Bertha Bar­bara Paist

The Ambler Gazette - - OBITUARIES -

Feb. 5, 1V17 to Sept. 18,

2012 Bertha Bar­bara Paist passed away on Sept. 17, 2012, at her home in Elk Grove, Calif., in the pres­ence of her im­me­di­ate fam­ily. Born in Philadel­phia, Pa., Bertha was the daugh­ter of the late Carl and Bar­bara Un­rath. Bertha was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band of 50 years, J. Charles Paist, who passed away in 1VVV; her brother, Carl F. Un­rath; and sis­ter Alice M. Kirner.

As an in­fant, Bertha moved to Hat­boro Pa., grad­u­at­ing from Hat­boro High School with top hon­ors. As a sopho­more, Bertha was the ed­i­tor of the school news­pa­per, Hat Chat, and was a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor to the Philadel­phia Bul­letin col­umn Hi-De-Ho. Dur­ing her high school years, Bertha worked for Sun­theimer’s Bak­ery and upon grad­u­a­tion worked for Bell Tele­phone of Penn­syl­va­nia for seven years, reach­ing the po­si­tion of su­per­vi­sor. In 1V58, she co-founded Grove Fuel Oil with her hus­band, Charles.

Bertha was a mem­ber of the Epis­co­pal Church of the Ad­vent and of the vMCA of Hat­boro, where she vol­un­teered her time at the vMCA Thrift Store. Her gar­den­ing in­ter­est in­cluded flRZHUV, YHJHWDEOHV DQG fruit trees, which al­ways flRuULVKHG DW WKHLU KRPHV in Hat­boro, Palm Har­bor, Fla., and Elk Grove, Calif.

Bertha took pride in her spe­cial Philadel­phia-style cook­ies — nut quiches, al­mond cook­ies, pizzelles, spritz and choco­late chips and a cheese pie (not cheese cake), giv­ing them as gifts to friends and bank tell­ers she con­ducted busi­ness with. A fa­vorite pas­time was cro­chet­ing, which re­sulted in a large num­ber of un­usual afghans for fam­ily, friends and ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Bertha and Charles re­tired to Palm Har­bor, Fla., in 1VV2 to en­joy snow­less days and year-round sun­shine. In 2001, Bertha re­lo­cated to Elk Grove, Calif., to be closer to fam­ily. While in Elk Grove, Bertha ZDV DSSRLQWHG DV RI­fiFH DGmin­is­tra­tor for Linda Paist Prop­erty Man­age­ment.

Bertha is sur­vived by her three chil­dren, Linda Du­gan and hus­band Den­nis of Elk Grove, Jay Paist and wife Kathryn of Omaha, Neb., and Harry Paist and wife Francesca of San Jose, Calif.; grand­chil­dren Chris­tine Amorose of Elk Grove and Jil­lian and Re­becca Paist of San Jose, and grand-dogs, An­nie Du­gan of Elk Grove, Fig­ment Paist of Omaha and Harley Paist of San Jose.

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