Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Nelson T. Barga (July 29, 1922 - July 17, 2009)

Nelson T. “Birt” Barga age 86 of Frenchtown, Ohio, passed away at 8:20 P.M. on Friday, July 17, 2009 at Wayne Hospital in Greenville. Nelson was born July 29, 1922 in Versailles, Ohio, to the late Arthur & Carrie (Swartz) Barga.

Nelson formerly worked at Eldora Speedway and for 40 years he worked at GM in the Frigidaire Plant, retiring on January 1, 1986. Nelson was a Veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Army as a Tech. Sgt. with Company I, 22nd Infantry-4th Division. Nelson was among the first in the Invasion of France. Nelson received a Purple Heart for his service to his Country. Nelson was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Frenchtown. He was a life member of the D.A.V., V.F.W., and the American Legion in Greenville. He was also a member of the Greenville Elks Lodge, Versailles Eagles Lodge, and the Versailles Knights of Columbus.

In addition to his parents, Nelson is also preceded in death by his brothers, Marvin Barga in WWII and Richard Barga.

Nelson is survived by his loving wife, Susan M. (Baltes) Barga, whom he married June 23, 1955. Susan graciously appreciates Nelson’s care & support in helping her care for her parents. He is also survived by his sons & daughters-in-law, Keith J. & Donna Barga of Laura and Kent L. & Lisa Barga of Versailles; grandchildren, Andrea Barga and Eric Barga; brothers & sisters-in-law, Norman & Edna Barga of Union City, Indiana, and Thomas & Mary Lou Barga of Vandalia; sister & brother-in-law, Ann & Tim Wehrley of Greenville; and sister-in-law, Eileen Barga of Versailles.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles, with Rev. Fr. David Vincent celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Valbert Cemetery in Versailles. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. and Wednesday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. Military graveside services will be conducted by the Greenville Veteran’s Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to Versailles Emergency Medical Services.