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Bertha Besaw

June 19, 1938 - November 20, 2021
From: Spencer, IA | Originally: Everly, IA
Bertha Besaw

Bertha Besaw

Born: June 19, 1938
Died: November 20, 2021
Age: 83

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Bertha Besaw, the daughter of David and Esther (Todd) Averill, was born June 19, 1938, in Des Moines, Iowa.  Her childhood years were spent in the Spencer and Okoboji, Iowa, areas where she received her education, graduating from Okoboji Schools in 1957.

Bertha married Alvin “Jack” Besaw on August 5, 1963, Worthington, Minnesota.  Following their marriage, they lived in the Emmetsburg and Storm Lake, Iowa areas and 11 years in Terril, Iowa.  They moved to Everly, Iowa, where she did factory work for Brown Medical in Spirit Lake, Iowa, for 17 years until her retirement in 2010.  She moved to Spencer in 2010.  Bertha was an active member of First Congregational Church in Spencer, Iowa.

She passed away at the Spencer Hospital on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at the age of 83.  Bertha was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jack in 1997;  one daughter, Sheila Erb; two sisters: Betty Matthiesen and Delores Hintz; and two brothers: Harlan, Doug and David.

Bertha is survived by one daughter, Brenda (Brad) Leth of Hartley, IA; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Private family graveside services will be held at a later date.
Lone Tree Cemetery
Everly, Iowa


Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 7:31 AM
“So sorry for your loss she was a sweet lady enjoyed getting to know her”
- Ina chapman
Monday, November 29, 2021 at 11:19 AM
“we all here at sunset apts just loved Bertha....she was a beautiful , wonderful was such a pleasure to know her”
- sue alanis
Monday, November 29, 2021 at 10:01 AM
“Berths was a very loving and caring friend who is always concerned about everybody else. She was a bright light and a welcome smile around here at Sunset. I as well as I speak for everybody else here will greatly miss her. I pray that you will be comforted by our Lord in her absence and know that you will be seeing her again!!!”
- Peggy Olson
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 9:11 PM
“My sympathy to Bertha's family. We had lots of fun times together when she was in Ringsted. I enjoyed her a lot!!”
- Sue Wilson
Monday, November 22, 2021 at 10:14 AM
“Deepest sympathy for the loss of Bertha! Bertha was such a spunky lady! Her and my mom, Clarian Hunt were friends, and I was fortunate enough to get to know her as well! She will be missed by many!”
- Candice Getting
Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 12:28 PM
“Bertha was a good friend of my mother, Mina Fear. Mom treasured her friendship and I hope they are having a good time catching up on things up there in Heaven. RIP Bertha!”
- Doris Welle
Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 11:17 AM
“Brenda and family we are so sorry....know we care and are thinking of you. Our Sympathies ”
- Ron and Dawn Feucht
Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 11:17 AM
“So sorry to hear this Brenda. I liked your Mom so much. Met her when she was at Northshire then at Sunset. So sweet, loved my Fried Bread. Prayers to all of you💕💕. Norma”
- Norma Fitzgerald
Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 11:17 AM
“I'm so very sorry for your loss”
- Diane Plante
Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 11:17 AM
“I’m so sorry to hear about Bertha passing. I will miss her. She helped me so much. You have my sympathy.”
- Terri Ewoldt
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