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Edna Barga


Edna (Goodner) Barga, of Union City, Indiana, passed away on Friday, September 18, 2020, at Pineknoll Rehabilitation Center.  She was born in Darke County, Ohio, on May 30, 1923, to the late Grover and Katie (Johnson) Goodner.

Edna graduated with high honors in 1941 from Franklin Township School near Painter Creek, Ohio.  She was employed at Aeroproducts near Vandalia, Ohio, as a clerk-typist until the end of WWII.  She then married Norman Barga in 1946 and they began farming near Brock, Ohio, and eventually north of Union City, Indiana.    

Edna was a homemaker during her married life. She was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and was involved with every aspect of her parish.  She served as a eucharistic minister, was a member of Saint Mary's School Mothers Club and Rosary Alter Society.  She was one of the committee chairmen for 18 years of the Ladies of Charity who provided funeral dinners for the families of the parish.  She was a volunteer for committees and non-profits, too many to name, in the Union City area including the Community Help Center.  She also performed bookkeeping duties for the family farm and, in later years, for her husband’s lawn mower repair business.

Edna was never happier than when she was in her garden.  She fed her family of 6 on the fruits of her labor and never hesitated to give away to friends what she grew in abundance.  She also enjoyed reading, sewing, and letter writing which she continued until her death.  She never missed sending a card with a personal note for the special occasions of her family and friends.    

She is survived by her sister, Barbara (Karns) Link; her children, Jeff (Linda) Barga, Anita (Larry) Amspaugh and Fred (Cindy) Barga, all of Union City, Indiana, and Dan (Marianne) Barga of Sylvania, Ohio; her grandchildren, Matthew Barga, Micah Barga, Christopher Barga, A.J. (Heidi) Amspaugh, Kyle (Ashlee) Amspaugh, Madeline Barga, Elizabeth Barga, Adam Barga, and five great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Norman Barga, sons Michael & David Barga, brothers, Delay Goodner, John Goodner, Jacob Goodner, Wade Goodner, and Claude Goodner and sisters Francis Moorman, Helen Shank, Eva Nell Devor and Inez Goubeaux.

Edna has donated her body to the Indiana University School of Medicine to be used for the education of students in the health professions. She chose to do this in honor of her children and grandchildren who are involved in many different medical fields.  Memorial arrangements will be made at a later date at the discretion of the family.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church, Union City, Indiana, or State of the Heart Hospice, Greenville, Ohio.

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So sorry to hear of your mothers passing.  I had the opportunity to visit with her while in the nursing home a few months back.  It was wonderful to see her again.   I  pray your families are doing alright with your loss.  God bless.

Patrick E Cook Oct 10 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Anita and Family
It is a terrible thing to loose a parent.  It is especially difficult to loose a mother.  A mother is the one person who would kiss your boo-boos, holds your hand, or hugs you when the world seems to be closing in on you, and tells you that everything will be all right.  
The thing to remember is that she is a part of you, and no matter where you are, she will always be there for you.  You just need to close your eyes, and feel her in your heart, and she will be there.
Please find some solace in knowing that she is still with you in every way and was always very proud of each and every one of you.

Scott Forbes Sep 28 2020 12:00 AM

I am very sorry to hear about the death of Edna.  She was a wonderful person and remember her well from St. Mary"s Catholic Church.

Virgina Lee Cook Mitchell Sep 26 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of your Mothers passing.  She was a good neighbor for many years.  She was always willing to take time to stop and visit with you if you saw her on the street.  Again you have our Sy2mpathy!

Jay & Shirley Linn Sep 25 2020 12:00 AM

A great loss to her family and her community! One of the kindest people I ever had the privilege of knowing. She lifted me up at one of the lowest times in my life with a handwritten letter of love and compassion. May her family continue to carry on her legacy! Prayers for all of you for comfort, healing and God's blessings.

Teresa F Miklos Sep 23 2020 12:00 AM

I am so very sorry for you loss.  She lived a long a wonderful life and had the support of a wonderful family.

Linda Dunn Sep 23 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry for the loss of your Mother Edna. God be with you all during this time. We will keep you in our prayers.

Scott and Judith Stahl Sep 23 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss.

Carolyn Conyers and Robert Miller Sep 23 2020 12:00 AM

Anita & Family so sorry for your loss she was such a sweetheart

Randi Rose Sep 22 2020 12:00 AM