Bertha McLane, 77, died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, following a sudden illness.

A celebration of Bertha’s life will be held at a later date. Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa, has taken Bertha and her family into their care.

Surviving are five sons, Gary (Sheri), Cedar Rapids, John (Cheryl), Anamosa, James, Florida, Christopher, Alabama, and Ralph (Brenda) Springville; 13 grandchildren and a whole bunch of great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Dorothy Penfold and Mabel Massengal, both in Texas.

Bertha Fay McLane was born July 17, 1942, in Hutchinson County, Texas, near Borger. She was the daughter of Cloyed and Mabel (Hughes) Ball. Bertha attended the Borger area schools and later worked at the local water company. She married Leslie McLane while living in Hutchinson County and in 1964, they moved to Anamosa. The couple later divorced.

Bertha did contract painting in the Anamosa area. She had also worked at Meth Wick Manor as a nurse’s aide. She retired from painting in 2008.

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