Bertha Mae Williams Cragle, 90, of Hunlock Creek, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Tuesday morning at St. Luke's Villa, Wilkes-Barre. She was surrounded by her loving family.
Born March 12, 1923 in Plymouth, she was a daughter of the late Edward and Mae Williams. She was raised in Hunlock Creek, where she attended a one-room schoolhouse. She later attended Harter High School, Nanticoke.
Bertha was employed by various sewing factories and made bomb shells during World War II. She later worked at Retreat State Hospital as an LPN. She retired in 1982.
Her hobbies included embroidery, knitting, gardening and vacationing to different states and islands.
Bertha was a strong and spiritual woman until the very end. She read her Bible daily and loved the song "How Great Thou Art." Her favorite Bible verse was Isaiah 41:10: "Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be in dismay for I am God."
Bertha was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Relza C. Cragle; companion of 27 years, Michael Chorney; brother, the Rev. Edward Williams Jr.; sisters, Turh Morris Thomas, Mary Boyes, Mabel Smith; grandson, Edward Lewis Schutz; and niece, Mabel Joline.
Surviving are her children, Naomi Hummel, Wilkes Barre, Marsha Meade, Wyoming, Relza Cragle Jr. and his wife, Cindy, Sweet Valley, Lena S. Schutz, Wilkes-Barre, Deborah Dotter and her husband, William, Pittston; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
The family expresses their extreme gratitude to all the agencies and teams of nurses and caregivers that tended to Bertha during her journey, especially those from Hospice of the Sacred Heart. A special thanks is given to Patty Boehm for the wonderful care and kindness provided to both Bertha and the family.
Family and friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Clarke Piatt Funeral Home Inc., 6 Sunset Lake Road, Hunlock Creek. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Hunlock Creek United Methodist Church, 853 Main Road, Hunlock Creek. All attendees are asked to proceed directly to the church for the service. Interment will follow at the Bloomingdale Cemetery, Ross Township, Shickshinny.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the Hunlock Creek United Methodist Church, 853 Main Road, Hunlock Creek, PA 18621; or to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 900 Rutter Ave., Suite 8, Forty Fort, PA 18704.
Clarke Piatt Funeral Home Inc
6 Sunset Lake Rd Hunlock Creek, PA 18621
Published in Times Leader on July 3, 2013