Margaret J. Bertram


Aug. 3, 1931 - Dec. 20, 2009



Margaret J. Bertram of Waukesha died Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009 at Golden Living Heritage Square in Greendale at the age of 78.


She was born Aug. 3, 1931 in Waukesha, the daughter of John and Rose (Furrer) Gross. Margaret graduated from Waukesha High School in 1948.  She was united in marriage to Russell Bertram on July 17, 1961; he preceded her in death in 1986. Margaret owned and operated Beautequest Studio in Waukesha for 43 years. After selling the salon, she continued to work until her retirement in 2009. As a life member of Vernon Presbyterian Church, she was involved with the Active Older Adults Club and was a deacon and an elder. She also enjoyed volunteering at Waukesha Memorial Hospital and her deliveries to the Food Pantry of Waukesha County.


Margaret was a devoted mother and grandmother to the late Patricia Butchart and her son, Andrew (Andrea) Butchart of Milwaukee; Janet (Karl) Bethke and their children, Adam and Erik Bethke, all of Palatine, Ill.; Steven (Helen Nall) Bertram of Milwaukee and his children, Tracey (Peter) Jager of Cedarburg and Tara (Arthur) LeVin of Barrington, Ill.; Susan (Dennis) Schroeder and their son, Christopher, all of Middleton; and Sally (Rick) Wert and their children, Delana and Michael Wert, all of Indian River, Mich. She was a sister to Joan Gross of Waukesha, Barbara (Ronald) Zimmerman of Waukesha, the late John Gross, and Sandra Gross of Waukesha. Margaret is also survived by four great-grandchildren, special nieces Leigh Ann Kramer of Sheboygan and Katie (Joe) Schomisch of Burlington; other nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends. 


Visitation will be held at 1 p.m. until the 3 p.m. memorial service Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009 at Vernon United Presbyterian Church, S71-W23280 National Ave. Pastor Judith Landt will preside. Interment will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 28, in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church or to the Food Pantry of Waukesha County, 215 W. North St., Waukesha, WI 53188.  For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035, or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com to leave an online tribute.