Everything tasted better at Charlotte’s house
Charlotte Barth, 77, of Pierre, died on July 29, 2014, at Avera St. Mary’s Transitional Care Unit in Pierre.
Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at First United Church in Pierre.
Burial was at Riverside Cemetery under the direction of Feigum Funeral Home of Pierre.
Charlotte Barth was born on Jan. 17, 1937, to Alvin Geist and Anna Trefz in Tolstoy, where she was raised on the farm and attended public school. She graduated from Gettysburg High School in 1955. That summer she enrolled at Northern State Teacher’s College in Aberdeen and graduated in 1957.
Charlotte married Ernie Barth in Tolstoy on Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, 1958. They lived in Tolstoy, Mobridge and Artesian before finally settling in Pierre in 1970, where she lived the rest of her life. They were blessed with four children, two boys and two girls, the boys older and the girls younger, just what Charlotte always wanted.
One of Charlotte’s dreams was to open a Christian bookstore and she accomplished that goal when Gospel Gardens opened in downtown Pierre in 1978. After the bookstore closed she began a career working for Dr. Lloyd Johnson as the office manager. She worked there for 22 years until her retirement.
Charlotte was very creative and musically talented. She loved doing crafts and was always looking for something new to make for the people she loved. She was an excellent cook and loved trying new recipes. Everything always tasted better at her house. Charlotte was a perfect grandma. Her grandchildren will remember all the holidays and other events she made special, like back-to-school parties and Easter egg hunts in her yard. Charlotte enjoyed playing the piano for the monthly worship services at Lincoln Apartments where she and Ernie lived.
So grateful for sharing Charlotte’s life are her husband of 56 years, Ernie; two sons, Perry (Susie) Barth of Omaha, Neb., and Randy (Donna) Barth of Pierre; two daughters, Vickie (Steve) Likness of Pierre and Patti (Mark) Broer of Rapid City; six grandchildren, Jessica (Brian) McVay, Natalie Likness, Mitchell Likness, Colton Hipple, Derek Hipple and Lei Broer; and her brother, Rowland Geist of Bismarck, N.D.
Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents.