Opal Maxine Bertsch (May 29, 2014)

11409 Photo OvalDecember 20, 1920 ~ May 29, 2014

Sunday, June 1, 2014
2:00-9:00 PM
Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home
Harlan, IA
The family will be present to greet friends from 3:00-6:00 PM at the Funeral Home.

Monday, June 2, 2014
11:00 AM
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Harlan, IA
Burial will be in the Harlan Cemetery, Harlan, IA

3 Sons – Bob (Jan) Bertsch of Willis, MI
Tom (Lois) Bertsch of Columbus, NE
Dan (Irene) Bertsch of Indianola, IA
1 Brother – Dale Blaine of Des Moines, IA
8 Grandchildren
5 Great-grandchildren
Other Relatives & Friends

Opal Maxine Bertsch, daughter of Cary Alden and Violet May (Landon) Blaine, was born on December 20, 1920, in Harlan, Iowa. She attended Harlan schools and graduated from Harlan High School in 1939. On October 29, 1942, Opal married Robert “Bob” Frederick Bertsch in Vancouver, Washington. Following Bob’s World War II military service and discharge, the couple moved to Harlan. In 1959, Opal began working at Noble Photography where she was active in managing the office; she retired from this position in January 1989.

Opal was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harlan, Iowa, where she had taught Sunday School and was involved with the Immanuel Lutheran Church Women’s activities. Opal and Bob were both active volunteers with the Shelby County Historical Society. She enjoyed family gatherings, where her good cooking and baking were appreciated. Opal, whose favorite color was purple, was honored to be named the 1994 Harlan Mother of the Year. She also liked camping, traveling, and card playing.

Opal M. Bertsch died on Thursday, May 29, 2014, at the Elm Crest Retirement Community in Harlan, Iowa, having reached the age of 93 years, 5 months, and 9 days.

Opal was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert Frederick Bertsch, on December 30, 2012; three brothers, Jasper Blaine, Donald Blaine, and John Blaine; and one sister, Lena Rivers. She is survived by three sons, Bob (Jan) Bertsch of Willis, Michigan, Tom (Lois) Bertsch of Columbus, Nebraska, and Dan (Irene) Bertsch of Indianola, Iowa; one brother, Dale Blaine of Des Moines, Iowa; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service was held on Monday, June 2, 2014, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harlan, Iowa, with Pastor Janet Miller officiating. Marge Ahrenholtz served as the organist, and Sherry Lytle was the soloist. Casket bearers were Brian Bertsch, Keith Svare, Michael Bertsch, Michael Wahl, Matthew Bertsch, Bradley Bertsch, and Thomas Noble. Burial was in the Harlan Cemetery in Harlan, Iowa. Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Myrtue Medical Center, and Elm Crest Retirement Community, all located in Harlan, Iowa. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at www.burmeisterjohannsen.com.


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4 Responses to Opal Maxine Bertsch (May 29, 2014)

  1. Margie Schaben says:

    I have seen Opal many times at elm crest always had a nice visit with her, but when my kids were small They loved Mr. and Mrs. Santa at the library in Harlan. Til this day after all the years have gone bye, they still talk about Mr. and Mrs. Santa what great Memories… She will be missed .

  2. Alicia Garnett says:

    Tom, Lois, and family,

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. Words can’t lessen the pain, but I hope you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Treasure all the memories and draw the family close. I hope the support of family and friends can ease the pain at this time. Love you, Alicia

  3. Deb and Dave Svoboda says:

    Tom, Lois, Brad and family
    Our thoughts are with you at this trying time. We know how difficult this time can be. May you always remember the good memories from the past and treasure the time you had with her. We would be with you but for the possible bad weather. We will keep you in our thoughts.

  4. Lillian Kikennon says:

    To Opals family: I enjoyed Opal very much when we were able to be together, especially the lunch times at Mickel’s with Darlene Andersen and other friends. She was a great booster of the local museum of which I am also a member. Please receive my sympathy in this manner as I may not get to the funeral home. May the Lord comfort you as only He can.

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