Loretta M. Bertelsen


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     Loretta Mae Bertelsen, 89, of Missouri Valley, Iowa, passed away on Monday, February 27, 2023, in Omaha, Nebraska.

     Loretta was born May 8, 1933 , to Roy and Ellen (Epperson) Spires in Missouri Valley, IA. She married Donald Bertelsen on March 7, 1951. They were married 64 years and blessed with seven children.

     Loretta lived a career of wife, mother, and grandmother. She taught by example to work hard, enjoy life, and serve people. She shared her gift of hospitality and kept each guest in mind as she prepared special breakfasts, luncheons, and suppers.

     Loretta loved God and Jesus deeply and lived a life of great Christian faith. She was a faithful member of the Church of Christ (Christian Church). She taught many Bible classes to both children and adults. She was a faithful volunteer in the church kitchen, too, and organized many funeral dinners and special events.

     Loretta was preceded in death by her parents; husband Don; brother-in-law Jerry Guinan, brother and wife, Robert and Roberta Spires and sister and husband, Nancy and Gene Dinsmore; sons-in-law Mike Peters and Kurt von Sternberg.

     Loretta is survived by her children Patti Bertelsen, Peggy and husband Gary Smiley of Imogene, IA, Pam and husband Eugene Gochenour of Mondamin, IA, David and wife Diane Bertelsen of Missouri Valley, IA, Donna Peters of Hurst, TX, Debra von Sternberg of Missouri Valley, IA, Laurie and husband Mike Cooper of Primghar, IA; 22 grandchildren Travis (Anne) Smiley, Dustin Smiley, Brad (Sarah) Smiley, Jill (Ted) Radloff, Jewel (Craig) Ansbaugh, Jolene (Josh) Caldwell, Janelle Escalante, Jeena (Wyatt) Hall, Jessy (Paul) Werner, Doug (Cindy) Bertelsen, Dawn (Nick) Kuster, Devin (Sean) Davis, Andrew (Melissa) Lawver, Kaitlin (Josh) Rogers, Josh Stone, Jacob (Kathy) Stone, Molly (Michael) Newman, Liz (Brandon) Wittrock, Staci (Turner) Hicks, Stefan Cooper, Erin (Matthew) Watt; 33 great-grandchildren; sister Judy Guinan of Mobile, AL, sister-in-law Estella Witt of Honey Creek, IA, brother-in-law Calvin Bertelsen of Logan, IA.

     Memorials may be directed to Missouri Valley Christian Church, as Loretta’s faith was an important part of her life.

          Visitation will be Friday, March 3, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Christian Church in Missouri Valley, Iowa.

     The family would like to invite everyone to a time of lunch and fellowship at the Center across from the Church following the Funeral Service.


Funeral Service

11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 4, 2023

Christian Church

Missouri Valley, Iowa

Officiating                                       Pastor Matt Zingraf

Pianist                                                  Tammi Mether

Vocalists                                 Emery and Sharon Killian

Congregational Selections

“To God Be the Glory”

Vocal Selection

“Precious Lord, Take my Hand”

“I Want to Stroll Over Heaven with You”

Casket Bearers

Doug Bertelsen                                             Jake Stone

Stefan Cooper                                           Travis Smiley

Ted Radloff                                             Andrew Lawver

Final Resting Place

Grange Cemetery

Honey Creek, Iowa

2:00 p.m.



  • Katie Barrett Wehring Posted February 28, 2023 3:51 pm

    The Angel’s are opening their arms for this sweet lady. Bless the family in this difficult time.

  • Mick and Kim Klein Posted February 28, 2023 7:48 pm

    Prayers for your family during this time of grieving.

  • Mick and Kim Klein Posted February 28, 2023 8:00 pm

    our sympathy and prayers 🙏 at this time of your sorrow of the loss of your mother. God Bless you all.

  • Patty (DOYLE) NIEDERMYER & TOM Posted March 1, 2023 2:31 am

    Wonderful BEAUTIFUL LADY.


    Rural Magnolia IOWA/

  • Claudia Mefford Posted March 1, 2023 10:47 am

    I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a lovely person inside and out. I’ll always remember her and Patti singing in the choir at church and thinking what a beautiful woman she was. My deepest sympathy to your family.

  • JJ Andregg Posted March 1, 2023 3:48 pm

    She left such a wonderful legacy. What a beautiful life. I’m sorry for your loss.

  • Barb Holthe Posted March 2, 2023 1:58 pm

    I am so sorry. Ron is in the hospital and being transferree to the
    Nursing Home. I am sorry I can’t attend the service. My deepest
    Sympathy to each of you! May God look after you at this time!

  • Julie Battern Posted March 3, 2023 8:31 am

    I am so veey sorry for your loss. As I was reading this I thought you described your mother beautifully. I remember my days as a child staying at your hiuse. Your mother was always in the k
    itchen preparing the next meal. I enjoyed a lot of feasts as a child around your family table. Love and prayers. Julie

    • Donna Posted March 6, 2023 2:00 pm

      Thank you Julie for your sweet message.

  • Teresa Bertelson Posted March 3, 2023 8:44 am

    so sorry for the loss of your Mother

  • Dennis Robinson Posted March 3, 2023 8:53 am

    There are a few parents i consider second to my own and even though i was a little terror Loretta was like a mom. Your family will always be part of my life and anyone who knew and loved Loretta is better for it.

  • Regena Epperson=Weber Posted March 3, 2023 9:42 am

    Kitchen am so sorry for your loss. The assurance of our Love and salvation will see you through this journey Love you all

  • Diane (Epperson) Cooper Posted March 3, 2023 11:07 am

    I have sweet memories!!! Your family is in our thoughts and prayers!!!

  • Chrystal Rico Posted March 3, 2023 8:32 pm

    I’m sorry for your loss. What a blessing she was to so many.

  • Sarah Merksick Posted March 7, 2023 9:27 am

    So sorry for your loss. She was an amazing woman, and a blessing to so many.🙏

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