Bertha F. Barhorst


Bertha F. Barhorst, age 90 of Sauk Centre, died Dec. 3, 2013, at the CentraCare Health Nursing Home in Sauk Centre. 

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Greg Paffel officiating. Interment followed in the parish cemetery.

Bertha Frances Mitchell was born March 5, 1923, in Lime Creek to Raymond and Clara (Wille) Mitchell. She moved to Sauk Centre in 1936. On June 8, 1943, she was united in marriage to Henry A. Barhorst at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. She raised eight children and worked at Pettit’s Children’s Home in Sauk Centre. She enjoyed flowers, playing cards and baking.

Bertha was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre, Christian Mothers, American Legion Post 67 Auxiliary, and the St. Michael’s Hospital Auxiliary.

Survivors include her children, Clarice Poepping of New Munich, Ray Barhorst of Sauk Centre, Rich (Rita) Barhorst of Long Prairie, Sam (Tracy) Barhorst of Sauk Centre, Gladys “Goose” (Vern) Haskamp of Sauk Centre, and Ron Barhorst of Sauk Centre; eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 14 great-great-grandchildren; and brother, Paul Mitchell of Kirkland, Wash.

Bertha was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Clara Mitchell; husband, Henry Barhorst on April 10, 1999; sons, Kenneth Barhorst on Oct. 20, 1991, and James Barhorst on March 22, 1996; son-in-law, Marv Poepping on Feb. 10, 2011; and brother, Albert Mitchell in December of 1999. 

Serving as casket bearers were Brenda Polipnick, Joe Barhorst, Charlie Barhorst, Ben Barhorst, Steve Haskamp and Jason Haskamp. Cross bearer was Jean Mitchell. Gift bearers were her great-grandchildren. Reader was Lorrayne Traut. Eucharistic Minister was Vic Traut. 

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.

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