Ashley, ND-Funeral service for Alma Bertsch, 94, of Ashley will be 11:00 am, Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Ashley Baptist Church. Rev. Alvin Foote will officiate.
Burial will be in Ashley City Cemetery.
There will be a prayer service Friday at 7:00 pm with visitation from 5:00-7:00 pm at the funeral home.
Alma died May 3, 2019 at Ashley Medical Center.
Alma was born December 10, 1924 to Jacob and Margaret (Nies) Fischer on a farm northeast of Ashley. She attended Kisselberry Country School. Alma was baptized November 1944 by Rev. W.J. Luebeck at Ashley Baptist Church, where she was a life-long member.
Alma was united in marriage to the love of her life, Oscar J. Bertsch on November 9, 1947 in Ashley Baptist Church by Rev. Walter Stein. Oscar and Alma shared 56 ½ years of marriage. They lived on a farm nine miles southwest of Ashley, where they were dairy and grain farmers. Oscar died in June of 2004.
They were youth leaders at Ashley Baptist Church for two years and church custodians for five years. Alma was active in the Ladies choir, Mixed choir and Tabitha. Alma was also a member of the Eureka Hospital Auxiliary for 20 years. She loved to cook, bake pies and cookies, make homemade noodles and garden flowers and vegetables. But most of all, she loved working side by side with her husband. Alma loved to read her Bible, Christian books, listening to gospel music, especially Oscar’s quartet and Ashley Baptist Men’s Chorus tapes. She will always be remembered for being so kind and giving and made sure that nobody ever left her home empty handed.
Alma loved her husband, three children, four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She is survived by her daughter, Sandra (Kraig) Bertsch-Niesen; son, Clayton (Julie) Bertsch and their children, Nikkole (Rod) Bentley and their children, Austin, Ashlynn, Abriel and Ariya and Brandee (Matt) Huss and their children, Olivia and M.J.; son, Timothy (Pam) Bertsch and their family, Brandon (LaTasha) Bertsch and their children, Riley and Kylee and Kendra Bertsch; sister, Eloise (Elroy) Kelle and brother, Wilbert (Betty) Fischer.
Preceding Alma in death were her husband, Oscar, parents, Jacob and Margaret Fischer, brother and sister-in-law, Orvil and Loretta Fischer, sister and brother-in-law, Norma and Wilbert Steinwandt and in-laws, John and Bertha Bertsch and brother and sister-in-law, Alvin and Violet Rohrbach.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Ashley Baptist Church or Ashley Medical Center.
Carlsen Funeral Home of Ashley has been entrusted with arrangements.