Alberta “Berta” Warren Barth died on January 1st, 2017 in Mechanicsburg, PA. Berta was born on September 4th, 1936 in Ithaca, New York and graduated from Mattituck High School, Long Island, New York in 1948. She married Walter H. Barth of Monticello and after Walt’s job promotions took them to several towns in Virginia and Maryland, they settled in Lovettsville, VA to raise their family in 1969. During her time in Lovettsville, Berta and her family were members of New Jerusalem Lutheran Parish. After her 4th child, Kate, was born, Berta returned to college to attain a Bachelor’s Degree from George Mason University in VA and then a Master’s degree from Virginia Tech. She was very proud of these accomplishments. Berta began a 25 year career as a second grade teacher for Lovettsville Elementary School and had a positive impact on many students and parents. Following retirement, Berta and Walt moved to Camp Hill, PA where they spent over ten years enjoying the community and making new friends. While in Pennsylvania, they were members of the Camp Hill Presbyterian Church and later the West Shore Brethren in Christ Church. Berta loved to travel with her husband and they were able to visit Europe, the Caribbean, Canada and Mexico multiple times over. With her love for life, gift for conversation and exciting personality, Berta retained a wide group of close friends many of whom she stayed in touch with over decades. Berta along with Walt, enjoyed hosting holiday parties and social events and her laughter could be heard above the din for hours on end. As smart as she was intense, Berta prided herself on being a straight talker who would tell it like it is but along with a sensitivity that was a strong reflection of her life-long faith in God and Jesus Christ. Thankful that she is no longer suffering, we will always miss her engaging personality, her love for her children and grandchildren and all that she brought to this world.
Berta is survived by her son Eric Barth of Ashburn, VA, her daughter Elaine Bonds and her husband Kyle Bonds of Camp Hill, PA, her son Mark Barth and his wife Cheryl Barth of Wake Forest, NC and her daughter Kate Ramos and her husband Robert Ramos of Purcellville, VA. She is also survived by her sister, Marlaine Harvey of Anderson, SC and 8 grand-children: Grace Bonds and her husband Joseph Plowman, Lena Bonds, Parker and Natalie Barth, Thomas, Zack, Cooper and AnnaRose Ramos. Berta was predeceased by her husband Walter Barth, her brother David Warren of Palo Alto, CA, and her sister Rebecca Clancy of North Bellmore, Long Island, NY.
Services will be held at New Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 12942 Lutheran Church Road, Lovettsville, VA 20180 at 11:00 on Saturday, January 14th, 2017. There will be a reception following the service in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, her family believes Berta would want to help children attend Christian Youth Camps. Donations can be made in her honor and sent to: West Shore Brethren in Christ Church, 1085 Orrs Bridge Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 or New Jerusalem Church, Lovettsville, Va.