DEERFIELD – Emma Eleanor Barta, age 95 of Adrian, passed away Thursday, February 14, 2013, at the Hospice of Lenawee’s Hospice Home. She was born May 15, 1917, in Werner, North Dakota, and was the fifth child of Paul and Rosa (Goetzfreidt) Hoffer.
On January 24, 1939, she married Otto Barta, in Wauseon, Ohio. He preceded her in death on December 12, 1981. She was a member of Our Light of Christ Parish, St. Alphonsus Parish in Deerfield. Emma and Otto moved to Deerfield to open “Otto’s Tavern” on November 21, 1948 until the Tavern closed in 1964. Emma began her career as a beautician in the 1960’s, going to beauty school days, while working midnights in a plastic factory. Otto and her sons, built her a large beauty shop, “Emme’s Hidden Beauty Haven”, which she opened on December 10, 1969, unfortunately, their home and beauty shop burnt in 1978. She then became a traveling beautician, whose motto was “HAVE BRUSH WILL TRAVEL”, and continued to serve some of her favorite clients, especially the older ones, even if and especially if they were in nursing home. And until just a few years ago, she still did her best friend, Ramona Meyer’s hair. Emma loved to knit and crochet.
Emma is survived by two sons, Jim (Kathy) Barta of Deerfield and Rick (Sue) Barta of Deerfield; a daughter-in-law, Linda Barta of Deerfield; grandchildren, Robert (Tammy), Brian, Denise (Marcus) Ramsey, Toby, Ashli (Joe) Krainock, Tennille (Steve) Taraszkiewicz and Travis (Ginnie); and great grandchildren, Alex and Daniel Barta, Rachel, Caleb, and Connor Ramsey, Aidan Barta and Tyler Taraszkiewicz. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Terry; two granddaughters, Tara Barta and Renee Barta and eights siblings, Elizabeth, Florence, Joe, Eddie, John, Jack, Mary and Paul (Buddy).
Visitation will be held on Sunday from 4-8 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian, where a Vigil Prayer Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will also be held on Monday, February 18, 2013, from 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. at Our Light of Christ Parish (St. Alphonsus). The Funeral Liturgy for Emma will be offered on Monday, February 18, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Our Light of Christ Parish, (St. Alphonsus), with Father Jack Loughran as celebrant. Graveside services will be held on Monday, February 18, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. at Lenawee Hills Memorial Park, Adrian.
You may send condolences to the family at www.andersonfuneralservices.com. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Light of Christ Parish (St. Alphonsus). Envelopes are available at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.