Edward Louis Bertsch passed away Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at Elim Rehab and Care Center in Fargo, ND under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Ed was born on November 24, 1923, in Pierce County, ND to Peter and Helga (Stensholt) Bertsch. He married Christine Elizabeth Schaan, in Balta, ND on November 18, 1946. Ed and Christine spent most of their 67 years of marriage farming near Cathay, ND. They retired from farming in 1981 and enjoyed many wonderful times traveling throughout the United States and Europe. In 1996, they moved to Fargo to be near their family.
Ed is survived by his wife; their five children, Rodney (Jeannine) Bertsch, Champaign, IL; Renelle (Lawrence Merbach) Bertsch, Wahpeton, ND; Rocklin (Rhonda Golden) Bertsch, Fargo, ND; Randall (Anda) Bertsch, Irvine, CA; and Russell (Ann) Bertsch, Minneapolis, MN; their nine grandchildren, Holly (Mike) Anderson, Brandon (Leslie) Bertsch, Chad, Craig, Stephanie, J’Amy (Chris) Higgins and step-great-granddaughter, Ashtyn; Camielle, Carissa, and Genaro; step-grandchildren, Jim (Michelle) Merbach and family, and Sarah Merbach and family. Also surviving are his three siblings, Hilda Brooks, Fargo, ND; Dolores (Francis) Pfeifer, Rugby, ND; and Ralph (Regina) Bertsch, Rugby, ND.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Marion Wentz; his brother, Wilfred Bertsch; and his two step-grandchildren, David Merbach and Linda Merbach.
Ed’s happiest moments were with his family, who he loved and supported greatly. He was caring and thoughtful. He enjoyed reading, intelligent conversation, and coin collecting.
A memorial service in honor of his life will be held Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at 2 pm at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.boulgerfuneralhome.com.
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