- Barta, Ed View/Sign Guest Book ED BARTA SHINER - Edward Joseph Barta passed away unexpectedly on Sunday afternoon during his daily walk at the Shiner ParkMessage 1 of 1 , Jan 8, 2008View Source
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ED BARTASHINER - Edward Joseph Barta passed away unexpectedly on Sunday afternoon during his daily walk at the Shiner Park walking track. He was 66 years old.
Ed was born on May 23, 1941, in Yoakum, to Joe and Erna Barta. In 1959, he graduated from East Bernard High School where he played on the 1958 varsity football team, which advanced further into the playoffs than any team in the school's history up to that time.In 1962, Ed enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Hawaii for the duration of his service. After receiving an honorable discharge, he began his career with the U.S. Post Office. For the next 35 years, he had a distinguished career as a carrier in Houston before retiring in 1998. In his spare time, Ed was an avid Houston sports fan who rarely missed a home game for his beloved Oilers. He also enjoyed Texas high school football and the Astros, as well as frequent trips to Louisiana and Nevada casinos where his luck never failed him.
Upon retirement, Ed moved to Shiner, to be near his mother and started a power washing business to clean homes, driveways and especially cemetery plots. The restoration of graves in the Shiner cemetery was of special interest to him. He cleaned and refurbished more than 150 otherwise neglected graves in the cemetery in recent years. Ed also volunteered his time to drive area cancer patients to and from hospitals in San Antonio, Houston, Corpus Christi and Victoria for treatments. He was a very generous man with his time and talents in this life and by donating his organs to others in need, his spirit of giving will continue to benefit others even in death.
Ed was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Jerome Barta. He is survived by his mother, Erna Dolejsi Barta of Shiner; sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Joe Crow of Austin; and nephew and wife, Chad and Kori Crow of Austin.
A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. today, Jan. 8 in Shiner at Buffington Funeral Home, 520 N. Ave C. Mass will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9 in Shiner at Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, 306 S. Ave F, with a graveside service immediately to follow.In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Shiner Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 1535, Shiner, Texas 77984 or a charity of your choice.
Published in the Victoria Advocate on 1/8/2008.