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November 26,1939 – May 7, 2023

Duane David Barthel, age 83, of St. Michael passed away surrounded by his family on Sunday, May 7, 2023 at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale.

He was born on November 26, 1939 in St. Michael the son of Alfred & Bernadette (Vetsch) Barthel, and was raised in St. Michael.

Duane was a member of St. Michael High School Class of 1959.

He honorably served his Country in The United States Army Reserves.

On October 13, 1962, Duane D. Barthel and Kathleen A. O’Donnell were joined in holy matrimony at the St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael.   God blessed their marriage with seven children.

Duane started Duane’s Septic Service in 1991.

He was a lifelong member of the St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael.   Duane was a former usher and Eucharistic Minister.   He also belonged to The Knights of Columbus and served as the St. Michael Catholic Cemetery’s Sexton for forty years.

Duane enjoyed family gatherings, gardening, maintaining the tractors and equipment, and traveling with his wife Kathy.

Survived by his loving wife of sixty years:  Kathy Barthel; children: Jeanne (Wes) Holland, Keith (Sue) Barthel, Lorianne (Scott) Ende, Tim (Debbie) Barthel, Theresa (Jim) Eicher and Anne (Roger) Tiernan; daughter-in-law: Kathy Jo Barthel (Kerry’s wife); twenty-nine grandchildren and forty-one great grandchildren; brothers: Willard “Willie” (Mary Jane) Barthel, Kenneth (Catherine) Barthel and Jerome (Shirley) Barthel; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Preceded in death by his son Kerry Barthel and by his parents.

A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial for Duane Barthel will be held on Wednesday, May 24th, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. at the St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael.

Interment will follow at the St. Michael Cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 23rd from 4-8 P.M. AT THE CHURCH’S St. Joseph Hall.  A Rosary will be recited at 8:00 P.M.   Further visitation will be held on Wednesday morning, May 24th, one hour prior to Mass at the church.

Honorary Casket Bearers:  Grandsons Drew Holland, Brent Holland, Bryan Holland, Ben Barthel, Bryce Barthel, Sam Eicher, Danny Eicher and Isaac Eicher

Casket Bearers:   Grandsons Eric Holland, Brandon Barthel, Tristan Ende, Ian Barthel, Nick Eicher, Eli Tiernan.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials are suggested for the St. Michael Catholic School or Options for Women/Cornerstone.



14 Guestbook Entries

  1. Cathy Mahoney

    Kathy and family I was so sorry to hear of Duane’s passing. Such a great guy. Always so difficult to lose someone you love.

  2. Jeannie & Dave Dixon

    Dear Kathy and family, We are so sad to hear of Duane’s passing. You were both so special, and have our deepest condolences. Lots of good memories of the Dehmer’s place in Osakis, and Duane’s great grilling skills. He and Tom are sharing those memories together.

  3. Jeanne Chouinard

    So very sorry to hear that Duane has passed away. Will always remember his smile and his friendly personality.

  4. Jeanne Chouinard

    Gary and I were so sorry to hear that Duane passed away. He was always so friendly. He was a great guy.

  5. Jeanne Chouinard

    So sorry to hear about Duane. He was always so friendly.

    Gary and Jeanne Chouinard.

  6. Don and Marie Legatt

    Dear Barthel Families,
    So very sorry for your loss of such a wonderful person in your lives.
    Duane was always so friendly to take time to visit with us. His kind words were appreciated. We will miss this time with him.
    It is with sorrow that we acknowledge your losses of both Duane and Kerry and hope that you will find comfort in knowing that they are together. Peace

  7. Ramona Martin

    So sorry to hear this, Kathy and the family! All our prayers for you and the whole family. Always fun loving and caring was Duane. God rest his soul.

  8. Mike Ende

    Kathy and family, my heart is breaking right along with yours. What a dear sweet man has left us. I will always picture him with a smile!

  9. Kurt Christopherson

    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Duane. He was an absolute treasure of a man. Our entire DSG team sends our heartfelt condolences and will cherish the memories we had of working with Duane.

  10. Sharon

    Dear Kathy,

    My deepest sympathy for the loss of Duane. I remember him as a kind and gentle man with a friendly smile always.

    Please take care of yourself and I certainly hope to see you again sometime in St. Michael.

    My sympathy also to the rest of your family.

    Sharon Barthel

  11. Jim & Karen Haupert

    We were so sad to hear about Duane’s passing. He was such a nice person who will be missed by many. Our sympathy is with you Kathy and your family during this difficult time.

  12. Leslie Boie

    What a family legacy! 7 children, twenty-nine grandchildren and forty-one great grandchildren! Oh my! I’m sure you will have many fond memories to comfort you as you gather during this very difficult time. Take care of yourself & your family!

  13. Wanda Scherber

    Deepest sympathy to one and all. Will keep you in my prayers.

  14. Christine Williams

    We are so sorry for your loss of Duane. Our prayers are with you Kathy and all your family
    Steve and Christine (Jaeb) Williams


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