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Christine Elizabeth Bertsch

Dec 19, 2020

Nov. 12, 1928 – Dec. 11, 2020

Christine Elizabeth

Bertsch was born No-

vember 12, 1928, to

Valentine (Walter) and

Rosa (Schiele) Schaan in

Rugby, North Dakota the

first one of her many si-

blings to have been born

in a hospital. She was

raised on the family farm

near Balta, North Dakota

along with her 9 brothers

and sisters. Another

brother died in infancy.

She attended Balta public

schools and Our Lady of

Mount Carmel church. As

a young girl she enjoyed

riding horses and that

love carried with her as

she was an avid fan of

westerns and any movies

or tv shows that had

horses in them. Christine

passed away on Friday,

December 11, 2020. She

will be fondly remem-

bered by all who knew

and loved her.

She was married to Ed-

ward Louis Bertsch on

November 18, 1946 at Our

Lady of Mount Carmel

and they moved to Het-

tinger and Grafton North

Dakota with Red Owl

stores early in their mar-

riage. Ed’s passion was

farming however, and

eventually they began

farming south of Balta and

later moved to a farm in

Wells county, North

Dakota where she raised

her family of 5 children.

Besides being a great

mother, she was a great

asset to the farm family

helping to unload trucks

during harvest and bring-

ing fabulous meals to the

fields for her hungry

crew. They continued to

farm until 1981 when Ed

retired, and they

remained on the family

farm until 1996 when

they moved to Fargo.

They traveled extensively

during these years and

spent many winter

months in Arizona and

Texas with their fifth

wheel camper as well as

many trips to Europe,

Hawaii, Alaska and most

of the lower 48 states.

She is survived by her

children Rod (Jeanine)

Bertsch of St. Charles,

Missouri, Renelle (Larry

Merbach) Bertsch of

Wahpeton, North Dakota,

Rocky (Rhonda) Bertsch

of Fargo. Randall (Anda)

Bertsch of Irvine, Califor-

nia and Russell (Ann)

Bertsch of Arden Hills,

MN as well as 9

grandchildren and 11

great grand- children. Her

sister Bernie and Bernie’s

husband John Duchscher

also survive.

She was preceded in

death by her parents, her

husband, five brothers

and four of her beloved

sisters as well as two


A private service and

mass will be held at a

later date.

Arrangements entrusted

to the care of Boulger

Funeral Home and Cele-

bration of Life Center, Far-

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