Halas Alberta "Bertie" Mary Halas (Anderson) of Upper Arlington passed peacefully into her next life on July 3, 2014 at home. She was born February 9, 1926 of parents James and Marie Anderson who preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death were sister Elaine; and brother James. Survived by and missing her are her best friend and husband of 62 years, Henry Robert Halas; children, Henry Robert Halas, Jr. of Dublin, Marie Mowery (Terry) of Dublin, Suzanne Steel (Ken Kulka) of Upper Arlington, and James Halas (Carol) of San Clemente, CA; eight grandchildren, including Jennifer and Rob Halas, Audrey and Brett Mowery, Emily Steel, and Olivia, Claire and Ian Halas; brother Harold Anderson; many beloved nieces, nephews and friends. Alberta graduated from South High School and attended St. Leo's as a child. She attended Ohio State University where she met the love of her life, Henry "Hank" Robert Halas, who she married on Dec. 10, 1952. God and family were her center and she adored her grandchildren. She and Hank loved exploring Europe's art and culture together over the years, and they traveled the United States as well, especially to visit family. A voracious reader, Bertie also enjoyed gardening, bird watching, and her water classes at the McConnell Heart Health Center. Her creativity showed in the way she decorated her home and her occasional work as a florist. Everyone who met Bertie loved her. She was kind, intelligent and amusing. Adversity could not get her down; she kept a smile on her face and a positive word on her lips throughout life. Her family is grateful to those who cared for her at the end of her life, especially Jessica Boyd her caregiver, Mary Ulrich her hospice nurse, and James Cunningham her long-time hairdresser. The family will receive friends at the EGAN-RYAN NORTHWEST CHAPEL 4661 Kenny Road on Tuesday from 4pm-7pm. A funeral mass will be held 10:30am on Wednesday at St. Andrew Church at the corner of McCoy and Reed Roads. Entombment will follow at Union Cemetery Chapel. In lieu of flowers, friends may choose to donate to St. Andrew Church or Riverside Hospice in Alberta's name.
Egan-Ryan Northwest Chapel
4661 Kenny Rd Columbus, OH 43220
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on July 5, 2014