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March 23, 1926 – Thursday, December 5, 2013

Service Information
Church of St. Albert in Albertville, Minnesota
Saturday, December 14th, 2013
12 Noon

Visitation Information
Church of St.Albert in Albertville, Minnesota
Saturday, December 14, 2013
9:00 A.M. until time of Mass

Norman J. Barthel, age 87, of Garrison & formerly of Albertville passed away on Thursday, December 5th, 2013 at Park View Care Center in Buffalo.

He was born on March 23, 1926 in St. Michael the son of Albert & Lena Kasper Barthel.

Norman graduated from Elk River High School.

He was formerly employed at and retired from Honeywell. He also formerly worked at The Rockford Bakery and had owned & operated The St. Michael Café.

He was a good cook, enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, music and was a people person!

Norman was a past member of The Church of St. Albert in Albertville, Minnesota and belonged to Our Lady of Fatima in Garrison, Minnesota. He also belonged to The Garrison Senior Citizens and to The Garrison Lions Club. He established Dorothy’s Rainbow Foundation.

Survived by brothers & sisters: Beno (Margaret) Barthel of Anoka, Donald Barthel & Louis (Sylvia) Barthel all of Albertville, Verena Zachman of St. Michael, Catherine Elsenpeter of Buffalo and Betty (Harvey) Zahler of St. Michael; stepson: Gary (Kathy) Lovelin of Garrison; 3 step grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents: Albert & Lena Barthel, wives: Agnes & Dorothy, sisters & brothers: Alicetine Schroepfer, Clarence & Aloys Barthel, Florence Isenberg, Cecelia Fish and Ernest Barthel.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Norman Barthel will be held at 12 Noon Saturday, December 14th at the Church of St. Albert in Albertville. Father Peter Richards will be the Celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Albert Cemetery.

Visitations will be held on Thursday, December 12th 3-7 P.M. Our Lady of Fatima Church in Garrison, Minnesota and Saturday morning, December 14th at The Church of St. Albert in Albertville from 9:00 A.M. until time of Mass.

Casket Bearers will be Mark Zachman, George Elsenpeter, Charles Isenberg, Rodney Barthel, Dennis Barthel and Ted Barthel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Debbie & Wally Lanars

    We first met Norman 13 years ago when we bought our cabin next to him. We quickly became good friends. He was like a part of our family. If Norman need help with anything we would try to help him. He would do the same for us. Our summers will never be the same. Love you Norman
    Debbie, Wally, Zachary & Lucas Lanars

  2. Zach & Lucas Lanars

    We will miss you Norman.

  3. Mike Koecheler RSVP Voluneer Services

    We, at RSVP Volunteer Services, wish to extend our most sincere condolences at the death of our beloved friend and volunteer Norm. We will miss so many things about him – – his kind disposition, big heart, warm smile and his keen desire to help others, which was often reflected in the way he so kindly served others as a volunteer. Some people stand tall physically, while others are towers of character ~ Norm was such a man. Despite his height, he was and will continue to be someone that I always looked up to.

    We also wish to take this opportunity to express how proud we are to have numbered Norm as an essential part of the RSVP Volunteer Services program. His countless hours of loving volunteer service not only changed the lives of those he helped, but changed the lives of us all. Rest assured that Norm’s acts of kindness to “our brothers and sisters in need” have not gone unnoticed.

    In this we find hope, in this we find comfort, and in this we persevere.

    With great joy & sadness, and in great appreciation for the contributions that Norm made to our communities, we offer our sincere condolences.

    If we can be of any help – please call.


    Mike Koecheler
    RSVP Volunteer Services Director

  4. DeAnna Lovlein

    Going to miss you, Grandpa. Nobody could ever ask for a better man for a grandpa and a godparent. Love you always!!


    I was so sorry to hear of Norms passing. He has been a friend for a long time. We played in the kitchen band together, we worked for caregivers together,and he joined us Saturday mornings for breakfast where we really enjoyed his company. He will be sadly missed. Betty Skillings


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