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June 15, 1953 – Monday, March 19, 2012

Service Information
Church of St. Michael in St. Michael, MN
Monday, March 26th, 2012
10:30 A.M.

Visitation Information
Sunday, March 25th, 2012
4-8 P.M.

Bernard Mathias “Ben” Barthel, age 58, of St. Michael passed away on Monday, March 19th, 2012 at his residence.

He was born in Buffalo on June 15, 1953 the son of Bernard A. & Irene M. Meister Barthel.

Ben graduated from St. Michael High School in 1972.

On February 2, 1973, Bernard M. “Ben” Barthel & Theresa “Terri” Armstrong were joined in marriage in Watertown, South Dakota. God blessed their marriage with a daughter. Ben and Terri were married for 39 years.

He was employed for many years as a truck driver. He worked at Hennepin Transfer, Inc. He was a proud long time union member of Teamster Local 120.

He was a lifelong member of The Church of St. Michael.

Ben also belonged to The Minnesota Coon Hunters Association.

Survived by his loving wife of thirty nine years: Terri; a daughter: Danni Marie (Mark) Olson; a granddaughter: Talia; sisters and brothers: Lynette (Rick) Deziel , Benita (Jim) Oliver, Gerry Barthel, Gordy (Carole) Barthel & Theresa (Mike) Treptau, Michele (Dan) Pawelk, Charlene (Gerard) Willette, Lisa (Kenny) Daluge and Pam (Mike) Vetsch; his mother-in-law: Pat Armstrong; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Alice (Tim) Pettit , Mike (Wendy) Armstrong, Dan Armstrong and Laura Diemert; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents and by his father-in-law: Harry Armstrong.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Ben Barthel will be held on Monday, March 26th at 10:30 A.M. at The Church of St. Michael in St. Michael.

Interment will follow at The St. Michael Cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, March 25th from 4-8 P.M. at The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home.

Further visitation will be held on Monday morning, March 26th from 9-10 A.M. at the funeral home.

Casket Bearers will be some of his nephews.

The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home is serving the family.

10 Guestbook Entries

  1. Marian Neumann

    Sending deepest sympathy to the Barthel families.
    Butch & Marian Neumann & family

  2. Marcie Martin(Roehl)

    Your family is in our prayers. Benny is with his mom & dad and will be watching over your family from above. He is at Peace!

  3. Teresa Kortus

    Dear Barthel Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I am a work colleague and friend of Theresa’s. May you be comforted by the love of friends and family and may the beautiful memories of Ben live forever in your hearts.

  4. Denice Petrowski

    Terry, Danni and family,
    Our deepest sympathy to all of you on the loss of your husband, dad and grandpa. He was a wonderful man and there is no doubt in my mind that he is now in a wonderful place. I will always remember him as such a kind and compassionate person.

    May the many happy memories you have of him help you all through the tough times. At least the cancer cannot take that away!

    Peace and Blessings to Ben and all of you.

    Rich and Denice Petrowski

  5. Willie & Pat Krause

    Benny loved the outdoors and loved to share his insights and history about the area. Too much knowledge lost too soon. Our heart felt condolences to his family and friends.

  6. Jenny (Anselment) Tice

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Thoughts are with you.

  7. Marianne kraft

    Just dropping a short note to let you know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sorry I will be unable to attend the service, Ken’s passed away and his service is at the same.

  8. Kira Davidson

    We are truly and deeply sorry. Our hearts ache as well.
    Love from Kira and Kari.

  9. Julie & John Shattock

    Terri, Danni, Mark and Families,
    We extend our deepest sympathy at your sad loss. Our thoughts are with you.
    May Ben rest in peace.

  10. John and Bonnie Archer

    Our hearts goes out to all of you at this time and in the days ahead. You are in our thoughts and prayers.


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