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Bertha A. Briesemeister, 103 ½, Rio

Bertha A. Briesemeister, age 103½ of Rio, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, at Tivoli Nursing Center in Portage.

She was born May 20, 1914, the daughter of the late Edmund and Olga (Martin) Thiele. Bertha married Frank Briesemeister in March 1939. He preceded her in death in 1977. Bertha loved being outside, tending the flowers, doing yardwork and gardening. She also enjoyed raising chickens, baking, her pets, painting and traveling. Her truest joy was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She worked at the canning factory for many years and also worked at Wisconsin Cheeseman. Bertha was a strong believer in taking care of what you have.

Survivors include daughters Bernice Thiele, Evelyn Tomczak and Virginia Olson; grandchildren Steven (Jean), Barbara, Susan, Scott, Sandra (John), Dan and Brian; 20 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Frank; son, Edward Briesemeister; daughter, Gladys Hon; grandchildren, Jackie and Jeff Tomczak; brothers, Walter, Edward and Alvin; and sons-in-law, George Tomczak and Larry Olson.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at Rio Assembly of God Church, N3974 Williams Road, Rio, with the Rev. Shawn Hardie officiating. Interment will follow at Bonnet Prairie Cemetery in Rio. Visitation will from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services Saturday at the church. Memorials may be made to the family in Bertha’s name. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Tivoli for the care they gave Bertha. Online condolences may be made at www.grassefs.com. Grasse Funeral Service of Rio is serving the family.