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May 31, 1929 – Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Service Information
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Buffalo, MN
Saturday, May 14, 2016
11:00 AM

Visitation Information
St. Francis Zavier Catholic Church, Buffalo, MN
Friday, May 13, 2016
4-7 PM

Lowell (Pete) Barthel, age 86 passed away peacefully at his home on May 4, 2016. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo. Visitation services will be held at the church on Friday, May 13 from 4-7 pm with prayer service at 6 pm, and on Saturday, May 14 one hour prior to Mass at the church. Interment at St. Francis Cemetery, Buffalo, MN.

Lowell was born on May 31, 1929 in St Michael, the son of Edwin and Florence (Roden) Barthel. Lowell served in the US Army from 1951-1953. On June 2, 1956 Lowell Joseph Barthel and Marlene Lois Schumm were joined in holy marriage at St Michael Catholic Church in St Michael, MN. Lowell and Marlene were blessed with eight children. Lowell began his career in the early 60’s in a partnership with a friend at The Albertville Body Shop in Albertville, MN. Later he started a family business at his home in Buffalo, and it became known as Pete’s Custom Shop where he restored many antique cars. He enjoyed telling stories about the old days and about the many cars he lovingly restored for himself and others. He finished every car with absolute perfection. During his lifetime, Pete enjoyed many family camping trips to State Parks. He was especially fond of hiking, fishing and enjoying nature with his family. In his retirement years, he spent much of his time relaxing under the numerous trees he planted throughout his lifetime.

Preceded in death by his parents Edwin and Florence, daughter, Deborah Hurley, sister Dorothy Schumm, and brother-in-law, Willard Schumm.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 59 years, Marlene; his children; Cheryl Feltman of Howard Lake, Robert Barthel of Buffalo, Richard Barthel of Monticello, Mary (Edward) Jacobson of Waverly, Denise (Wayne) Keeran of Savage, Matthew Barthel of Howard Lake, Troy Barthel of Maple Lake and son-in-law, John (Paula) Hurley III of Cokato; grandchildren, Bridget (Tyson) Stanley, John (Amy) Hurley IV, Erica (Allison) Jacobson, Laura (Carl) Kahlstorf, Amy Jacobson, Hunter and Gabbie Keeran. great grandchildren, Nina, Morgan, Tyler, Maddie, Hayle, Isaiah; brother-in-law, Merrel (Sharon) Schumm of St. Michael and sister-in-law, Linda Schumm of St. Michael; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Casketbearers will be Pete’s nephews, Donnie Schumm, Klayton Schumm, Randy Schumm, Mike Schumm, Paul Schumm, and Mike Schumm.

Serving the family is the Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. 763-682-1363.

2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Mary Triplett

    I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. I have good memories of him and your mom at their house when I was a kid. It’s hard to lose a parent. Take care of yourselves. Thinking of all of you.

  2. Nancy Nolan  (Demarais)

    So sorry for the loss of your dad. It is hard to lose our parents. Keep your memories alive in your heart, it helps some. I still often think of my memories with Debbie. Now they are together.


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