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Hortense C. (Finch) Bertels

June 8, 1922 ~ January 7, 2019 (age 96)

Hortense C. Bertels, 96, of Bunker Hill, IL, died at her residence on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 5:53 pm. She was born June 8, 1922, in Green Forest, AR to Thomas Finch & Susie (Cooperrider) Finch. She married Vernon John Bertels on January 27, 1946 in Dorsey, IL. He preceded her in death on December 6, 2013. She was a homemaker. She was the best wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother anyone could wish for. She worked tirelessly and cheerfully for her family, on the farm, helping others and taking care of anyone who needed help. She enjoyed sewing and quilting, gardening-especially flowers, and baking-especially bread and pies. Hortense was a lifelong member of the Emmaus Lutheran Church. She is survived by her children, Jane (Roger) Kessler of Beardstown, IL, Doris (Paul) Joiner of Bethalto, IL, Steve (Karla) Bertels of Belleville, IL, grandchildren, Latetia (Ken) Doering, Sarah (Brian) Dalpiaz, Katherine (Steve) Hauf, Lisa (Robert) Very, Mark (Shamra) Joiner, Louis (Paula) Bertels, Stephanie Lewis, 21 great grandchildren, siblings, Hope Bivens of Moro, IL, Delores Keele of Silva, MO, sisters in law, Jean Bertels of Dorsey, IL, Betty Bertels of Edwardsville, IL and numerous nieces and nephews. Hortense was preceded in death by her parents, spouse, 5 brothers and 3 sisters. Friends may call on Friday, January 11, 2019 at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill, IL from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Funeral services are Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Emmaus Lutheran Church, Dorsey, IL with Pastor David Kern officiating. Burial will be at Emmaus Lutheran Cemetery, Dorsey, IL. Memorials are suggested to BJC Hospice or Emmaus Lutheran Church. Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at www.kravanyafuneral.com. Kravanya Funeral Home, Bunker Hill, IL is in charge of the arrangements

Donations may be made to:

Emmaus Lutheran Church

BJC Hospice

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