Bertina Anderson, age 83, was ushered into the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on January 31, 2018, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln, NE after a short illness.
A Celebration of Life service will take place on Saturday, February 10th, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., at the Monroe Evangelical Free Church in rural Hamilton County. The family will greet guests following the service and at the fellowship lunch.
Bertina Ruth Beins, was born January 28, 1935, at Aurora, NE, to Harold and Amy (Lockhart) Beins.
Bertina was raised on a farm, attended country school and then graduated from Phillips High School in 1952. Bertina was known, during her growing up years, for her baton twirling, her hard work on the farm, and raising prize 4-H calves. Bertina then continued her education at Clarkson Hospital School of Nursing in Omaha, where she became a Registered Nurse.
She met the love of her life, Gerald (Jerry) Anderson, of Aurora, while she was in high school and their romance and engagement happened while she was in Nurses’ Training and while Jerry was overseas serving in Korea and Japan. They were married August 7, 1955, at the Christian Church in Aurora, NE. Born to this union were five children: Carrie, Ricky, Shelly, Barry, and Kenda.
Bertina loved nursing and served in that capacity for over sixty years. She worked at St. Francis and Lutheran Hospitals in Grand Island, at Aurora’s Memorial Hospital where she served as Director of Nurses for a time. She also worked at Hamilton Manor in Aurora, the G.I. Veterans’ Home, and helped with Aurora’s immunization and outpatient clinics. She touched many lives with her nursing skills and caring heart.
Bertina’s first love however, besides her relationship with the Lord, was her family, where she unselfishly loved, served, encouraged, and prayed for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Bertina also lovingly served as Jerry’s primary caregiver in recent years with his many health challenges.
Bertina was also involved in her church home, the Monroe Evangelical Free Church, where she served faithfully through the years as a Sunday School Teacher, Bible School Teacher, Women’s Ministries, Committee Chairman, Coordinator of Funeral Dinners, served and coordinated Coffee Fellowship Time and also for Communion Services. She loved to serve people and did that well!
Bertina was a wonderful cook and great hostess. She loved working outside and took pride in her yard, flowers, and roses.
Those left to cherish all the wonderful memories are her husband Jerry of Aurora; daughter Carrie (Brian) Barber of rural Phillips; daughter Shelly (Pat) Seaton of Greeley, CO; son Barry (Melanie) Anderson of Cottage Grove, MN, and daughter Kenda (Jon) High of Johnson’s Lake; twelve grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren: Ben (Rebecca) Barber; Alynn (Chad) Coleman, Shayleigh, Camden, and Halleigh; Alicia (Monte) Hermsmeyer, McKinley, Becklynn, and Kymber; Josh and Amalea Lantzer; A.J. Lantzer; Dan (Chelsea) Lantzer and Brooks; Aaron (Keri) Anderson and Levi; Elise (Michael) Long; Ethan Anderson; Zach (Kylie) High, Vivian and Macie; Nate (Charis) High, Lydia and Titus; and MiKayle (Kyle) Ehlers, Ava and Milana; Sister Bev (Len) Beckenbach of Lincoln, NE, brother-in-law Francis Webb of Everett, WA; nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, church family and friends.
Bertina was preceded in death by her parents, son Ricky Lynn, and in-laws, Irving and Violet Anderson, Warren (Norma) Anderson and Connie Webb.
Cremation. No visitation. Service in the future. Memorials may be sent to Aspen to be forwarded to the family. They will then be applied to helping a future Hamilton County Nursing Student in memory of Bertina.