak
4 months ago

Dorothy and family, Wishing you my sincere sympathy. Thinking of the many picnics at the lake when we were all much younger.

Sue Scullin
4 months ago

I’m so sorry for your families loss. Fritz was very proud of his family and loved Dorothy tremendously. I always loved talking and laughing with Fritz. He had a great sense of humor. I will miss him very much. I considered him a good friend.

Tim Barta
4 months ago

My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

David B. Bruzek
4 months ago

My condolences to all the family. I always looked forward to seeing him come to the office. He always had a smile on his face and something pleasant to say.

Kathy Roach Bennett
4 months ago

Hugs, peace, & comfort to family.

David Barrington
4 months ago

My thoughts and prayers go out the family

Mary Ann & John Ruehling
4 months ago

Sorry for the loss of Fritz. He was a great neighbor and friend. Every time he would see us he would ask how’s the cows doing, Johnny? He will be missed. Mary Ann & John Ruehling family.

4 months ago

My condolences to the family.

Michael Barta
4 months ago
Reply to  Andi

My condolences to Aunt Dorothy and all of the family

Greg Scheffler
4 months ago

Condolences to Dorothy and the whole Barta family. I enjoyed my time working for you guys on the farm many years ago. Rest in peace my friend.

Palmer and Susan Welcome
4 months ago

Many fond memories of Fritz. He and Dorothy were great customers of Welcome Auto for over 30 years. A good life well lived. Our condolences to the entire family. Palmer and Susan Welcome

Palmer and Susan Welcome
4 months ago

Many fond memories of Fritz and he and Dorothy were customers for over 30 years. A good life well lived. Our condolences to the entire family.

Pat Ediger
4 months ago

Condolences to Mary and the fa.ily.I consider my sdlf blessed that Our family got to know the Barta family. May he rest in peace. Pat&Deb and family.

Tony Lancaster
4 months ago

Rest in peace It was an honor to have met you.

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