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Bertha Brown

October 9, 2019


Bertha Josephine (Windholz) Brown, 92, of Walker, Kansas returned to her heavenly home on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at Main Street Manor in Russell, Kansas. She was born to Alexander J. “Alex” and Clara (Mermis) Windholz on the family farm north of Walker, Kansas on January 12, 1927.  She began her schooling at a country school near the farm and finished her education at Gorham High School.

Bertha was blessed with a large and loving family. She married her best friend Richard A. Brown, on April 22, 1946, in Emmeran, Kansas. He preceded her in death on January 31,1980.  This marriage was blessed with six children, Colene, Richard, Jr., Jolene, Roger, Galene and Rodney. Bertha raised her six children with love, strong religious values, and compassion. She taught them to work hard, be honest, and live by the golden rule, “treat others the way you want to be treated.” From the very beginning, she dedicated her children to God.

Bertha was a homemaker who loved the outdoors, and worked seven years at Travenol Labs.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Gorham, Kansas.  She was kind and outspoken, and always let you know where you stood. She always welcomed guests with a table full of food. Her grandchildren never left without a handmade gift that she spent hours creating with her own special touch. She will be dearly missed by her loved ones, who celebrate the fact that she is at peace with her creator.

Surviving to honor her memory are her children, Colene Schmitt and husband, JW, Gorham, KS; Richard Brown, Jr., Walker, KS; Jolene Purvis and husband, Joe, Hobbs, NM; Roger Brown, Walker, KS; Galene Steckel (Rod), Russell, KS; Rodney Brown and wife, Michelle, Gorham, KS; one sister, Arlene Brown, Ellis, KS; two sisters-in-law, Henrietta Windholz, Hays, KS; and Rosie Guerico, Victoria, KS; 18 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard; her sisters, Evelyn Dreher, Amelda Bieker, Viola Weigel, and one infant sister; her brothers, Louis Windholz, Edward Windholz, and Francis Windholz; and grandson Clayton Brown.

Funeral Mass will be at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Gorham, Kansas with a burial immediately following at St. Fidelis Cemetery in Victoria, Kansas.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:30 P.M. Monday, and from 12:00 to 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Gorham, KS.

A family rosary will begin at 6:30 P.M. Monday, followed by a vigil service at 7:00 P.M. Monday, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Gorham, Kansas.

The family suggests memorials to Main Street Manor/Russell Regional Hospital.

Services are entrusted to Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary, 412 Main Street, Victoria, Kansas 67671.

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Funeral Mass
October 15, 2019

2:00 PM
St. Mary's ~ Gorham

Gorham, ks

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