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Catherine B. "Cathy" O'Neill Berta
Birth: Apr. 12, 1940
Death: Apr. 27, 2010

DAVENPORT Catherine B. Berta, 70, a resident of Davenport, died Wednesday, April 28, 2010, at Genesis Medical Center, West Central Park, Davenport, following a noble and dignified battle with cancer.

Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday, May 3, 2010, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 4105 N. Division Street, Davenport. Msgr. James Parizek will be the celebrant of the Liturgy. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport. Visitation will be on Sunday at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home from 2 until 6 p.m. There will be a prayer service to begin the visitation at 2 p.m.

Catherine Bridget O'Neill was born April 12, 1940, in Creston, Iowa, a daughter of Michael Francis and Cecilia (Reardon) O'Neill. She was united in marriage to Jeno Laszlo Berta on August 19, 1961, in Georgetown, Iowa.

She graduated from the former Ottumwa Heights College and then from Marycrest College with a degree in Elementary Education. Mrs. Berta retired after nearly 35 years of teaching. She had taught and molded young minds at Sacred Heart Grade School and then for the Davenport Community School District, First Grade at both Monroe and Harrison Elementary Schools.

Cathy was a very devout person of faith. She was a member Our Lady of Victory and was an Associate of the Congregation of the Humility of Mary. She was also very community and civic minded, serving as a board member for the Community Health Care, Inc., from 2003 through 2009, was a Docent for the Figge Museum, and a member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Davenport-Bettendorf Branch. She served as branch president from 1984-1985 and served on the Iowa State Board from 1985-1987. She was especially engaged with the Charitable Trust Scholarship Fund, serving as chair for 10 years. She was the president of the Volunteers for WVIK. Cathy had also been very active in the local Democratic Party. She was very proud of her Irish heritage.

She cherished time spent with her family, especially her loving granddaughters. She also enjoyed playing Bridge and was a big fan of chocolate. Her other hobbies were collecting antiques and traveling, particularly to Ireland.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Berta Freshman Scholarship of the Davenport and Bettendorf AAUW Branch, P.O. Box 621, Bettendorf, IA 52722.
Survivors include her beloved husband, Jeno; a son and daughter-in-law, Jeno and Dr. Dawn Berta, Gilbert, Arizona; and granddaughters, Cassandra and Carly Berta.
She was preceded in death by her parents. May they rest in peace. Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Cathy's obituary at

Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery
Scott County
Iowa, USA
Record added: Apr 30, 2010
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Catherine B. Cathy <i>O'Neill</i> Berta
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Catherine B. Cathy <i>O'Neill</i> Berta
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You certainly touched many lives during your teaching career and all the other activites you were involved in. You have left a wonderful legacy. God Bless and Rest in Peace.
- Genie Lady
 Added: Apr. 30, 2010
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