Berthana Wirth, 84, of Spring Grove

Berthana Elaine Wirth, age 84 of Spring Grove, died Nov. 6, 2018, at Gundersen Health Systems in La Crosse.

She was born July 5, 1934, in Hesper, Iowa, to Walter and Luverne (Bryant) Bergsrud. She attended Spring Grove High School. She married Peter Wirth, Jr. on June 21, 1951; they lived in Spring Grove for most of their married lives, except for a year in South Carolina in 1964-65.

Berthana worked many years at the local IGA store as it changed hands – from Bunge’s to Dahl’s to Benson’s and finally retiring from Red’s. As deli manager she created many of the favorite deli recipes that were enjoyed for years.

As a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove, she participated in its women’s groups, was a member of the choir, and was an active member of the Newsletter Ladies.  

She had also been active in the American Legion Auxiliary.  Over the years, Berthana enjoyed sewing, reading, cooking, and baking.  

She had a special talent for rosemaling, a Norwegian folk art, and created many beautiful pieces, including providing the artwork on the annual Syttende Mai commemorative souvenirs.

Survivors include her children, Darla (Jim) Hunzeker of Spring Grove; Gregory (Robyn) Wirth of Hokah, Minn.; Jeffory (Julie Stemper) of Waukon, Iowa; and Debra (Kevin) Wolfe of Farmington, Minn.; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Wesley (Peggy) Bergsrud of Anchorage, Alaska, and one sister, LuCinda Thomas of Four Oakes, NC; one sister-in-law, Sylvia Wennes of Mabel and brother-in-law, Robert (Carolyn) Metcalf of Sumner, Iowa; and Red (Judy) Dahle of Spring Grove.

In addition to her parents and her husband Peter, she was preceded in death by her sister, LaDeane Dahle and two brothers, David and Daryel Bergsrud.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Spring Grove, with visitation one hour prior, 10 to 11 a.m. also at the church.

The Rev. Elizabeth Hermeier will officiate.

Roble Funeral Home of Spring Grove is assisting the family with arrangements.

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