Roman J. Barten, 64

Roman J. Barten, 64, of New Prague, died of a brain tumor at his home Saturday, June 3, 2006, surrounded by his family.

Roman was born on July 1, 1941 to Hubert and Edna (Huss) Barten in New Prague. He grew up in Union Hill, attended Union Hill Catholic School through the eighth grade and graduated from New Prague High School. He married Fran Legatt on November 30, 1968 at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in St. Stephen. He worked many years as a bricklayer and farmed west of New Prague, raising corn, soybeans and 11 children. Roman was very active in his church, the 3rd and 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, Catholic Aid Association, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, the Scott County Fair Board and the Scott County Pork Producers.

He is survived by his wife; 11 children and 13 grandchildren: Christina (Chad) Ryburn, New Prague; Amy (Brandon) Simmons, Owatonna; Michael (Kindra), Lonsdale; Stephen, New Prague; Mary (Phil) Fischer, Belle Plaine; Julie (Brian) Hughes, Cannon Falls; Gina, San Francisco, CA; John (Rachel), Lonsdale; Katie, Joseph and Mark, all of New Prague; grandchildren, Julianna, James, Rebecca, Matthew and Savannah Ryburn, Jack Simmons, Madelyn, Nathan and Piper Barten, Clare and Helen Fischer, Allison Hughes and a sibling due in September; sisters, Edna (Flavian) Weiers, Genevieve Metzdorff, Harriet (Francis) Giesen, Darlene (Richard) O’Brien and Noreen Seurer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother-in-law, Roman Seurer.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, June 7 at 10 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Union Hill, with Rev. Elgar Bockenfeld officiating. Interment was at the church cemetery. Casket bearers were James Giesen, George Ruhland, Richard Schoenecker, Tome Schoenecker, Brian Balfe and Fritz Tupy.

Visitation was held Tuesday at the Bruzek Funeral Home in New Prague from 3 to 9 p.m., with a 7 p.m. parish rosary. Visitation continued Wednesday from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

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