MARIA STEIN — Dennis A. Bertke, 84, of Maria Stein, died on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at Briarwood Village, Coldwater.
He was born Sept. 6, 1929, in Maria Stein, to the late Rudolph J. and Lena (Wint) Bertke. He married Ruth Huecker on July 9, 1949, in McCartyville, and she died Sept. 25, 2009.
He is survived by 10 children, Jerry and Janie Bertke, of Coldwater, Ted and Dianna Bertke, of Celina, Jan and Ron Hertel, of Celina, Kenneth and Kathy Bertke, of Versailles, John and Karen Bertke, of Celina, Nick and Lin Bertke, of Troy, Betty and Brian Rembacki, of Coldwater, Kay and Don Homan, of New Bremen, Norman and Tiffany Bertke, of Columbus, and Scott and Annie Bertke, of Columbus; 28 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; a sister, Thelma Bruns, of Coldwater; and a sister-in-law, Mary Alice Bertke, of Celina. He is also preceded in death by two sons, Dave Bertke and Mike Bertke; three brothers, LeRoy Bertke, Earl Bertke and Ralph and Ellen Bertke; a sister, Alice and Alvin Bruggeman; and a brother-in-law, Wilbert Bruns.
He was a member of St. John Catholic Church, Maria Stein, where he was a former choir member, the Knights of St. John-Uniform Rank, and the Coldwater Eagles.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at St. John Catholic Church, Maria Stein, with the Rev. Gene Schnipke officiating. Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery.
Friends may call on Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m. and on Monday from 9 to 10 a.m. at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
Memorials may be made to State of the Heart Hospice. Condolences may be left at hogenkampfh.com.