Marcella Lennemann Barton, 101, of West Point, died Monday, April 17, 2017 at Premier Estates in West Point. Funeral Mass will be Friday, April 21 at 10:00am at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Snyder with Fr. Don Cleary as celebrant. Burial will be at St. Leo’s Cemetery with lunch following at the Snyder Auditorium. Visitation will be Thursday from 3:00pm to 7:00pm with a Vigil Service at 7:00pm all at St. Leo’s Catholic Church. Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or St. Leo’s Catholic Church. Stokely Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Marcella Marie Halbur was born on a Sunday afternoon on September 14, 1915 to Henry and Georgia (Meyer) Halbur. She grew up on the family farm in southern Cuming County and attended St. Boniface Catholic School at Monterey until the 8th grade. She would take horse and buggy to school and in the winter would board with the nuns. As her other siblings moved away from home during the Great Depression, it became more important for Marcella to stay home and help on the farm. On May 28, 1940, Marcella married Leo Lennemann at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Snyder. Marcy tended to the home and children while Leo operated an implement repair business in Snyder. After 14 years of marriage, Leo tragically lost his life as a member of the Volunteer Fire Department at a Civil Defense demonstration at the Scribner Air Force Base. Several years later, Marcy began to work at Campbell’s Soup in Fremont where she would meet her second husband. In 1967, Marcella married Ray Barton in Fremont.
Marcella was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Point and St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Snyder. Among the things she loved were family, her Catholic faith, the vivid sunsets of the Great Plains, and beautiful landscapes. She cherished her good friends who were by her side when most needed. Her life was one with many trials. Through her strength, she was able to keep the family together through the most trying time.
Survivors include sons, John L. (Mary Ann) Lennemann of Snyder and Paul J. (Kim) Lennemann of Glenwood, IA; daughters, Diane (David) Peitzmeier of Edmond, OK and Linda (David) Baumert of West Point; 21 grandchildren and 47 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Leo Lennemann and Ray Barton; and siblings, Joseph Halbur, Benjamin Halbur, William Halbur, Raymond Halbur, Theresa Batenhorst, Clara Batenhorst, Wilfreda Lowe, and Kathrine Peatrowsky.