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Donald Raymond Barcheck (Barczak)

April 8, 1930 ~ March 20, 2020 (age 89)


Donald R. Barcheck (Barzack), 89, beloved husband, father and grandfather died March 20, 2020. Born April 8, 1930 to Edward and Edna Barcheck in Natrona, PA he is survived by his loving wife Marjorie Barcheck; daughter and husband Michelle & Eric Helewicz; granddaughters Hannah Carrara, Kristen Carrara, Serena Helewicz, and Katie Carrara. Throughout his life, Don expressed a strong faith and love for those around him.

Don’s life included many interesting twists and turns. He had so many stories, I don’t think we ever heard all of them. As a young man he worked in the steel mills, an ice cream store and slept on the beach as a surf bum.

He graduated from St. Thomas Seminary in Denver. In 1956, he was ordained a Catholic priest. He served for many years in New Mexico. He especially enjoyed his time working with the community around Carizozo, NM. He enjoyed being outdoors fishing or enjoying New Mexico scenery.

Later he was one of the first teachers at St. Pius High School in Albuquerque, NM, where he taught Latin and coached basketball. Over the years he stayed in contact with many of his former students, acting as an advisor and supporter throughout their lives. Those first students always had a special place in his heart. Throughout the rest of his career, he worked as an administrator for the State of New Mexico.

In 1974 he left the priesthood and married Marjorie. They enjoyed 45 years of marriage. Don was a loving father and grandfather. His family was always the center of his life. He enjoyed family dinners, trips and rooting for Notre Dame. He supported many Catholic charities throughout his life and continued correspondences with nuns around the country.

Well done good and faithful servant. He will be remembered with love and dearly missed.

A memorial mass will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Church of the Incarnation Catholic Church at 2309 Monterrey Rd. NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87144.

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