Albert (Sonny) Barta was born on November 17, 1944 at home in Belfield, North Dakota to Albert and Mary (Kudrna) Barta. He was the third of 10 siblings. He passed away on August 7, 2020 after a tough battle with cancer.
Sonny is survived by his loving wife Beverly (Rogers) Barta of 56 years; children Shane (Molly) Barta of Billings; Cory (Serena) Barta of Forsyth, Tina (Rocco) Toscano of Forsyth; Frank Barta of Forsyth; grandchildren Brennan (Charmayne) Barta of Billings; Taylor and Wyatt Wasserburger of Forsyth; Abby and Toby Barta of Forsyth; Sage and Cash Toscano of Laurel; great-grandchildren Travis and Paisley Barta of Billings; siblings Danny, Jim (wife Janette), Keith (wife Diane) and Allen (wife Janet) sisters MaryAnn Rausch, Shirley (Joe) Kemph, Linda (David) Calvin, and Rosie (Alvin) Stadel.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Clarence.
Sonny and family moved from North Dakota to Custer, Montana where he attended school. He then spent 32 years helping run Steiger Farms. Sonny’s family built many memories (and an outstanding work ethic!) while helping farm and irrigate. He would tell you that only the best tractors are green.
Sonny loved collecting John Deere memorabilia. Bev DIDN’T love having her house decorated in all things green and yellow! His favorites times were spent fishing on the Yellowstone with friends and family. Sonny was gifted with a wonderful musical ability. He couldn’t read music but could play the piano, harmonica, and accordion.
The family would like to thank friends, family and the Bucks (Longhorn Bar & Steakhouse in Rosebud) for the support at the fundraising benefit last summer. It meant the world to us to see how many people truly loved our Sonny boy. As he would say “You are my sunshine.”
Funeral services will be held Friday, August 14 at 11 a.m. at Stevenson and Sons in Forsyth. Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home have been entrusted with arrangements. To leave condolences for the family, visit our website at www.stevensonandsons.com. Honorary pallbearers are: Dallas Steiger, Warren Wasserburger, Wayne Buck, Brennan Barta, Taylor Wasserburger, Abby Barta, Wyatt Wasserburger, Toby Barta and Travis and Paisley Barta.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Friends and Family, PO Box 957, Forsyth, MT 59327.