Bertha "Bert" D. Tongish Unger, 95, of Lakewood, Colorado, passed away on November 29, 2007 at the Villa Manor Nursing Home. She was born in Herndon, Kansas on September 10, 1912 to Andrew and Elizabeth (Hafner) Tongish. Bertha married Ed Unger April 19, 1934 at St. Mary's Church in Herndon, Kansas. The couple lived on a farm north of Herndon until 1967, when they moved to McCook, Nebraska where they both worked for Southwest Bell until 1990. They moved to Parrish Care Assisted living home in Yuma, Colorado in 2000. Bert was taken to Villa Manor Nursing Home, Lakewood, Colorado in December of 2005 after falling and breaking her hip.
The love of Bert's life was being a good mother, grandmother and a housewife while helping out on the farm and also helping Ed after they moved to McCook. Her fondest times were spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved to swim weekly at the YMCA. She also loved to fish, play bingo, cards, playing her piano fun machine, and enjoyed flowers and birds. Bert worked as a volunteer at the McCook Hospital for many years. She was also a member of the Christian mothers at St. Mary's Church in Herndon and St. Patrick's Church in McCook.
Bert was preceded in death by her husband Ed, her parents Andrew and Elizabeth; one son, Kenneth; one granddaughter, Casey Jo Unger; two son-in-laws, Larry Barenberg and Jerry Wallman and twelve siblings, Mary O'Leary Lang, Elsie Tongish, Louella Bufman, Florence Westman, Herman Tongish, William Tongish, Andrew Tongish, Jr., Edward Tongish, Erwin Tongish, Clarence Tongish, RayTongish and Roy Tongish with her being the last of thirteen.
She is survived by three sons, Charles and wife, Eileen, of Herndon, Kansas; J.R. and wife, Carole, of Yuma, Colorado; Virgil and wife, Catherine, of Henderson, Nevada; one daughter, Shirley Barenberg of Lakewood, Colorado; one daughter-in-law, Roma Murdock and husband, Bmce, of Sierra Vista, Arizona; twenty-two grandchildren; thirty-two great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Rosary was Sunday evening at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial took place at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Monday, December 3, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. Burial took place in Calvary Cemetery.
Baucke Funeral Home of Yuma, Co and Carpenter Breland Funeral Home, McCook, Ne was in charge of arrangements.