Kathryn “Kathy” Barth

Interment for 94-year old Kathryn “Kathy” Barth Mischnick will be in the Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, SD. 

Memorials can be given to Ponderosa Villa Retirement Home in Crawford, NE, with donations sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.

Online condolences may be left at chamberlainchapel.com       

Chamberlain Chapel is in charge of arrangements for Kathy Barth.

 Kathryn V. Barth was born on April 2, 1926 to James and Eunice Tice on April 2, 1926 in Gordon, NE, and passed away at Ponderosa Villa in Crawford, NE, on Friday, November 27, 2020 

Kathy was the youngest of five children and spent her youth on the family farm southeast of Gordon during the “dirty thirties.” She would talk of her family life during this time as being tight but always having the family together and plenty to eat. 

While growing up, part of her time was spent helping the family of five children by watching the cattle, raising the garden, climbing and oiling the tallest windmill in Sheridan County, and family get-togethers, especially the picnics along the Niobrara River. 

Attending school a mile from her home through eighth grade, she would ride her horse to the country school in good weather or her father would drive her to school. 

Kathy attended high school in Gordon where she lived in town during the week, living with a family with children for whom she would babysit when the parents went out, and going home on weekends. She also worked at the local movie theater as an usher where she was able to see her favorite movies several times.

Kathy graduated from Gordon High School with the class of 1944. Shortly after graduating, Kathy went to work in the Grand Island Cornhusker Ordnance Plant, (munitions plant) to help the war effort making bombs. 

She then taught school in Cody, NE, and later in Beaver Valley north of Hay Springs, NE. While teaching at Beaver Valley in 1945, she attended a dance with friends and met Clifford (Cliff) Barth, who had recently returned from WW2 where he had served in North Africa and Europe. 

They were married in June of 1947 after a blizzard that delayed their wedding by several hours. To this union were born three children, Ellen, James (Jim), and David. 

The newlyweds moved to Alliance, NE, where Cliff was working.  In 1951, Kathy was confirmed into the Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church LCMS where she also taught Sunday School. Kathy worked as a homemaker in addition to working for JC Penny’s, ASCS, PCA, Gibson’s, Iron Man industries and Weight Watchers

Throughout their marriage, Cliff and Kathy enjoyed square dancing, traveling, and photography. Both would take pictures and discuss their settings and whose camera actually took the better pictures. They captured many memories of places and occasions which are fondly remembered by her family.

When the children were grown and out on their own, Kathy continued staying busy by taking college courses (computer, writing, and history) and joined a writing group to share her recollections of her youth and family. 

A nice highlight of their life was their trip to Turkey where their son Jim and family were living while Jim was stationed there in the USAF. 

After an extended illness, Cliff died in 1990 after 43 years of marriage.Kathy, in time, chose to return to a busy life, attending her church groups, clubs, and classes. One night she attended a square dance and became reacquainted with Art Mischnick (he and his late wife had square danced in their early years also). 

The two were married in 1993 in Alliance.  Both enjoyed square dancing, church, and volunteering with several organizations. 

Following Art’s death in 2000, Kathy continued to remain active attending area dances, doll shows, and her many other interests. In 2015, Kathy moved to Crawford to live with her daughter. 

Kathy was preceded in death by her husbands: Cliff Barth and Art Mischnick, her son: David, her parents: James and Eunice Tice, her brothers: Leroy and Donald Tice, her sisters: Evelyn Skanadore and Mary Lucille Cone, brother-in-law: Donald Barth. 

She is survived by her children: Ellen (William) Gartner of Crawford, Jim (Jeanie) Barth of Beaverton, OR, and her grandchildren: Lauri (Ken) Puttman of Beaverton, Tim (Amy) Gartner of Rapid City, SD, Stephanie Barth of Hastings, NE, Katie (Bret) Featherngill of Chadron, and seven great grandchildren.

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