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home : obituaries : obituaries May 24, 2016

2/27/2013 9:38:00 AM
Bertha Mix

Bertha Mix, 88, of Windom died Feb. 19, 2013, at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls.
Services were Saturday at American Lutheran Church in Windom with Pastor Tim Wrenn officiating.
Special music was provided by Carol Vought, organist; and David Rupp, vocalist.
Casket bearers were Bertha's grandchildren: Chris and Stephanie Westerman, Matt and Heather Westerman, Doug and Stacy Westerman, Cyndi Westerman, Carrie Westerman, Samantha and Aaron Tomschin, Michael and Jodi Gempler and Sara and Chris Knoll.
Honorary bearers were her great-grandchildren: Skyler, Brooke and Drew Westerman, Jordan Jensen, Kaleb and Devyn Westerman, Morgan and Kaelynn Pietch, Austin, Cody and Parker Westerman, Jade Westerman, Luke Gempler, Delaney, Grant and Jake Knoll.
Interment was at Lakeview Cemetery in Windom.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom handled the funeral arrangements.
Bertha L. Lamaack was born March 29, 1924, to Herman and Josie (Sellman) Lamaack in Springfield Township of Cottonwood County. She was baptized into the Christian faith and later confirmed. She received her education at the Red, White and Blue schoolhouse in rural Cottonwood County.
In 1941, Bertha married Lester Westerman at Bertha's home. They farmed south of Windom until 1950 when they moved to a farm in the Storden-Jeffers area.
After Lester's death in 1972, Bertha continued living on the farm until marrying Clarence Gerdes in Worthington in 1975. Clarence died in 1977.
Bertha remained in Worthington for a short time until moving to Windom where she married Lloyd Mix in the early 1980s. Lloyd died in 1984.
Later in life, Bertha enjoyed the companionship of Harold Rossow for many years until his death.
Bertha was a longtime member of American Lutheran Church in Windom. She also was involved in the birthday club and neighborhood extension club.
She enjoyed visiting Idaho, crocheting pot holders, afghans for her grandchildren and baby blankets for each of her great-grandchildren, visiting with friends at McDonald's, Hardee's and the senior center and, most-of-all, spending time with family.
In addition to her husbands, Bertha was preceded in death by a son, Ed Westerman; two brothers, Raymond and Elmer Lamaack; and three sisters: Lillian Schuknecht, Glennie Rupp and Grace Stoever.
Survivors include her three children: Floyd (Judy) Westerman of Jeffers, Jim (Mary) Westerman of Storden and Karen (Steve) Gempler of Meridian, Idaho; a daughter-in-law, Cheryl Westerman of Jeffers; eight grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

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