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April 5, 1968 – October 10, 2022

Kerry James Barthel, age 54, of St. Michael passed away on October 10th, 2022 in his home. Kerry was born on April 5th, 1968, the son of Duane and Kathleen Barthel.

He was born and raised in St. Michael, attending the St. Michael Catholic School and Church, a lifelong parishioner, and graduated from St. Michael-Albertville in 1986.

Kerry joined Kathy Jo in holy matrimony on September 23rd, 1989 and God blessed them with two daughters, Kasandra and Krista. Kerry had so much to be proud of and he made sure to tell everyone just how blessed he was in each of his conversations.

As a business owner, he worked hard all the time, but he never made his work his life and his life was never his work. Everyone knew he was a great painter, but we don’t remember him as just that, because the impact he made on the community was far greater than just a bucket of paint. Kerry was generous, he was hilarious, he was joyful and he was stubborn. And those are the qualities of a good businessman, but even better qualities in a husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and friend.

He had a nickname for all of those around him. If he had your number, he made sure to use it.

Kerry and Kathy loved to vacation, go out to dinner, play cards with friends, pray together in the wine room and love on their 7 grandkids.

He was pro-life and pro-family, sharing in his desire for large families to grow within this community. His love for all of those in his life was truly unbelievable because it stretched so far, farther then we all know. Kerry’s faith was so strong, especially in recent years, the growth was loud and he was so honest with those around him about the truth of our Catholic faith. He shared how important the rosary was as he learned to love it more and more each day while praying with his wife and alone. Within his spiritual growth, he made sure to let his family know that he wasn’t scared to die and that this temporary home is just that, temporary.

Kerry enjoyed beer (a lot), golf, playing and watching football, plowing his driveway, having deep conversations, and spending time with his family. Every Sunday, Kerry would grill for the family to enjoy together, and in those moments “solve all the world’s problems”.

He is preceded in death by his mother-in- law, Elizabeth (Pouliot) Daleiden.

Kerry is survived by his wife, Kathy Jo; children Kasandra (Jacob) Vorderbruggen, and Krista (Anthony) Praught; grandchildren: Vivian Praught, Alice Praught, Charlotte Praught, Elsie Vorderbruggen, Luetta Vorderbruggen, Ruger Vorderbruggen and Gerard Vorderbruggen; parents Duane and Kathleen Barthel; siblings Jeanne (Wesley) Holland, Keith (Sue) Barthel, Lori (Scott) Ende, Timothy (Debbie) Barthel, Theresa (Jim) Eicher, and Anne (Roger) Tiernan, his in-laws, along with many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial for Kerry Barthel will be held on Friday, October 14, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. at The St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael.   Principal Celebrant will be Father Brian Park and Concelebrants:  Father Peter Richards, Father Connor McGinnis, Father Joseph Zabinski and Father Nathaniel Meyers and Deacon Steven Dupay.

Interment will follow at The St. Michael Cemetery in St. Michael.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, October 13th from 3-7 P.M. AT THE CHURCH.   A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 P.M.  There will NOT be further visitation Friday morning prior to Mass.

Honorary Pallbearers will be all Kerry’s nieces and nephews.

Casket Bearers will be Mitch Zachman, Ian Barthel, Brent Holland, Bryan Holland, Nicholas Eicher and Sam Eicher.


In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Cornerstone Women’s Center: 204 Central Ave E, St. Michael MN 55376, which Kerry was set to paint in the coming weeks.

Kerry’s family will be donating money to the painting of the church apse, which Kerry was planning to paint this winter, in lieu of sending acknowledgement cards.

It is greatly appreciated and truly a blessing to give back, as this is what Kerry would have done.

The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home is serving the family.    Online condolences may be made to



27 Guestbook Entries

  1. Lisa Bursey

    Kathy Jo and family… I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers. He will be missed. God Bless

  2. Bill Richard

    Kathy Jo,

    I am so sorry to hear of Kerry’s passing. He was a great guy and will be missed. You and your family are in our thoughts.

    Bill and Karen Richard

  3. tracey tucker

    Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers, keeping you close to our hearts

  4. Mary Jo Schmid

    Oh my dear and loving cousin Kathy Jo, My heart is heavy and sadden to hear the passing of Kerry. I’m praying that the Lord comforts you with peace knowing that Kerry is with our Savior now. All my love and prayers,
    Mary Jo

  5. Hadyn Kelm

    Kathy Jo and family, I am so sorry for your loss! Kerry was one of the funniest, most caring, and genuinely nice people that I have ever met. He will be missed by so many. God bless you and your family during this time.

  6. Tate and Lillian Nagengast

    Lilian and I are so sorry for your loss. Kerry was a wonderful man and we will be praying for you and the entire family.

  7. Christine Williams

    KathyJo and family, I’m so sorry. Please know of our continued prayers for all your family. RIP

  8. Mark Vorderbruggen

    Kerry, you were a special person who exemplified God’s love. You being in heaven now is awesome, but we still here will really miss you. Kathy Jo and family, you have my deepest sympathies for your loss.

  9. Pat Sonju-Thielman

    Kathy Jo and family, I’m was so saddened to hear about the passing of your Dear Husband, Father and Grandfather.
    My love and prayers for all of you❤️
    Aunt Pat

  10. Kathy BENNETT

    To Kerry’s family: My heart is heavy for you at the passing of a great and honorable man. I did not know Kerry very well, but he exemplified a caring, giving, and Christian man. Kerry did paint work for our church at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, and when I asked him to take on more work than initially planned, Kerry had no hesitation on taking on the additional task. I pray that God will bless with peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  11. Colleen Bursch

    Kathy Jo and all of Kerry’s family, Bruce and I are so sorry for your loss. Kerry was a great person…truly, and a man of God. He will be missed here in this life by so many. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Bruce and Colleen

  12. Doreen and Alan Schiebe

    Alan and I are so very sorry for your loss. Kerry good and kind and generous man, quick with a ready laugh and delighted smile. He will truly be missed, not only by his loving family, but by all who knew him. The world is a little less bright now because of his loss.

  13. Denise Lehn Wills

    We are so sorry to hear of your families loss. Kerry will be remembered as gentle, fun, and quiet humored. A great smile with a kind heart. Prayers for peace and comfort during this very difficult time.

  14. Rob and Jeanne Van Drasek

    Kathy Jo and family, Kathy and Duane, Annie, and all. We are so saddened and shocked to hear of Kerry’s sudden death. You are all in our prayers. He was truly a man of God and an example to many as a humble servant. We will miss the funeral due to bring in AR caring for my brother but will offer mass and prayers here for the repose of his soul forever with our Heavenly Father and for your comfort. Our love and prayers.

  15. Paul Schumacher

    Kathy Jo and entire Barthel family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Kerry’s passing. My deepest sympathies and condolences to your entire family.

  16. Paul Schumacher

    Kathy Jo and Barthels,
    I’m so very sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies and condolences to you and your entire family.

  17. Deb Spencer

    Kathy Jo and family,

    I was recently speaking with Cole Eull and he shared with me the news about Kerry. I am so very sorry. May all of your favorite memories carry you through this difficult time. I am thinking of you and sending hugs.

  18. Nathan Martin

    So sorry for your loss. Really enjoyed the few conversations I had with Kerry. He seemed to always be present in the current moment which is so hard these days. Very helpful too! Prayers and love being sent your way.

  19. Monica Martinez

    Kind, considerate, and competitive! Always fun to be around. My memories of Kerry are when Kelly and Chad, Tim and Kerry would play super competitive football games whenever they visited. Love to all of you in this very difficult time. ❤️

  20. Scott Bauer

    Deepest sympathies to the Barthel family. I met Kerry coaching jr. high basketball together in the mid 80’s at STMA. His players enjoyed playing for him because of an engaging personality. I was able to reconnect with Kerry when my sister in law became good friends with Kathy Jo. He was an easy guy to be around because he was so authentic. He will be certainly missed.


  21. Scott Bauer

    My deepest sympathies to the Barthel family. I first met Kerry when we coached jr. high basketball together at STMA in the mid 80’s. His players loved his out going and engaging personality. We reconnected through my sister in law who became good friends with Kathy Jo. Kerry was an easy guy to be around because he was so authentic and genuine. He will certainly be missed. Peace

  22. John Barrett

    So sorry for your loss! I know Kerry through the painting business and had spoke with him in the last months. Always enjoyed his sense of humor and I knew his quality of painting. May he rest in peace!

    John & Julie Barrett
    Barrett Decorating

  23. Elaine Berning

    KathyJo,keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers!

  24. Mark Tiemann

    God’s comfort to your family Kathy Jo. I worked with Kerry the last 25 years cleaning for Ziegler Const. Whenever we would see each other he was always interested in my family. We had 10 kids who all met Kerry over the years at work. He was very others oriented. It is so great to hear about his personal faith in Jesus. May He show Himself to be the healer of your soul in this great time of loss for you.

  25. Steve Fessler

    So sad hear the news of Kerry’s passing unexpectedly. Kerry was always smiling and a joy to see he and his buddies out on the golf course. Any time Kerry was out here, a good time was to be had. One of the good one’s who was always a joy to see. So blessed to have met Kerry along the way and will be missed.

  26. Lisa Tietgen Basso

    I’m so sorry for your loss Kathy Jo and family. Although I haven’t seen you or Kerry in many long years, I will always remember his smile and jokes, he was a great man! Keeping you in my prayers.

  27. Mary Hanson. (Williams)

    Kathy Jo, Duane and Kathy and all your family, so very sorry to hear of Kerry’s passing. My heart goes out to you all today and in the days ahead. I remember Kerry so well as he painted for me from time to time. I remember him coming to St. Michael Drug and he always had a smile on his face. He will be missed by so so many


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