Pat came to Holiday Resort in 2011. She was born on May 26, 1928, the sixth of seven children born to Arthur and Clara Schwartz on the farm Pat’s grandfather homesteaded south of Salina, Kansas. Her five sisters and one brother are all deceased.
Pat graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1946, where she excelled in typing and shorthand. She earned a pin for typing 100 words per minute on a manual typewriter. After high school Pat moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma near one of her married sisters. Pat started working as a secretary at American Airlines, where she met her future husband, Harold Barnthson. After work one afternoon, Harold asked Pat if she wanted to go see a movie or get married. Pat opted for marriage, so they eloped to Columbus, Kansas, got married and returned to Tulsa.
Shortly after that, they moved back to Kansas and farmed for several years on Harold’s family farm near Hiawatha. Three children were born and they also raised Harold’s nephew after Harold’s sister died. In 1960 Harold quit farming and worked for the federal government in civil service. He worked on many government projects, which required the family to move quite often.
Pat was a housewife, cooking and sewing for everyone in the family and packing to move with every job change. In all they moved more than 25 times over five different states in their 51 years of marriage. After their children grew up, Pat worked for H & R Block as a tax preparer for 10 years until Harold retired. In 1985 they moved back to Kansas. Harold died in 1999.
Pat has always enjoyed her puzzle books, quilting, family genealogy, sewing, (making both daughters’ wedding dresses), and cooking. She was on a bowling league for a while, too. Pat has eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Congratulations Pat for being chosen as
Our Resident of the Month