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BERTHA YEVETTE SHELTRA - BURLINGTON - Bertha Yevette Sheltra (aka, Nan and Nanny), 99 1/2, of Burlington, went to meet Jesus on March 15, 2014, in Burlington Health and Rehab. Bertha was smuggled across the Vermont/Canadian border in utero and born on July 28, 1914, in Newport, the daughter of Adelard and Naomi (Poirier) Martineau. Her parents immigrated to the United States in April 1914, and she was the first in her family to be born in the United States; and she loved to tease her two older sisters about it. She grew up taking care of her four younger siblings, as well as whatever jobs she could take to help support the family; and sometime spent months away from home working as a live-in housekeeper. Bertha was married to her husband of 51 years, Arthur Sheltra, on July 15, 1935, in Newport. Bertha took great pride in her family and her home and was especially well known for her canning. She also worked for BF Moore Sewing Company in Newport. In 1966, Bertha and Arthur moved to Burlington for work, and to be closer to their daughter, Arlene, and became parishioners of Christ the King Church. Bertha worked at The Shelburne Maternity and Sewing Company on St. Paul Street, until her retirement. She is survived by her children, Rachel Cole and husband, Reginald, of Zephyr Hills, Fla., Arlene Wetzel and husband, Chuck, of The Villages, Fla., and Lawrence "Larry" Sheltra and wife, Carol, of Venice, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Rhonda Howell, Sheila Gilbert, Steven Cole, Sharon Duffy, David Duffy, Darrel Duffy, and Marlow Jenkins; seven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and an extended network of nieces, nephews and cousins. Bertha was predeceased by her husband, Arthur; son, Denis Sheltra; and siblings, Lorette Byron of Massachusetts, Beatrice St. Onge of Newport, George Martineau of Massachusetts, Maurice Martineau of Massachusetts, Blandine Bates of Barre, and Juliette Crosson of New Hampshire. A special thank you to Sheila Duffy and Laurie Duffy who each gave of themselves to help make Bertha's life rich and lively, especially playing Parcheesi. Also, an extended thank you to every individual at the Burlington Health and Rehabilitation Center who had an effect on Bertha's life, whether it be the nursing staff, house- keeping, recreation or someone with a simple smile or good morning; we appreciate everything you have done and provided for Bertha over these last 13 years. Your kindness will not be forgotten. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at a later date. There will be no visiting hours. Burial will take place in the spring. Arrangements are by the Ready Funeral and Cremation Service, 261 Shelburne Rd., Burlington. Online condolences may be sent to

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Mar. 19, 2014
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