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Stephen Barto

Stephen R. Barto

Friday, August 26th, 1955 - Monday, September 23rd, 2019
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Stephen R. Barto, 64, of Hummelstown, passed away Monday, September 23, 2019, in the M. S. Hershey Medical Center with his loving wife by his side. A true warrior, Steve fought his lengthy illness with determination, strength and dignity.

Born in Hershey on August 26, 1955, he was the son of the late Richard R. and Emily J. Roberts Barto.

Steve retired as a Foreman for the Hershey Company. He was a 1973 graduate of the Hershey High School; and had attended Harrisburg Area Community College. Steve was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Hummelstown. A devoted family man, Steve found great pleasure in fishing and boating with his grandchildren, watching them play sports, and going out to eat with his family. He loved traveling to Las Vegas with his wife; riding his Harley Davidson especially when going to Bike Week in Ocean City, Maryland; and going to yard sales on Saturday mornings. An avid hockey fan and season ticket holder, Steve enjoyed going to Hershey Bears games.

Steve is survived by the love of his life and wife of 43 years, Connie A. Watts Barto, whom he married on December 13, 1975; two daughters, Megan Barto-Betz of Hershey, and Melissa Hallman wife of C.J. of Hummelstown; four grandchildren, Brenden Betz, Dylan Betz, Sophia Hallman and Braxton Hallman; a sister, Diana Anspach wife of Joseph of Grantville; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Steve was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Laudermilch.

A celebration of Steve’s life will be held Friday, September 27, 2019, at 11 AM in the Trinity United Methodist Church, 210 West Main Street, Hummelstown, with The Rev. Robert J. Kazinski, his pastor, officiating. Friends are invited to the visit with the family Friday in the church’s narthex from 9:30 AM until time of the service.

Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc., 114 West Main Street, Hummelstown, is handling the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Children’s Hospital, office of University Development and Alumni Relations, Mail Code A120, 600 Centerview Drive, PO Box 852, Hershey, PA 17033.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the doctors, nurses and aides at the Hershey Medical Center for their dedicated care of Steve.

Online condolences may be shared on www.trefzandbowser.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, September 27th, 2019 | 9:30am - 11:00am
    When
    Friday, September 27th, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am
    Location
    Trinity United Methodist Church
    Address
    210 West Main Street
    HUMMELSTOWN, PA 17036
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, September 27th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, September 27th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Trinity United Methodist Church
    Address
    210 West Main Street
    HUMMELSTOWN, PA 17036
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    The Rev. Robert J. Kazinski

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Jeannie Schiavo

Posted at 12:44pm
Dear Connie and family. I graduated with Steve and had the opportunity to see him at our class reunion last year. I don't believe I saw him in all those years and it just seemed like yesterday while talking with him at the reunion I didn't realize he was fighting his battle until it came up in conversation about me working at the Medical Center. I am glad I got to see him and at least touch base with a former classmate. I pray that you all find peace in all the happy memories you carry in your hearts. Watch for signs....he will always be with you!

With sympathy,
Jeannie (Leonard) Schiavo

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Michele Stultz Gaiski

Posted at 12:23pm
Connie, my heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. I pray that you find comfort amongst your family and friends and in your memories of Steve.
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Pam

Posted at 09:31am
We met Steve and Connie in Vegas. We looked forward to seeing them each year. We had so much fun with them. Steve always had a good story and was always smiling. My husband and Steve had many wonderful conversations. Steve was a great man and had so much love for his family, our country and God. We will miss him and will keep him in our hearts. Love and Prayers to the whole family from Pam & Joe Rogers, Houston, Texas
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Scot & Debbie Blouch

Posted at 10:25pm
Dearest Connie: Our hearts ache for you and for your family. May your sweet Steve rest in healthy peace until we all meet up with him again! ❤️🙏🏻❤️
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Erin Popernack

Posted at 08:57pm
My condolences to you and your family. With love, Erin, Ryan, Bobbi and Denny.
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