NEW BREMEN - Rita E. Bertke, 81, of New Bremen, died at 1:45 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at her residence.
She was born on March 5, 1932, in Minster. She was the daughter of Joseph H. and Rosa (Schmitmeyer) Enneking. On Sept. 14, 1954, she married Lewis J. Bertke, who survives near New Bremen.
Also surviving are her children, Ronald Bertke, of New Bremen, Diane (Myron) Gaier, of Fort Loramie, Linda (Raymond) Stone, of Celina, Roxanne Docter, of Powell, Roseanne (Terry) Hartzog, of Lima, John (Maribel) Bertke, of Hilliard, Bernice (Cletus) Bulcher, of Fort Loramie, Sandra (Ted) Rector, of Columbus, Kevin (Pam) Bertke, of Bucyrus, Carl (Andrea) Bertke of Amherst, and Daniel (April) Bertke, of Wadsworth; 23 grandchildren; seven step grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Other survivors include her siblings, Mary Lou (Urban) Seger, of Minster, Joseph Enneking, of Sidney, Robert (Mary Jo) Enneking, of Sidney, Dolores (Douglas) Latham, of Piqua, and David (Mary Jo) Enneking, of Troy, her in laws John Schmiesing, of Minster, Carolyn Enneking, of Minster, Omer (Rita M.) Bertke, of Maria Stein, Jovita Osterloh, of Rossburg, Stanley (Betty) Bertke, of Maria Stein, Urban (Dorothy) Bertke, of New Bremen and Sister Martha Bertke, of Celina.
Preceding her in death was her son Eugene Bertke, her sister Alice Schmiesing, brother James Enneking and her in-laws Elma Enneking and Othmar Osterloh.
Mrs. Bertke was a member of the Church of the Holy Redeemer in New Bremen. She was a member of the Maria Stein Prayer Guild, the Maria Stein Knights of St. Johns 288 Auxiliary and its drill team. She was also a member of the New Bremen American Legion Post 241 Auxiliary and the New Bremen Senior Citizens. She was a homemaker.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday at 10:30 A.M. at the Church of the Holy Redeemer in New Bremen with the Rev. Thomas Mannebach and the Rev. Greg Bornhorst officiating. Burial will be in the German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.
Calling hours will be on Tuesday from 2 until 8 p.m. at the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen and on Wednesday from 9:30 until 10 a.m. at the church, at which time the Rosary will be prayed.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Maria Stein Relic Chapel. Condolences to the Bertke family may be left at gilberghartwigfh.com.
Published in Sidney Daily News on June 9, 2013
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