Sister Dorothy Bertsch
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Sister Dorothy Bertsch

Born: July 29, 1927; Harvey, ND

Died: June 22, 2020; Maryvale, Valley City, ND

Maryvale – Sister Dorothy Bertsch, 92 years old, died atMaryvale, Valley City, North Dakota, June 22, 2020. There will be a private prayer service and funeral Mass at Maryvale Chapel, rural Valley City, North Dakota.
Sister Dorothy was born July 29, 1927, in Harvey, ND, to Martin and Catherine (Becker) Bertsch. She made Vows of consecrated chastity, obedience and poverty to God with the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation, August 22, 1946. She graduated high school from St. Aloysius Academy, Oakwood, ND, June 1947. She received her Bachelor's degree from the College of GreatFalls, Montana, August1958, in elementary education and socialstudies. She completed her Master's degree at St.Louis University, St.Louis,MO, in education administration. Sister Dorothy was an elementary teacher and principal throughoutmost of her ReligiousLife.
Sister Dorothy served as an elementary teacher or principal at Notre Dame Academy, Willow City, ND 1948-1950; St. Charles Borromao School, Oakes, ND 1950-1953; St. Aloysius School, Oakwood, ND 1953-60; St. Joseph's School, Wild Rice, ND 1960-1964; St. Louis School, Princeton, Illinois1964-1979; St. Joseph School, Pekin, IL1979-1984; St. Mary's School, DeKalb, IL1984-1998;she served as a Director of Religious Education at St. Patrick's Parish, Washington, IL, 1998-1999 and St. Rita's Parish, Rockford, IL 2000-2005; and St. Margaret's Hospital as a volunteer from 2006-2018.
She issurvived by her Religious Community, the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation, and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her parents; and her siblings, George (Eva), Joseph (Regina), Marian, Helen (Jack) Feather, Michael (Josephine), Anthon, Steve (Delores), and Anna Marie Comeau.
Lerud MathiasFuneral Home, Valley City, is assisting with arrangements. An online guestbook and tribute page can be found at

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June 30, 2020
Thanks so much to an extremely dedicated sister who put everyone else above herself and truly wanted to teach and mold every little person she met. She will never be forgotten! St. Louis School-1966 to 1971. Rest well in peace.
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June 30, 2020
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