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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 23, 2014

Bertha Kurtz Berndt

Jul 15, 2014

Bertha Kurtz Berndt, 92, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at Woodland Terrace Assisted Living Facility in Cary, North Carolina.

A funeral Mass is planned at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in East Pleasant Plain, with the Rev. Robert Striegel officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

The family will greet friends for one hour immediately preceding the service beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Memorials for St. Joseph Cemetery Association can be left at the church or mailed to the family: John Berndt, 205 Homestead Drive, Cary, NC 27513.

Gould Funeral Home of Brighton is assisting the family with local arrangements.

Mrs. Berndt was born July 31, 1921, at the family home on their farm in Jefferson County, the daughter of Joseph and Veronica Fritz Kurtz. She married Edward Berndt Dec. 26, 1968, in Cedar Rapids. He is deceased.

She graduated from Pleasant Plain High School in 1938 and Ottumwa Business College in 1940.

She and her husband lived in Charles City and Muskegon, Michigan, before moving to Coopersville, Michigan, where they lived for many years. They moved to Cary, North Carolina, in 2011 to be closer to family.

Mrs. Berndt was employed in secretarial positions at the Iowa ordnance plant in Burlington, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City and Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids until her retirement in 1968. She also worked at the Muskegon Wastewater Treatment Plant in Michigan.

She loved to travel and had visited all 50 states. She and her husband enjoyed fishing and traveling in the United States, Europe and Costa Rica. She liked to knit, sew, bake pies, try new recipes and can and freeze fruits and vegetables.

She was a member of St. Michael’s Church in Coopersville, Michigan, and was a member of a local garden club.

Survivors include five nieces, one nephew, 13 great-nieces and nephews, and seven great-great-nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Bernetta Kurtz and Leona Kron; and one brother, Paul Kurtz.

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