Jeffrey M. Barta
Jeffrey M. Barta passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and family on Monday, August 8, 2016.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles D. Barta; his mother, Marcella (Eisenbart) Barta; an infant brother Timothy Barta; his brother-in-law Kevin Dunn; and dear friend Daryl Tonn. He is survived by his wife and soul mate of 40 years. Joette; his three children, Casey LaConte (Jacob), Alex (Chelsey) and Drea Arn (Kyle); and sister Mary Jo Dunn. He is further survived by grandchildren Mason, Jackson, Lincoln, Lainey and a player to be named later this year. He is also survived by nieces Grace Dunn and Parker Sinner and nephew Max Sinner. He also leaves behind brothers-in-law Guy Sinner (Kourtney Birk) and Craig Sinner and sisterin- law Tracy Sinner (Steve Vnuk), as well as lifelong friends Matt Beres (Sheryl) and Jim Young (Susan), as well as Laurie Tonn. Edward and Diane Sinner will miss their favorite son-in-law as well. His furever friends ó Big Willy, Bowser and Buddy ó are missing him already.
Jeffís passions included, first and foremost, his family and friends. He also enjoyed Canadian walleye fishing, and now Joette will finally be able to beat his fish count. He also loved Lake Michigan sport fishing, cigars, traveling, whiskey as well as his beloved Green Bay Packers. Jeff was a Green Bay Packers stockholder and had not missed a game in years. His Goooooooo Packers cheer will be greatly missed by many at the Nice Ash Packer Parties. Jeff was a lifelong golfer, got a hole-in-one in 2013 and was a part of an elite foursome that was undefeated in the Fisher House of WI golf outings. He was a patient poker player who was willing to share his many skills. He loved the game and kindled an enthusiastic interest in others. In 2012, he finished 21st out of 2,795 entrants in the 43rd annual World Series of Poker tournament in Las Vegas and took home a nice cash prize. Jeff would tell you himself that itís not about the cards youíre dealt but how you played the hand, and he played his hand well, oh so very well.
Jeff was very active in his profession of residential real estate appraisal. He sat on the state of Wisconsinís first Real Estate Appraisal Board and earned the very first designation awarded. He was on the first YAC (Young Advisory Council) committee for the Employee Relocation Council. Jeff earned the Worldwide ERC Presidentís Award as well as the prestigious SCRP designation. He coauthored the 2001 Worldwide ERC Appraisal Form & Guidebook and the 2010 WERC appraisal guide. He was an early member and served as president of the Wisconsin ERC and as president of RAC, (Relocation Appraisers & Consultants). He was published in Mobility magazine, chaired the appraisal standards board, and received the presidentís award 2001 and 2011. Jeff served as VP, executive director and president of The Relocation Center in Milwaukee, president of Mobility Advocates and president of Jeff Barta Valuations. He also worked at the Nice Cigar Bar drinking and smoking up all the profits, schmoozing with their amazing customers and developing their monthly cigar and whiskey pairings.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Fluffy Dog Rescue, Fisher House Wisconsin or the American Heart Association in Jeffís name are preferred.
Visitation will be from 1 pm to 4 pm on Sunday, August 14, at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 Bluemound Road (at highways J and JJ, four blocks south of Interstate 94), Waukesha. A service by the Rev. Jim Gorman will be at 4 pm. A celebration of life at Nice Ash will immediately follow the service. Those of you that knew Jeff well knew he was not one for formal dress. He would love to look down on all his friends remembering him wearing their Green Bay Packers finery.
Church and Chapel Funeral Home of Waukesha is serving the family. For more information, call 262-827-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com to view the online obituary or leave condolences.
Jeff, we love you, we will miss you and you will always be in our hearts. May all your lines be wet and all your hooks be sharp.