Br. Adrian Barga

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Br. Adrian Barga, C.PP.S., 91, died at 11 p.m. on Monday, October 13, 2014, in the infirmary of St. Charles Center in Carthagena, Ohio, where he made his home. He had been in failing health.
He was born in Rossburg, Ohio, on September 7, 1923, to Victor and Anna (Mangen) Barga. He entered the Society of the Precious Blood in 1950 and was professed a religious brother on July 1, 1951.
Br. Adrian worked for many years on the Congregation's farms, first at St. Charles, then, beginning in 1956, at Brunnerdale Seminary in Canton, Ohio, where he served as farm manager for many years. Br. Adrian returned to St. Charles in 1988 and made his home there for the past 26 years.
Br. Adrian was the last of his brothers and sisters. Survivors include two sisters-in-law, Melva Barga and Lucy Barga, both of Rossburg, and numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by four sisters and their husbands, Dorothy and Paul Goubeaux, Luella and Theodore Echemann, Thelma and John Welch, and Mary and Ott Grieshop; and seven brothers and five of their wives, Vitalis and Mary Barga, Vernon and Helen Barga, Ivan and Ella Mae Barga, Eugene Barga, Fr. Louis Barga, C.PP.S., Othor and Dorothy Barga, and Duane Barga.
Br. Adrian was a hard worker with a gentle spirit, said Br. Jerome Schulte, C.PP.S., who ministered alongside Br. Adrian on the farm at Brunnerdale for more than 25 years. "Br. Adrian was very attuned to life on the farm, and always knew what had to be done next," Br. Jerry said. "He was gentle in the way he let you know what was expected of you—and if he was sure about something, he would let you know it, not in a prideful way, but with the confidence that comes from knowing he was right."
Br. Adrian was committed to his life as a religious brother, and was a lifelong fan of the Cincinnati Reds.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Charles Center at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 17, with Fr. Thomas Hemm, C.PP.S., presiding. Burial will follow in the Community cemetery.
Calling hours at St. Charles will be held Thursday, October 16, from 1-5 and 7-9 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. led by Fr. Ron Schiml, C.PP.S.
Memorial donations may be made to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Cincinnati Province.