Michael Henry Barbera

June 23, 1943June 28, 2013

Michael (Mike) H. Barbera of Plano, Texas, died at his home on June 28, 2013, after a battle with lung cancer. Mike was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and had just celebrated his 70th birthday days before the time of his death. Mike was the son of Harold J. Barbera (LTC USA-Retired) and Mary Fina Barbera both of Gurnee, Illinois. Both preceded Mike in death. Mike is survived by his loving wife Pamela, son Nathan, daughter-in-law Alisha Penland Barbera and grandson Palmer all of Plano, Texas as well as his sister Jeanne Binder of Waukesha, Wisconsin and her husband Tom and brother William (Bill) of Lindenhurst, Illinois and his wife Cheryl. Mike graduated from Baker High School in Columbus, Georgia, and attended both the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin – Madison and graduated with a BSEE degree. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He served with the U.S. Army Strategic Communications Command in Korea as well as the 50th Signal Battalion of the 18th Airborne Corps at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. Upon leaving the service, he became employed by Collins Radio Co. of Richardson, Texas as a microwave systems engineer. Collins Radio morphed into Rockwell International which further morphed into Alcatel. Mike served as a telecommunications system engineer, senior project engineer, program manager, engineering group leader, engineering department director, product manager and Sr. Director of Microwave Product Management. Mike enjoyed a 33-year career with Collins/Rockwell/Alcatel. Mike loved his Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers. He loved to chill out by the pool while listening to the blues and Willie Nelson. His love for the blues took him and his son, Nathan, his brother Bill, and his nephews and nieces to Chicago each year to see Buddy Guy live at Legends. One of Mike’s passions was photography and he even made a bedroom into a darkroom. (He really hated it when everything went digital!) Mike also loved to take cruises. He & Pam went everywhere from Norway to St. Petersburg, Russia. Since he worked for only one company his whole life, which is a rarity, he made many valued friends at the office. After his retirement, Mike enjoyed his quarterly “Beer Call Tuesday” with his former co-workers to lift a mug or two. In his more active years, Mike played tennis but became content to watch it on television later in life. Above all, Mike loved his family with a passion. He and Pam were married for 43 years. They often celebrated the 4th of July with their friends at a pool party in the backyard for a number of years. As his son Nathan became an adult, the two of them became very close. Nathan learned so much from his dad and they did a lot of things together. His grandson, Palmer, was the light of his life. Mike faithfully attended his Blastball (beginner T-Ball) games every weekend. You haven’t lived until you have seen a 4 year old play ball! A man who loved life, he will be missed by all. Well done, good and faithful servant. A service celebrating his life will be held at Saint Michael And All Angels Episcopal Church, 8011 Douglas Avenue, Dallas on July 9th at 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society at PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 ( or the Music Ministry of Saint Michael And All Angels.



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Rebecca Horn

September 10, 2013

My husband, Wayne Bartlett, just let me know about your husband passing. I am so sorry I missed this notice. Just wanted to send prayers your way. My first husband, Robert (Bob) Horn who passed away in 2008 from cancer, worked at Rockwell/Alcatel during the same time yours did! Bob was in many departments, the last being communications/tech writing. He was layed off in 2001 just before 9/11. I wonder if they knew each other? Prayers for you. Rebecca Horn

August 3, 2013

Pam; Sorry about the lateness of this entry, but we were out of town for most of July. How well we recall Friday night tennis mixers so many years ago, followed by the sweaty group trecking up to the clubhouse to eat, drink, and dance. Dancing was tough in tennis shoes, but we managed. We think of the days when Nathan baby sat, and, much more recently, tried to break down my pro-plaintiff testimony in court. We remember the two of you full of fun and life, and were deeply saddened to hear of Mike's passing.

Mike Mead

July 9, 2013

Mike was one of a few individuals at Rockwell-Collins that helped me during the early years of my career. I have nothing but pleasant memories of Mike.

Joy & Tim Shideler

July 8, 2013

Pam - I was so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. We all had such good times together playing tennis at Willow Bend on Friday nights. He will be greatly missed by all. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Jayne Leighton

July 8, 2013

We have all lost a wonderful friend and mentor. The best part about Mike was when he smiled, he smiled with his heart! Pam, my thoughts and prayers are with your family and you. Know that Mike touched many lives and hearts and made us what we are today, for that we thank him and you!

John Williams

July 6, 2013

Mike was a dedicated employee and promoter of the Alcatel products and its people. He was a pleasure to work with, and was very highly respected by his peers. A sad loss.

Dennis Riddle

July 6, 2013

Pam, I was so deeply sadden to hear that Mike had lost his battle with lung cancer. Mike and I talked and discussed the battle and had high hopes of a remission. I know you and Nathan with miss him everyday and he will always be in our hearts and mind. If I can be any help to you in the days ahead please do not hesitate to contact me.

With a Sad Heart

Dennis Riddle

Taber Bearden

July 5, 2013

I worked with Mike on various projects at Rockwell and Alcatel and always had the highest respect for him.

Sometimes Mike didn't give the answer we wanted to hear from a sales view but he always gave the right, integrity answer.

Mike was one of the most passionate people I ever worked with. He worked hard and laughed often, a great combination!

Pam and the family will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

Martha Tidwell

July 4, 2013

Pam and Nathan - so deeply saddened to learn of your loss. I have so many cherished and happy memories of our days at Willow Bend. Blessed peace to you all.

Claudia Shockey

July 4, 2013

Dearest Pam and family,
My deepest sympathy to all... May God grant you all peace. Heaven has a new angel and I know he'll watch over his family.... God bless....