Fred Bertelsman Sr.

Fred Bertelsman Sr.
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Fred J. Bertelsman Sr., 85, of Smithton, IL, born December 24, 1930, in Belleville, IL, died Monday, March 28, 2016, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO, surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Bertelsman worked as an automobile mechanic all his life.  He was an avid golfer and enjoyed his retirement.  He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL.

Fred was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Gloria C., nee Masterson, Bertelsman, whom he married on August 5, 1950, and who died on August 22, 2013; his parents, William C. and Minnie, nee Macha, Bertelsman; five brothers, Leo, Henry, Raymond, George and Frank Bertelsman; and two sisters, Rose Peabody and Teresa Meyer.

Surviving are his eight children, Joyce (Robert) Mense,
Fred Jr. (Linda) Bertelsman,
Peggy (Steve) Cooper,
Danny (Joyce) Bertelsman,
Karen Surber,
Kenny (Mari) Bertelsman,
Denise (Chuck) Ahrens,
and Mark (Carol) Bertelsman;
16 grandchildren, Christopher (Katie) Mense, Rob Mense, Jessica (Zach) Holliday,
Ben Cooper, Casey and Ali Bertelsman, Angela (Justin) Lysakowski,
Brett Surber, Ashley (Ed) Szczepanski,
Danielle McCann,
Taylour and Brice Bertelsman,
Cameron (Renee) Ahrens, Clay Ahrens,
and Sarah and Chris Bertelsman;
12 great-grandchildren, Brody, Grady, and Finn Mense,
Luke, Jackson and Tyler Lysakowski,
Mitchell and Emaline McCann,
Edward Szczepanski,
and Abigail, Taylor and Collin Ahrens,
two brothers, Steve Bertelsman of Belleville, IL,
and Ralph (Neva) Bertelsman of Collinsville, IL;
two sisters, Julia Pierpoint of Freeburg, IL,
and Dottie Prindable of Belleville, IL;
and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Building Fund, Smithton, IL.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2016, and from 9 o 10 a.m. Friday, April 1, 2016, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL.  A Smithton Senior Citizen service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 1, 2016, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL, with Father Stanley Konieczny officiating.  Burial will follow at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Smithton, IL.

Condolences Left For Fred Bertelsman Sr.

Denise, Fred, Pop & I had a lot of good times over the many years I knew him. Especially all the golf trips we were on. You always knew where he stood and believed in. I will miss him and think about him often.

Tony Wasser, Belleville , Il, 62220

My deepest sympathy to the Bertelsman family. So sorry to hear of Fred’s passing.

Donna Mitchell, SPRINGFIELD, Missouri, 65804-4358


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