William E. Bertch

William E. Bertch

August 6, 1932 – December 23, 2018

William E. Bertch passed away on Dec. 23, 2018 after a lengthy illness. He was born on Aug. 6, 1932 in rural Black Hawk County, IA to Kenneth and Teresa (Schmitz) Bertch, both of whom preceded him in death. Bill served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and worked for I.B.M. for 35 years.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Norma (Becker); five daughters: Janet (Jim) Daley, Overland Park, KS, Julie (Del) Reibold, Papillion, NE, Karen Bertch (Jim Naughton), Lisle, IL, Lynne (Mark) Capoun, Omaha, and Jeanne (John) Workman, Omaha; twelve grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and nine siblings.

VISITATION begins Thursday, Dec. 27th at 4:00pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 6:30pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, Dec. 28th at 2:00 pm at St. Gerald Catholic Church, 9602 “Q” St.  Entombment: Resurrection Mausoleum. Memorials are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association or St. Gerald Catholic Church.



  • Jane and Ed Ryan Posted December 27, 2018 8:35 am

    Dear Bertch Family,

    We’re sorry for the loss of your husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. We know he was a great man because of the great family he has. Julie, dear friend, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Ed and Jane Ryan

  • Jim and Sharon Dennis Posted December 27, 2018 11:03 am

    May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. We hope that our Lord brings you and your family the much-needed peace during this sad time. Our condolences to you and your family.

  • Terry Skepnek Posted December 27, 2018 1:15 pm

    Karen – my deepest condolences to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Dick Lundquist Posted December 27, 2018 9:52 pm

    Hello Jeanne- my condolences to you and your family. He had to be a wonderful man to have raised such a neat daughter. My best…and thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  • Ben & Mary Charlene Peiffer Posted December 28, 2018 12:46 pm

    Norma and family we are so sorry to hear of your loss of Bill. Our thoughts and prayers are there for all at this time of your loss. We go back to the early 60’s We not only worked together but were friends. The four of us made some great memories together.

  • Brian Reiter Posted December 28, 2018 1:57 pm

    Tina, Jonathan, Jennifer and I will always remember Uncle Bill as the larger than life figure who was always happy and kind and made us laugh until we cried. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those he leaves behind. Eternal rest, Uncle Bill!

  • Amanda Ficken Posted December 28, 2018 2:21 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I’m so glad I got to know Bill, he was a great person.

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