Bernetta E. Dobberstein

Bernetta E. Dobberstein, nee Berther, 99, passed away on Sunday, May 11, 2008 at Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation, West Bend.

She was born Feb. 16, 1909 in Ramona, S.D. to Durie Batista Berther and Sophie (nee St. Cy) Berther. Her father, Bert, was one of the five Berther brothers who were part of the original Swiss settlement in Lake County S.D. in 1880.

Bernetta grew up on a farm near Timber Lake, S.D. When she was 18, the family moved east to Milwaukee where she attended Mrs. Brown’s Business College and began working at an investment company in downtown Milwaukee.

When the stock market crashed in 1929, Bernetta was able to continue working for a dry goods company in downtown Milwaukee. It was there she met her husband, John, whom she married in 1931.

Bernetta was very active in Legion of Mary and other Christian organizations in the Mother Perpetual Help parish in Milwaukee where she resided until moving to West Bend to Cedar Bay West in 2005.

Bernetta belonged to St. Frances Cabrini Parish in West Bend.

Her husband,John, a longtime Falk Corp. employee, died in 1976, and her first son, Ron, died in 2005.

Bernetta is survived by two children, Tom (Beverly) and Diane (Bob) Long; dear Barbara, loving widow of Ron; 10 grandchildren, Bill (Jeanette) Long, Tom Long, Laurie (Tim) Simpson, Monika (Dave) Terry, Karla (Scott) Gibson, Brigitte (Bernie) Newman, Nicholaus (Misti) Dobberstein, Jimmy, Stephanie and Ron Jr. Dobberstein; 12 great-grandchildren, Amanda and Allison Terry, Chad and Kyle Gibson, Bryce and Brittney New-man, Mellisa, Michelle and Summer Simpson, Samantha and Joseph Long and Raina Dobber-stein.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 14, at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 1025 S. Seventh Ave.,West Bend, from 9:30 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m.

Committal will be at 1 p.m., meeting at Holy Cross Cemetery Chapel, 7301 W. Nash, Milwaukee.

Memorials to St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church are appreciated.

The Jelacic Funeral Home, Milwaukee, is assisting the family.