Susan J. Barth

June 01, 1956 - September 12, 2022


Obituary For Susan J. Barth

Susan J. Barth, age 66, of Madison, WI, passed away peacefully in her sleep the week of Sept 12, 2022. She was born in Appleton, WI on June 1, 1956, the daughter of William (Bill) and Jean (Sweet) Emnott.

Susan graduated from Menomonee Falls North High School and later went on to attend the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse before ultimately graduating from Concordia University with a degree in Nursing Home Care Administration.

She married Lawrence (Larry) Hart on July 15, 1978 and went on to live in Tucson, AZ where she had her first son, Jason Hart. She later married Ken Barth on November 3, 1982, and had her son and daughter, Gregory and Natalie (Green) Barth.

Throughout her life, Susan was a hard worker and held various roles, but the most persistent was her career at the Madison Concourse Hotel in Madison, WI. She spent the better part of 20 years as a loyal employee where she made many friends throughout her years of service. Susan also had a passion for helping the elderly and, for a brief time, owned and operated her own community based retirement facility.

Susan was a gentle soul with a kind and loving heart. In their early years, she poured herself into her children and worked tirelessly to ensure they were well cared for. She was also passionate about her many cats that kept her company throughout the years.

Susan fought many battles over the course of her life, with the predominant villain being alcoholism. Her journey was full of heartbreak with the occasional glimpse of sunlight, but regardless of if she was battling or recovering, she was always loved by her children and grandchildren.

Susan is survived by her former husband, Lawrence Hart, their son, Jason Hart; her second former husband, Ken Barth, and their children Gregory Barth and Natalie (Barth) Green. She was blessed with eight grandchildren through Jason being William, Joshua, Samuel; and through Natalie being Daniel, Buck, Mark, Jade, and Colt. Susan is also survived by her brother, Mark Emnott.

Susan was preceded in death by her parents William (Bill) and Jean Emnott.

A time of visiting, sharing memories, and reunion will take place from 4:30-5:30 p.m. with a brief service being conducted from 5:30-6 p.m. at Ryan Funeral Home, 6924 Lake Road, DeForest. Burial services will be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at 12pm at Lake View Memorial Park in Oshkosh.

In lieu of flowers, donations are being accepted for the Foundation for Alcoholism Research at

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Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services Windsor/DeForest Chapel 6924 Lake Road 608-846-4250


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  • September 22, 2022

    This beautiful soul is another of the many fine people from our High School class that suffered the ravages of alcohol. But the many wonderful pictures show she did have a rewarding life despite her challenges. Her spirit will carry on through her family and friends, be free now.

  • September 22, 2022

    Sue Barth was our childcare provider in the late 1980's, watching our 3 sons and our daughter. She was a great friend, stylish, fun, beautiful, and a kind & compassionate caregiver. All of our children have fond memories of their time in her home. Sue was always sweet & accommodating, even willing to watch our youngest 2 children while we vacationed in Colorado, caring for them without complaining when they came down with chicken pox and had high fevers while we were away. Sue was an invaluable extension of our family when our children were young. So sorry to have just become aware of her passing and missing her service. We will always lovingly remember Sue. Pat & Rolly Portz

  • September 20, 2022

    So sorry to Sue's family for your loss. I graduated with Sue and remember her as a very soft spoken and quiet girl, she was in my home room and she was such a beautiful person. May she rest in peace. Ellen (Fish) Decker

  • September 19, 2022

    May Susan's precious & beautiful soul rest in peace

  • September 19, 2022

    My memories of Susan are that she had a kind and gentle heart. Alcoholism is such a disease that destroys so much. Thank you to the family for sharing the truth regarding her death. May peace be with each of you.

  • September 19, 2022

    We are sorry to hear of Sue's passing, she was always such a sweet person, we hope she is at peace. The Harts

  • September 19, 2022


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