Archbold, OH

Loretta Lavonne Bertsche

Loretta Bertsche

Loretta Bertsche

Loretta Lavonne Bertsche celebrated her 90th birthday with family and that same day in Heaven with the Lord.

“Letty” was born on Nov. 27, 1927 to Roscoe “Roudy” and Anna Roudebush in Indianapolis, Ind., and died on Nov. 27, 2017 in Houston, Texas, after a seven-week battle with cancer.

Loretta was known for her servant’s heart; she faithfully taught Sunday School and VBS at Archbold Evangelical Mennonite Church, sang in the choir and a women’s trio, served as church secretary, supervised a church nursery, transported senior citizens through the Fulton County Senior Center, volunteered at Red Cross blood drives, and was involved in after-school tutoring.

Loretta also worked as the first registrar at Four County Technical Institute, the predecessor of Northwest Technical College.

She was devoted to her family– husband Evan Steiner Bertsche; children Carol Bertsche, Catherine (James) Hayes, Paul Bertsche and Pamela (Corwin) Casey; grandchildren Michael Quimby, Amy Quimby Waldron, Emily Perz, Sharon Bertsche Emery, Sarah Bertsche, Cara Casey Hamlar, Chaz Casey; and great-granddaughters Bella Emery and Lauren Hamlar.

She also leaves behind nieces and nephews and good friends at Regal Estates, where she lived in her later years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sisters Myrtle Hannah and Daisy Shelton, and brother James Roudebush, who died in the Battle of the Bulge, as well as numerous close friends and relatives. We can only imagine that her homecoming was a wonderful celebration!

At her request, a celebration of her life will be planned in the spring for family and friends.

Loretta will be interred in the Pettisville Cemetery next to her husband Evan.

Donations in her memory can be made to Bay Area Pet Adoptions, 3000 Avenue R, San Leon, TX 77539 (where she adopted her cats) or to the charity of your choice.

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