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Marilyn “M.J.” Bertsch

Jun 30, 2017
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Marilyn “M.J.” Bertsch, 75, of Fairfield, died Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Visitation will begin after 10 a.m., on Monday, July 3, 2017, at Olson~Powell Memorial Chapel, where the family will greet friends from noon until the time of the funeral service at 1 p.m. Rev. Jeff McPheron will be officiating. Following the funeral service at the Memorial Chapel, burial will be held in Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Ottumwa. Gifts of love and friendship may be given to the family for the purchase of trees for the beautification of Mt. Pleasant. Online condolences may be directed to

Bertsch was born on March 6, 1942, in Ottumwa, the daughter of Donald and Bernice Mason Hutton. She received her education from Hedrick High School. In Oct. of 1958, she married James L. Bertsch. The couple later divorced.

Following high school, Bertsch worked as a bookkeeper for a grain elevator in Fairfield, and then in Ollie at Downey Furniture. Best known as a local florist, Bertsch started working for her daughter at Country Charm Flowers and Gifts in 1985. She became a certified florist many years ago and has used her skill and talent ever since.

Bertsch enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. In her younger years, she enjoyed camping and boating, along with tending her flower garden.

Bertsch is survived by three daughters, Janyce (Bob) Gray, of Cedar Rapids, Tammie Haney, of Fairfield and Sherry (Mike Shannan) Bertsch, of Washington; and one granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Carolyn Besco.


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