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  • Rosemary Ermis
    Mrs. Gerhard W. (Frances) Bertschler, 60, a longtime Galveston resident and school nurse, died Tuesday at John Sealy Hospital after a long illness. Funeral
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      Mrs. Gerhard W. (Frances) Bertschler, 60, a longtime Galveston resident and school nurse, died Tuesday at John Sealy Hospital after a long illness.
       
      Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Central United Methodist Church, the Rev. Robert Greaves and the Rev. Don Duran officiating.  Burial will be in Galveston Memorial Park, Hitchcock.
       
      Mrs. Bertschler was born April 5, 1914, in Taylor, Texas, and has been a Galveston resident for 40 years.  She was a school nurse for the Galveston Independent School District and a member of the Texas State Teachers Association.  She attended Central United Methodist Church.  She was a graduate of Taylor High School and the John Sealy College of Nursing.
       
      At the time of her death she was a nurse for the Galveston Independent School District, the Island Association for Retarded Children, Fidelis Class and Women's Society of Christian Service and Oleander Sister Lodge No. 43, Sons of Hermann.
       
      Survivors include her husband; three sons, George Bertschler of Houston, John Bertschler of Commerce and Tom Bertschler of Austin; a daughter, Mrs. R. D. Cummings of Taylor; three brothers, John Lorenc and Franc Kotrla, both of Taylor, and Jerry Kotrla of Temple; three sisters, Mrs. Joe Jirasek of Houston and Mrs. John A. Simcik and Miss Vlasta Kotrla, both of Taylor; an aunt, Mrs. Theresa Slovacek of Crosby; and two uncles, Wilheim Blaha and Frank Blaha, both of Schulenburg.
       
      Pallbearers will be Kenneth Maser, E.J. Grady, Howard White, B.L. Turney, Emmett Owen and Conway Barker.  Honorary pallbearers will be Ramsey Searcy and Gordon Williams.
       
      Visitors may call at J. Levy & Bro. Funeral Home after 4 p.m. today and at the church after 11 a.m. Thursday.
       
      The family has asked that memorials be made to the organ fund of Central United Methodist Church.
       
      Galveston Daily News, Wednesday, February 12, 1975
       
      Submitted by Rosemary Ermis
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