Fay Bertsch, 70

Posted on March 2, 2015

Faythe (Fay) Ellyn Bertsch of Rockingham County, Va., passed away Feb. 22, 2015 at Sentara RMH Medical Center after a long battle against cancer. She was 70.
Fay was the daughter of the late Arthur and Merle Vranek. She is survived by her husband, Tom; one daughter, Debra (William) Wiseman, of Rockingham County; two sisters, Darlene (Wayne) Tietz, of Weston, Fla. and Ronnie (Jim) Robinson of Ellison Bay, Wisc. Fay is also survived by two nephews, two nieces, and twelve great nieces and nephews.
Fay received a Secretarial Science degree from Northern Illinois University. She taught high school in Clarion, Pa. and Business College in Baton Rouge, La. Fay typed and edited several books and dissertations for authors, and served as interim secretary for the School of Accounting at James Madison University. She also was the Executive Secretary for the Journal of Accounting Education. Fay helped train 4-H junior chefs in the area who went on to win national competitions. She planned and supervised several 4-H banquets for area nonprofit organizations, to help with fund raising and youth education. Also, she served as area coordinator for the distribution of Girl Scout Cookies. Additionally, Fay was active in service to Muhlenburg Lutheran Church for many years.
Fay had zest for life, made friends easily, and inspired others with her kindness and helpfulness. She enjoyed playing the marimba, reading, family, friends, her “grandpuppies” Kermit and Cujo, bridge, cooking, travel, the outdoors, and hiking. Her favorite travels were to waterfalls, castles, historic mansions, butterfly pavilions, and family.
A memorial service will be held at Muhlenburg Lutheran Church in Harrisonburg, Va. on Saturday, March 7 at 4 p.m. The family will receive friends at the church for an hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or the American Heart Association.
Arrangements are being handled by Kyger Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.kygers.com

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