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Errol Duane Bartz, age 74, was surrounded by family and friends as he passed peacefully into the arms of his Lord and Savior on January 27, 2021, after a two-year struggle with cancer. He faced this adversity with the bravery and head-strong tenacity he brought to every aspect of his life. Errol had a competency for making the simple complicated, for “saving” things “just in case” to the chagrin of his wife, his love for fishing and adventure, his passion for traveling with friends, and his ability to make the impossible possible. We will see touches of Errol’s numerous projects in every corner of our lives. Errol never made excuses, and never accepted them. He taught all those around him to appreciate the time we have together with those we love and in return, was loved deeply by those who knew him.
Errol was honorably discharged in 1970 after proudly serving in Vietnam as a Sergeant in the Marine Corps beginning in 1966. Upon his return, he spent 36 years working at Aero System Engineering in St. Paul, one week after his retirement he was rehired to consult until officially retiring again in December of 2018.
Errol is survived by his loving and supportive wife of almost 52 years, Cindy. His children, Todd Bartz (partner Ben Maestas), Wendy (Travis) Bartz-Soppa; grand children Jordan Gollner (friend Elizabeth), Maggie Soppa, Chesie Soppa-Greuel, and Alex Crivits; mother Ruth Bartz; sisters Shirley Meloche and Rae Ann Bartz; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and many other extended family members and friends.
He was reunited in heaven with his father Marvin; brother Larry; grandparents Max and Irene Bartz, and Elizabeth Borgeson.
Errol will be profoundly missed by his church family. He unselfishly gave his time and talents to the glory of God in his endless demonstration of God’s love for his brothers and sisters in Christ. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent in honor of Errol Bartz, to Grace of God Lutheran Church, 420 Hayward Avenue N., Oakdale, Minnesota, 55128.
Private service are being held. Please contact the family directly if you feel that you were supposed to be invited to the livestream option. If you miss the livestreaming option of the service it will be posted below this obituary Saturday after 5 PM for PUBLIC viewing- simply click on the video to play.
While maintaining social distancing guidelines, we are now able to accommodate gatherings while abiding to a 50% capacity at the facility. The use of face masks by attendees is required at indoor events, and we will continue taking the necessary steps to keep your families safe. Expressions of sympathy during this time can be left on the condolences page available on the obituary portion on our website. We also encourage you to view the video tribute once it becomes available or complete the HeartStrings online sympathy page with the link above.