Bertha J. Bernhart

Bertha J. Bernhart, 91, Altoona, went to be with the Lord Saturday at UPMC Altoona.

She was born in Cresson, daughter of the late August and Stella (Lowkonski) Szymala. She married Frank X. Bernhart on April 7, 1950, in Cresson, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 25, 1982.

Surviving are a daughter, Janet M. Bernhart of Altoona; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son, Joseph Mark; a sister, Helen Lubert; and five brothers: Joseph, Edward, Victor, John and Carlos Szymala.

Bertha graduated from Cresson High School and Altoona Beauty School. She was a member of the Bavarian Aid Society Women’s Club and Unter Uns Women’s Society, and she enjoyed bowling and sewing.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Oct. 1, 2013, at The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Committal will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1405 Fifth Ave., Altoona, PA 16602.