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Elva (O'Brien) Bertha

September 07, 1918 - March 26, 2021

Obituary For Elva (O'Brien) Bertha

Age 102, of Whitehall Borough, passed away on Friday, March 26, 2021.
Elva was the beloved wife of the late Paul "Bud" Bertha. She is survived by her children Daniel, Diane Reutzel, Patricia Perry, Thomas (Sandi) and Michael; grandmother of six and great-grandmother of 12. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and her faithful companion, Buddy. Elva had a full, exciting and blessed life. She grew up in Mt. Oliver and attended St. Joseph High School. She graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing in 1939 and worked at Leech Farm Tuberculosis Hospital. After the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Elva joined the Army Nurses Corps in February 1942. She had her military training at Fort Lewis, Washington and then served under the command of General Douglas MacArthur in Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines until the end of the war in 1946. She was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and her decorations include The Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Battle StarAmerican Theatre Ribbon, WWII Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon and the Bronze Star. After raising her family, Elva continued her career as a nurse for Bell Telephone in Pittsburgh and after retiring she delivered "Meals on Wheels" for 25 years. Family and friends will be received at the John F. Slater Funeral Home, Inc., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, on Monday, March 29, 2021 from 2-8 p.m. Funeral prayer on Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Hope Parish, St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Church at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow in St. John Vianney Cemetery in Carrick. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team (PAART) @www.nodogleftbehind.org or Little Sisters of the Poor, 1028 Benton Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212. Due to the current health crisis, masks and social distancing guidelines must be adhered to.

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Mike and family - So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother but she sure lived a good long and full life. Prayers for peace for the family and that she may rest eternal!
- Carol Boehm
Sending our condolences to the Bertha family from the Zimmerman family. What an amazing life she lived! May you all find peace
- Eileen Zimmerman Volzer
My deepest sympathy to the entire Bertha family. I am so sorry I couldn't be there. I am keeping you all in my prayers. Ann O'Brien
- Ann O’Brien
Deepest Sympathy to the Bertha family.... Love, Don and Janet Keener..
- Don Keener
What a wonderful lady and what a wonderful life! It is so sad to see her go. Long Live Elva O'Brien Bertha!
- Kathleen Feeney
Mike,My condolences to you and your family.
- Rich Amorose
Sorry for your loss she had a adventurous life to be proud of my sympathy to your family Timmy Hudson
- Timmy Hudson
Diane & Family, My deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother. My thoughts & prayers are with you and your family, Audrey Olszewski
- Charlotte & Steve Bigos
Diane & Family, Our sincere sympathy in the loss of your mother. We have many fond memories of your Mom & Dad. May God hold her in the palm of his loving hands, Charlotte & Steve Bigos
- Charlotte & Steve Bigos
To all of the Berthas, I wish I were there to pay my respects to your mom, Elva, my father's longest living relative. Your mother was amazing person who I did not know well enough. Condolences to all of my Bertha cousins. Until we can see each other again, Colleen O'Brien Adams
- Colleen O’Brien Adams
Dan, Diane, Patty, Tom and Mike - My deepest sympathy for you all and your families. I have a lot of fond memories of spending time at your house and your Mom's putting up with Danny's any my shenanigans. She will be sorely missed and not forgotten.
- Jim Richter
Dan, Diane, Patty, Tom and Mike: We were so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. Your Mom's kindness, generosity and caring nature were contagious and her memory will live on forever. Love, Mark and Nancy Koval
- Mark and Nancy Koval
What a wonderful lady the good lord will receive. Thanks for your dedication and love for your family, we will miss you Aunt Elva.
- Mike, Sandy and Danielle Mastroianni
Our deepest sympathies and condolences. What an amazing woman and an amazing life. We will miss you Aunt Elva, Love, Jenni Shah (Powers) and family
- Jenni Powers
Danny, My deepest condolences to you and your family. 102 what a great run. -Rich Swick #23 BBPD
- Rich Swick
Diane, I am so sorry to learn of the death of your Mother. She lived a an incredible life . May wonderful memories help you during this difficult time. Thinking of you- Joyce Sternagel
- Joyce Sternagel
We send our deepest sympathy for the passing of such a special woman like Elva. My God provide comfort to all of her family.
- David and Christina Treadwell
My Dearest Sympathies to Elva and her Family and her dear lil Bud Buddy!! I will miss you so much. All our conversations when you come to lab Corp. Your smiles and amazing life time stories. You were my favorite patient. I will always remember you and miss you dearly. You were my HERO!! I love you Elva ...., until we meet again. Melissa (Missy) Vinsick. LAB CORP.
- Melissa Vinsick
My condolences to the Bertha family Bill Planitzer
- Bill Planitzer
May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand. Rest In Peace dear Aunt Elva and thank you for many wonderful memories, laughs and smiles! 💕
- Maureen and Rob Campbell
My condolences to everyone whose life Elva touched. What an incredible life she lived.
- Carole Fuchshofer
Lots of love to you and your family at this time, Mikey B. We love you. Barb and Scott Boulware
- Barb Garza
My condolences to The Bertha family. Doug and Melanie Kujawa
- Doug kujawa

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