Nathaniel Anthony Barbera

September 17, 1928 ~ March 10, 2020 (age 91)


Nathaniel A. Barbera, loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at the age of 91, surrounded by his family. He was born September 17, 1928 in Rockwood, He was the devoted husband of the late Anne Repetti Barbera, who preceded him in death in 2016 after 64 beautiful years of marriage. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Venera Barbera, and sisters Virginia Crimone (Ratsy) and Josephine Polakoski (Joseph). He is survived by his brother John (Carol), children Jeanne (Vincent Vaghi), Joseph (Elizabeth), Eileen Barbera Melvin (Matthew), Vincent (Melanie), Theresa A. Sanner (the late Samuel), nieces and nephews whom he loved as his own children, Mark Brown (Tami), Christina Mader (Kirk), Patrick Brown (Susan), Matthew Brown, special daughter Betty Christy, Grandchildren Theresa, Vincent Jr.(Katherine) and Francesca Vaghi, Christopher (Laura), Andrew (Kristen), Brian (Nina) and Francis Barbera, Elise Saur (Ben), Lauren Fink (Michael), Damian (Madison) and Emily Melvin, Chaddwick Miller (Nikki), Randi Thomas, Vincent (Stephanie), Nathaniel (Carla), Stephen (Katherine) Barbera, Anne Christine Clemens (Michael), Regina Coughenour (Andrew), and Mark Barbera, Anthony Sanner, Christina Webster (Byron), Anna Farrington (Frank), Maria Sanner, Andrea Hurd (Aaron), and Anthony Sanner II, 30 great grandchildren, numerous members of the Barbera, Polakoski and Crimone families, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, all of whom he loved so dearly. Special thanks to his longtime friends and caregivers Carol Stoy and Margaret DeWitt. After graduating from Catholic University of America and University of Pennsylvania Law School, Nathaniel founded the Barbera Law Firm, where he greatly enjoyed practicing law for 67 years. He was an accomplished trial lawyer and the past president and member of the Somerset County Bar Association. Nat was a devoted parishioner of St. Peter's Catholic Church, long-time member and supporter of the Somerset Rotary Club, past Board Member and Chairman of Somerset Community Hospital, and one of the founders of the Somerset County 4-H Development Fund. He was always committed to making life better for his family, friends and community. Nat loved sharing family experiences of fishing, hunting, playing accordion and piano and spending time at the lake with his beloved children and grandchildren.A viewing will be held at Hauger-Zeigler Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Somerset, Friday, March 13, 2020, 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Somerset on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Committal Somerset County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Peter's Catholic School and the Somerset County 4-H Development Fund. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the family requests if you have any health related concerns, please leave your condolences at

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