John "Jack" Barta
September 15, 1947 - September 3, 2021
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410 West Lawrence Street
Appleton, WI 54911
(920) 734-7195 | Map
Friday 9/17, 10:00 am

On September 3rd, 2021, Jack passed away peacefully in his home in Cedarburg, at the age of 73. Jack was born on September 15, 1947 to the late John and Cathy (Hamm) Barta. He was a member of St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church in Cedarburg but was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph Catholic Church…

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Trudy Zarling left a message on September 17, 2021:
Jack and I joined the Mequon Thiensville staff in the fall of 1969. He served the youth in that community for his whole career, I married and left teaching after 4 years to raise a family. Henry Althoen reconnected us at the retired teachers luncheons he organizes. We will miss Jack. He blessed the world with music, art, and his beautiful Hostas. Picture him in the presence of the Lord, young again, and full of joy without the burdens of this world.
Jordyce Butzke left a message on September 17, 2021:
I will miss Jack. He would call me to help him plant hostas and pull weeds in his yard.
Cindy Diesch left a message on September 16, 2021:
Mr. Barta (I really can't bring myself to call him Jack) Was my band instructor all 4 years at Homestead High since he moved up to "varsity" when Mr. Confare retired. He was a fellow saxophone player and it was definitely a memorable experience. His facial expressions were legendary. He also was the professional photographer for my wedding 33 years ago. Our pictures are still as beautiful as ever. He was a good man that smiled often. I will remember him fondly. Just a note- I doubt it but if he still had any photos from the weddings he did, but we forgot and never picked up the 11x14 of our group. I'd really like it if he still has it. RIP Mr, Barta.
Philip and Marilyn Vollrath left a message on September 14, 2021:
We have lived next door to Jack for 35 years. I (Phil) have gone to breakfast or dinner with him several times a month through two weeks ago. We loved a restaurant in West Bend in particular. We cut each others lawns, plowed each others sidewalks and picked up millions of black walnuts from trees in our yard. Jack was always there to help, to keep our yard and equipment up, to chase away squirrels, and to give us Hostas. There could not be a friendlier, kinder companion on earth. He was always available to talk with over the fence or in our yard or fixing our equipment in our barn. He helped our daughter with her flute. We loved his Christmas tree still standing next to his house in July. We both loved our special neighbor and hope God gives him a special place in Heaven.
Karl Hertz left a message on September 12, 2021:
Dear Barta family, We are very sorry to read of Jack's passing. His love of music was passed to the children of MTSD, a special legacy. We are very sorry to loose a colleague. You are in our thoughts. Karl Hertz
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Charlotte A. Smith left a message on September 12, 2021:
I visited Jack each year to purchase hostas and enjoy his lovely garden. He was a generous soul and will be sorely missed!
Betsy Foster left a message on September 12, 2021:
I was a HHS band geek ‘80-84, also in pit band, and pep band. We sold lots of fruit to march in the Fiesta Bowl Parade. I still cherish hearing the musical rendition of Sleigh Bells every winter. I vividly remember his chihuahuas.. He’d have them inside his zipped up jacket, and they’d run around inside there and pop out their heads every now and then. Mr. Barta was a great teacher. Wishing you peace during this difficult time. -Betsy Foster Swanson
Charla Eastwood left a message on September 11, 2021:
So very sorry to hear of Jack's passing. I had only met him at a hosta convention (are there any other kind) and I very much enjoyed chatting all things hosta with him through the weekend. I have followed him in the industry from afar. May God bless you and keep you with His comfort, peace and wisdom during this very difficult time.
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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