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Edward Bartz

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Edward Oscar Bartz, age 93, of Rochester, MN, formerly of New Hampton, died Saturday, February 14, 2015, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 21, 2015, at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hampton with Pastor Kevin Frey officiating at the service. Interment will be at the New Hampton City Cemetery with Shawn Bartz, Aaron Bartz, Matt Reams, Bryan Grieme, Richard Smith, Randy Lenz and Trevor Bartz serving as pallbearers. Friends may greet the family an hour prior to the service at the church. Edward Oscar Bartz was born December 20, 1921 in rural Chickasaw County, IA, 3 miles south of Ionia, the son of Charles and Laura (Ross) Bartz. He attended a rural country school near Ionia and completed his education at the Ionia High School. On June 23, 1941, at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hampton, he married the love of his life, Lillian Debban. To this union three children were born. The couple farmed near Charles City and south of Ionia for many years. Early in their time near Ionia, Ed served as president of the school board at their local country school. Throughout their life they worked together, sharing the farm chores. Ed was self-sufficient, as he could fix nearly anything on the farm. Ed also enjoyed the outdoors, riding his motorcycle, gardening, reading, hunting, and fishing. In 1985 they retired, moved to Rochester, Minnesota, and lived out the remainder of their life together there. Lillian died on October 28, 2011, at the age of 93. Survivors include one son: Eddie (Rose) Bartz, Jr. of Lansing, IA; two daughters: Dawn Bartz of Rochester, MN, Robyn Woolley of St. Paul, MN; 5 grandchildren: Shawn (Brenda) Bartz, Aaron Bartz, Noelle (Matt) Reams, Jacalyn (Randy) Lenz, Lynette Laures; 8 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild, and two sisters, Jean and Mabel. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian in 2011; 3 brothers Walter, Ted and George; 3 sisters, Evelyn, Grace and Lenore.

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  1. So sorry about the death of your dad. He was such a great backyard neighbor to Harold Meredith, and helped him out so much after the death of Harold’s wife, Bonnie. It was such a joy to talk to him over the fence when we were letting out my son’s dog. The dogs always had fun playing along the fence. I know my son, John Meredith will also miss him as a neighbor. Such a great guy! Thinking of you and your family. Kip, Gretchen, Kate and John Meredith Rochester, MN

  2. Deepest sympathy to the Bartz family at this time. I grew up just down the road from The Bartz’s. Ed was always such a nice guy, always ready with a quick smile. Prayers and thoughts to you.

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bartz family. Cherish all your special memories. Duane and Pat Lynch

  4. I want to extend my deepest sympathy to the entire Bartz family! I have lots of fond memories staying at the farm growing up. Ed was always busy in the barn & making sure things were done! I am thinking of you all in thoughts & prayers. Peg & Dan Testroet

  5. I would like to give my deepest sympathy to the entire Bartz Family keep all the memories close to your hearts you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Karen Rodemaker

  6. Want to extend our sympathies to the entire Bartz family. I hope you have lots of memories to carry you through the next days. Your family are in our thoughts and prayers. David and Jeanne Roder

  7. Dawn, Just saw that your Dad passed. Sorry to hear it but sure he was ready and had a good life. Thinking of you . Norma Burke Rosonke

  8. Ed, Rose and family Sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad, father in law, and grandpa. Thinking about you and keeping you in our prayers. Bob and Cyndy Weiglein


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