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Bertha Marie Barbot

Bertha Marie (Moynier) Barbot, the daughter of Marius and Adrienne (Florentine) Moynier was born on July 4, 1920 in Santa Monica, California.  She died at the age of 97 years on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at St. Francis Care Center in Breckenridge, Minnesota.

She was reared in the home of her parents and was the youngest of five children.  Bertha attended St. Augustine School in Culver City, CA and Catholic Girls High School in Los Angeles, CA., graduating in 1939.  She completed her education at the Frank Wiggins Trade School for 3 ½ years in Los Angeles.  Bertha took employment at Taylor Maid Blouses, a blouse factory in Los Angeles doing embroidery.  After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, a defense plant was built in Culver City, where Bertha was a drill press operator for 3 years. 

Bertha met her future husband when her family visited old friends who resided in North Dakota.  After several years of exchanging letters, she was united in marriage to John Floribert Barbot, a Rolette, North Dakota farmer on March 5, 1946.  Summers were spent in Rolette farming and winters at Culver City.  In 1954, the couple settled in Rugby, North Dakota where they raised their six children.  For 40 years Bertha volunteered at the Little Flower School in Rugby aiding in the lunch program, a foster grandmother to many of the students and helped in the library.  She was a member of Little Flower Catholic Church, Christian Mothers and a former 4-H Leader.  Bertha also enjoyed needle work, crocheting and in the summertime, relished the outdoors doing her year work.

Bertha’s passion was making rosaries, a hobby she started when she was 35 when she repaired her mother’s rosary.  This mission of Berth’s led her to make 75,000 rosaries by the age of 79.  The following 18 years she made many thousands more, along with her sister rosary enthusiasts.  She sent rosaries all over the world, many went to prisons, handed out at abortion clinics and school.

Bertha is survived by her children, Mary Anne (Rodney) Ekren of Bismarck, North Dakota; Jeannie Barbot of Fargo, North Dakota; Marguerite Bowie; and  Colleen (Kevin) Paczkowski of  Abercrombie, North Dakota; 14 grandchildren, Cynthia (Tim) Frederick; Stephanie (Craig) Kuntz; Jessica (Shawn) Bauer; Jenifer (Terry) Lauckner; Joseph (Jessica) Barbot; Julie (Ben) Sandstrom; Jared Barbot; Britt Lindquist; Gregory (Margie) Carlson; Jeffrey (Jacklyne) Carlson, Tabitha Wolfe; Angela Newkirk; Nicholas (Jasmine) Paczkowski; Shawn (Alexandra) Paczkowski and Alexander Paczkowski; 19 great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband; daughter Rose Marie Carlson; and son John A. Barbot; sisters Helene Airey and Claire Moynier; brothers Gustave and Andre Moynier; and her parents.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at on Monday, February 12 at Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby with spring burial in the church cemetery.  Fr. Tom Graner, Celebrant

Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 7:00 p.m.  Sunday with a rosary and vigil service beginning at 7.p, m.  Visitation will continue Monday from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., all in the Anderson Funeral Home, Rugby.  There will be no reviewal in the church.

Posted Condolences:

My condolences to the family of Bertha.  I remember her as a very classy lady when I had Colleen in my class at Little Flower School.  May the good memories of her bring you consolation.
Margaret Bitz

Your mom, grandma was my mom's best friend when she Jean Kappel)lived in rugby. I'm so glad he shared the story about all the rosaries that Bertha made. My mom talked about that all the time and my mom also would find broken rosaries and take them over for your mom to fix. When mom had to move to Fargo chef and talked about how she missed Bertha. Bertha made a huge impact on my mom‘s life and brought a lot of joy. She obviously brought a lot of blessings to people around the world with her passion and talent for working on rosaries. My thoughts and prayers to the entire family and Bertha certainly left a legacy
Kathy Kappel Meagher



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