Mike Barnett

February 13, 1962 - August 22, 2021

Michael Steven Barnett, age 59, of New Prague, formerly of Jordan, died peacefully with his family at his side on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at his home. Mike was born on February 13, 1962 in Pittsburgh, PA to Ronald W. and MaryAnn (Quallich) Barnett. He grew up in the Burnsville area, graduating from Lakeville High School and attaining his associate degree from Normandale Community College. He married the love of his life, Melissa M. Jacobsen on July 23, 1994 at Antioch Christian Fellowship in Eden Prairie, MN. Mike worked as a grocery operations manager for SuperValu and Cub Foods. Mike had a heart for the elderly and young people with disabilities. He went the extra mile for both, helping elderly customers with things like handling their grocery bags, getting to their vehicles, navigating snowy and icy parking lots. He mentored well over 50 young people with disabilities, heading a program that trained them and gave them the ability to live independently with meaningful job skills.

Mike exuded positivity and lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed theater and acting in high school, played football and hockey in high school, football at Normandale, and as an adult, was a huge softball player. He was a man of many talents and interests. He sang beautifully and enjoyed Karoake. He had a vast collection of toys from the 1940’s, which he restored to working condition. His backyard was filled with bird feeders and he loved nothing more than to watch the birds and squirrels that visited. He loved gardening and shared the fruits of that garden with neighbors and friends. He was an avid fisherman, loved polka dancing, and was dedicated to the Black Labs that became his furry best friends. He fought the cancer that ravaged his body with ferocity and positivity and remained active to the very end. His kindness and larger-than-life personality will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Mike is survived by his wife of 30 years, Melissa; son, Jason (Julie) Barnett; beloved mother, MaryAnn Quallich Barnett; brothers, Christopher (Mindy) Barnett, Robert (Jane) Barnett; nephews, Andrew & Daniel Barnett, Mackenzie Sweeny; niece, Sydney Sweeny; dog, Finnegan; brother, Matt Sweeney; sister, Lesley Sweeney. He is preceded in death by his father, Ronald.

A Memorial Service will be held on October 10, 2021, from 2:00-4:00 at the Prior Lake Pavilion, located at 5000 Kop Parkway, Prior Lake, MN 55372, hosted by Michael’s Mother, MaryAnn Barnett. There will also be a special mass held at MaryAnn’s church on 11/14/2021 at 10:30 am at St Michael’s Church, located at 16311 Duluth Ave. SE, Prior Lake, MN 55372.

We were devastated by Mike’s sudden passing on August 22nd. We had been hopeful that he would ultimately prevail over cancer, but this was not in God’s plan for Mike. Mike was forced to quit working earlier this year, due to his illness, but was able to pay out of pocket to keep his health insurance active. Despite this, the remaining medical expenses from his illness are significant. Therefore, anyone who wishes to honor Mike’s memory in this manner, is requested to make a contribution which will be used to directly offset these expenses.

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Pam Sohlberg
19 days ago

Dear Mel,

We are so sorry to hear about your husband. Katrina just mentioned yesterday that it seemed so evident that you two had a special bond right away. We never met Mike, but obviously he was a quality person and took good care of you and Jason.

Grief is a terrible road to travel, Mel, and I’m sorry you have to go through this. Make this journey in your own way and in your own time.

Lots of love and hugs,

Pam and Dag

Nicki LeBlanc
1 month ago

My dearest Melissa,
My heart is shattered. I only wish I could take away some of the pain I know you are going through. Mike’s smile, kindness, and infectious laugh are memories I have and will continue to hold dear to my heart. I was there the day you two met and the day you became husband and wife. What an honor! I’m here for you now. May God bless you and Jason in this tragic time. I love you!

Kelly sheprow
1 month ago

My dearest Melissa, I’m so very sorry!!! Mike will missed so very much. Always had such a fun time when with u guys, but I will cherish the memories big hugs to you!

Tammy Koepp
1 month ago

So sorry for your loss sending hugs.

Donna Tovsen
1 month ago

So very sad to learn of Mike’s passing. Sending prayers to Mike’s family.
Rest in peace, my friend.

Katie Novotny
1 month ago

Melissa, words can never portray the emotion I feel for you and your family during this time of loss. I never got the pleasure of meeting Mike but I can only imagine what a kind and wonderful soul he was. My prayers are with you always. Godspeed Mike!

Brett Holbrook
1 month ago

Melissa, Jason, and Mary Ann……you are in our families thoughts and prayers.
I am proud be able to call Michael my friend. We have done so much over the last 21 years. Will never forget Mexico and our bartering with the local vendors!!! Mikes main concern was we may not be paying enough for the vendor to make a living!!! He genuinely cared and was concerned about others! Fairness, opportunity, and helping those less fortunate. He will be missed!!!!

Jill Anderson
1 month ago

I am so very sorry for your loss, words cannot express. Love and hugs Melissa & family.

Renee Woodward Fahrenkamp
1 month ago

Melissa and family. I lived down the road from Mike, rode the same bus. He was always so kind to me. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, so sorry for your loss.

Vicki Fuller
1 month ago

God Bless the family in this time of morning. May the Lord give peace, calmness, and strength. Blessings to you Mike, in heaven, no more suffering.

Darbie Rasmussen-Anderson
1 month ago

Melissa and Jason, I was a high school classmate of Mikes and my heart goes out to you both for your loss.

My memories of Mike are vivid. He was actively involved in high school and a joy to be around. As a fellow classmate, this loss is way too early in life.

God has a plan for the good ones. ❤️

Megan Caraway
1 month ago

Melissa and Family~ I was a high school classmate and am sorry to hear about Mike. He was a wonderful young man in high school and it sounds like he continued into adulthood. You are in my thoughts and prayers today and in the days ahead. Megan

Last edited 1 month ago by Megan Caraway
Annetta DeVet
1 month ago

Sending all of our family’s love to yours during this difficult time. We are so sorry for the loss of Mike.

Nancy Rotter
1 month ago

Mike will be missed so very much. I will miss his singing of Ein Prosit, his laugh and his teasing ways.He made a mean steak (with the help of Melissa’s awesome seasoning!). Melissa, I love you and you are in my thoughts always.

Melissa Barnett
1 month ago

You were the love of my life for 30 years. You did not deserve to go out this way, but your legacy will be your beautiful smile, your great big laugh, making me happy every day of our lives, looking into your beautiful , kind, big brown eyes, your love of your Cub kids, fishing, polka music, your beloved Vikings, and collecting all of your 1940-1950’s electronic toys, And your beautiful son Jason…..you could not have been more proud, he was the light of your life, your biggest blessing and he will carry on your name and your legacy with… Read more »

Chris Cobb
1 month ago

So beautifully written. Touching all of us that knew mike well

Susan Alton
1 month ago

You are in my thoughts Melissa. May you and your family find peace and healing. Mike was the best of the best! Love, Susan Alton

Mike and Cindy Manee
1 month ago

Our thoughts and prayers to Melissa and the rest of Mike’s family. Mike was a wonderful person who will be greatly missed by his friends and family. We send our love.

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