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Official Obituary of

John J. Barna

March 19, 1932 ~ February 5, 2024 (age 91) 91 Years Old

John Barna Obituary

John J. Barna

1932 - 2024


John J. (Hermie) Barna, 91, formerly of Freeland and Nesquehoning entered into eternal rest on February 5, 2024, at Heritage Hill Senior Living, Weatherly, PA

He was born in Freeland on March 19,1932, to the late John and Helen (Brezina) Barna.  He was a graduate of Freeland High School, Class of 1950 and served with the U.S. Army in Germany. After his discharge from the Army, John attended Kings College and worked briefly at Split Rock Resort. He then served as a police officer in Freeland and as Chief of Police for a few years.  He retired as a Pennsylvania Liquor Control Officer.

John was a well-known basketball player on the Freeland High School 1945-50 team and played during his time in the Army and at Kings College.

He was also known as a notable golfer and was a previous member at the Berwick Golf Club, Reading Country Club, and the Mahoning Country Club.  He also volunteered at Mountain Valley Golf Course.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his former wife Jean Urenovich, daughter Lisa, brothers George and Thomas, and sisters Margaret Dolinsky, Helen Novotnak, and Mary Sims.

He is survived by his son Gary (Crystal) of Camp Hill, PA, daughter Karen (George) Lill of Schnecksville, PA, brothers Joseph and Edward (Marie) both of Freeland, PA, five grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

We would like to express our sincere thank you to all the staff at Heritage Hill Senior Living and Pillar Hospice.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, February 15, 2024 in Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, 898 Centre St., Freeland, PA 18224. Military interment will be held in St. John Roman Catholic Cemetery, Freeland. Family will receive friends 11-12:00 P.M. in the church. Donations will be accepted in his name to Heritage Hills Senior Living, 800 6th St., Weatherly, PA 18255 or Family Pillar Hospice, 3910 Adler Place, Bethlehem, PA 18017. Online condolences at

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Memorial Mass
February 15, 2024

12:00 PM
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church
898 Centre St.
Freeland, PA 18224

February 15, 2024

11:00 PM to 12:00 PM
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church
898 Centre St.
Freeland, PA 18224


Heritage Hills Senior Living
800 6th St., Weatherly PA 18255

Family Pillar Hospice
3910 Adler Place, Bethlehem PA 18017


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