Verlene Bertoldie


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Updated: Fri, 28 Mar 2014 05:05:02 CST

Verlene G. Bertoldie

     Funeral Services for Verlene G. Bertoldie will be held on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Naponee, Nebraska with Pastor Scott Randall officiating. Interment will be held in the Naponee Cemetery.

     Verlene G. Bertoldie, 102 years of age, passed away on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Rest Haven Retirement Home in Sedalia, Missouri. She was born July 8, 1911 at Riverton, Nebraska the only daughter of George Edwin and Della Francis (Sunbury) Cramer. She had one younger adopted brother, Cecil Ray. When Verlene was two years old the family moved to Woodruff, Kansas, where she attended grade school. Later the family moved to Indianola, Nebraska, where Verlene finished her education.

     On July 4, 1936, she was united in marriage to Joseph Charles Horacek, Jr. in Phillipsburg, Kansas and to this union one son was born, Joseph Charles. The family made their home in McCook, Nebraska. They were divorced in 1947.

     Verlene then moved to Alma, Nebraska, where she continued to raise Joe. Then in 1952, she was united in marriage to Glen Lowry. Glen passed away suddenly of a heart attack on January 19, 1954. Verlene held many jobs while living in Alma including: working at the Harlan County Courthouse in the Treasurer’s office, the Sheriff’s office and for the City of Alma in the Water Department.

     In April 1956, Verlene married Walter Ryun Richter and she welcomed his two adult sons: Guy and Rodney into their family. After a short time living in Alma, Verlene and Walter made their home on the Richter family farm south of Naponee. Here, she and Walter planted a long section of evergreen trees carrying many buckets of water to keep them alive. She enjoyed being able to stand in the Naponee Cemetery and look out to the south over the Republican Valley and see this windbreak she and Walter worked so hard to grow.

     In 1963, Walter and Verlene sold their Nebraska farm and bought a dairy farm outside of Marshfield, Missouri. Verlene worked side by side with Walter on the farm. In 1967, after Walter was diagnosed with cancer, the couple made plans to move into Marshfield. Shortly after moving into their new home, Walter passed away on March 18, 1970.

     Verlene continued to live in Marshfield and then in May of 1974, she married Alvin Bertoldie, a retired barber. Alvin passed away in April 1988.

     Verlene then moved to Sedalia, Missouri to be closer to her son, Joe and his wife, Shirley.

     A favorite memory of hers was babysitting the future Nebraska Governor and Senator, Ben Nelson when she resided in McCook.

     Verlene was a devoted Christian. She enjoyed the outdoors, camping and being a farmwife.

     Besides her parents and husbands, Verlene was preceded in death by her brother, Cecil Cramer and his wife, Marvel.

     She leaves to mourn her passing her son, Joe Horacek and his wife, Shirley of Sedalia; two stepsons: Guy Richter and his wife, Joan of Lincoln, Nebraska, Rodney Richter and his wife, Lorene of Naponee; 6 step-grandchildren: Melody Richter of Lincoln, Troy Richter and his wife, Penny of Elmwood, Nebraska, Cory Richter of Lincoln, Cheryl Wedge and her husband, Bob of Round Lake Beach, Illinois, Patti Simpson and her husband, Doug of Holdrege, Nebraska, Steven Richter and his wife, Kristine of Lakeville, Minnesota; 12 step great-grandchildren; 8 step great-great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

     Visitation will be held prior to the services at the church.

     A memorial has been established in Verlene’s honor and will be designated at a later date.

     Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at

     The Bauer-Torrey & Mach Funeral Home in Alma, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.