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Virginia H. Barto

Virginia H. Barto, age 88, 211 Port Noble Drive, Bloomsburg, died at 3:45 a. m. Sunday, December 11, 2016 at The Gardens At Orangeville, where she resided for three weeks. She was in failing health for several years.

Born in Muncy on May 2, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Bernard George and Nora Virginia (Hall) Herlt. She resided in Bloomsburg since 1988 and prior to that lived in Holmdel, New Jersey for 31 years.

Virginia was a graduate of Williamsport High School in 1946. She received her B.A. degree from Lycoming College in 1950 and her MSLS degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

She was a librarian, starting her career in the Brooklyn, New York Public Library and next worked in the John W. Long Library at Lycoming College. She then was the librarian in the Roselle Park, New Jersey,  School District and last in the Holmdel Township, New Jersey,  School District where she was employed from 1965 until retiring in 1988.

Virginia volunteered at the Bloomsburg Public Library and also at the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold E. Barto, on February 6, 2007 and two brothers: Bernard George Herlt, Jr., on March 14, 2008 and Harry Richard Herlt on October 5, 1998.

Surviving are a son, Jeffrey Keith Herlt, and his wife Mary Ellen, Suwanee, Ga.; a daughter, Elizabeth Hope, wife of Keith Gary Stauder, Orangeville; and  four grandchildren; Colton James Barto; Kimberly Hope Stauder; Katherine Elizabeth Barto; and Jennifer Anne Barto. She was the last of her immediate family.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be made in the Picture Rocks Cemetery, Lycoming County. There will be no viewing.

Memorials may be sent to the Bloomsburg Public Library, 225 Market St., Bloomsburg or the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard, c/o St. Columba Church, P. O. Box 829, Bloomsburg, Pa

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Dear Liz and Gary, Jeff and Mary Ellen, and all of your children: We were profoundly and deeply saddened to read the news yesterday about Virginia's passing and we send you our deepest sympathies. Your Mom and Dad were really our "parents" and first, best friends when we came to Monmouth College nearly 40 years ago and, as you know, after they retired to Bloomsburg, we always loved our visits with them with our sons, Tim and Mark, and the times we all spent at Knoebels. We could write so much more but we will always remember Virginia for her warm heart, welcoming hospitality, and always making us feel at home. Ironically, Tim was passing through Bloomsburg last night on his way to join his wife, Emily, their daughter, Viola, and his in-laws today in Chicago for Christmas. I told him today and he joins us in expressing sincere condolences. You will all be in our prayers that will celebrate your wonderful Mom and Dad and will, hopefully, bring you peace and blessed memories always of your time together. With love, Tom and Susie

Tom and Susie Pearson Dec 17 2016 12:00 AM

Thank you Hal. Your eloquent writing is a reflection of how Virginia approached all aspects of her life. She was fond of you and enjoyed sharing conversations and readings with you. We also appreciated your support, when her health began to fail.

Elizabeth Dec 14 2016 12:00 AM

Virginia was a dear friend. Jerri and I got to know Virginia from the library. We enjoyed many
lunches with her and will miss her very much. By love is being sent to you and your family.

Ruth Ann Lemons Dec 12 2016 12:00 AM

Such a gracious and dignified person. Virginia's work at Bloomsburg Public Library was an invaluable part of our service. Her kindness and intelligence were hallmarks of her work as a librarian. She helped make the library a special place for all who visited, and even more special for those of us who were lucky enough to be her co-workers.

Hal Pratt Dec 12 2016 12:00 AM

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Expression of Sympathy Dec 12 2016 12:00 AM

Thank you Ruth Ann for your sentiments. Virginia always looked forward to your get together and cherished your friendship.

Elizabeth Dec 12 2016 12:00 AM