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Marjorie Ann Bertsche

January 2, 1929 December 25, 2018
Marjorie Ann  Bertsche
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Obituary for Marjorie Ann Bertsche

Marjorie Ann “Marge” Bertsche, 89, of Pontiac, IL passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at 2:24 am at Evenglow Inn, Pontiac.

Private Family Services will be held, with Reverend Canessa Lagan officiating. Burial will be held at Waldo Cemetery in rural Flanagan, IL. Calvert and Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac are handling the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, Memorials in Marge’s name may be left to the First Presbyterian Church, 209 W. Livingston St., Pontiac, IL 61764, or Meals on Wheels, 215 E Washington, Pontiac.

Marge was born January 2, 1929 in Pontiac, Illinois, daughter of Earl & Gertrude (Schultz) Roof.
She married John R. “Dick” Bertsche on August 29, 1948. He preceded her in death on November 11, 2013.

She is survived by three sons, Richard Douglas (Kathy) Bertsche, Pontiac; Earl David (Barbara) Bertsche of Chicago; John Paul(Wendy) Bertsche of Chicago; one daughter; Gina Marie (Dale) Francisco of Miami, OK.; eight grandchildren: Miles (Katie)Bertsche, Emlyn (James) Quinn, Elizabeth Bertsche, Peter DeGraaf, Alex DeGraaf, Alex Bertsche, Niki Bertsche and Andy Bertsche; three great grandsons: Kadin and Patrick Bertsche, Novehn Hackman-Bertsche; and one great, great granddaughter Maebelle Bertsche-Northrop; one sister, Dorothy (Jim) King, Pontiac; one brother, Lou (Sandy) Roof, Madison, Wi.; one sister-in-law, Ruth Blumershine of Albuquerque, NM; and many nieces and nephews.

Marge graduated from Pontiac Township High School in 1946. In her early years as a homemaker, she found great joy in knitting, and also, in using her kiln to create ceramics for her family. She was an avid reader, and could often be found nestled in a chair reading a book. Marge also loved to travel and entertain with her husband, Dick. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church for over 60 years, helping in church fund raisers and hosting Circle meetings. Marge loved dogs and cats, taking in many stray animals over the years, and providing each with the loving care and nurturing needed. As her life progressed, Marge found great joy in taking meticulous care of her yard and garden. However her greatest joy in life was raising her children and spending time with her precious grandchildren.

Marge was a loving wife, Mother, and grandmother who will be dearly missed. The family would like to give a special thank you to the caregivers at both Evenglow Inn and Transitions Hospice Care for the love and care they provided our beloved Marge. They would also like to thanks the staff and drivers of the Meals on Wheels program, who provide such wonderful meals to those who utilize their services and the drivers who so generously give of their time delivering them.



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