AURORA - Nikki Barta, of Aurora and Solon, passed away peacefully on March 1st at age 77 surrounded by family. She died from complications from pneumonia.

Nikki was born in Spring City, Tennessee, to Howard Johnson and Lenora (Nelson) Johnson and moved to Ohio as a baby. After graduating from Brush High School, Nikki worked at WS Tyler company, where she met her future husband Leslie A. Barta. Les and Nikki were married in 1963; they had been married 55 years at the time of her death.

Nikki is survived by her husband Les of Aurora; son Michael Barta of Memphis, Tennessee (Anne Emmerth); daughter Christine Fetsko of Twinsburg (Mark); and grandson Matthew Fetsko. Nikki worked professionally in a variety of administrative and office manager roles in Solon. Nikki loved to travel, playing cards, chocolate, cats, and excursions with her girlfriends. She was a loyal and longtime friend to many.

A celebration of her life will occur on March 16 at Blessing-Hine Funeral Home at 8592 Darrow Road in Twinsburg. The family will receive friends from 10:30 AM until the service at 11:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to benefit Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or any local organization that helps cats. Online condolences may be made at www.blessingfuneralhome.com.