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Bertha Elizabeth Ross Behrens
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Birth: Jun. 7, 1908
Jersey City
Hudson County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Aug. 10, 2010
Tinton Falls
Monmouth County
New Jersey, USA

Following Published in Asbury Park Press on August 12, 2010:


Bertha Elizabeth Ross Behrens, 102, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010 at her home at Renaissance Gardens, Tinton Falls. Bertha was born in Jersey City, NJ on June 7, 1908.

She was a graduate of William L. Dickinson High School, class of 1926, and earned a teacher's certificate from Jersey City Normal School, 1928. After teaching in Cliffside Park for 3 years, she taught eighth grade and the art and music programs at P.S. 24 School for many years before retiring in 1969.

In 1938, she married Roland Joseph Behrens, the love of her life. Mr. Behrens was a past Grand Master of the Masonic Lodge of NJ. Bertha supported and attended many Masonic functions with him. Bertha was devoted to Roland, "her fella." They lived in Jersey City before retiring to Long Branch and Nalcrest, Florida.

Bertha grew up in Jersey City where she was a member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church. Where she was active in the choir, was superintendent of the Sunday school and active in the theater group as well as met Roland at the church. Bertha loved music and she had a beautiful soprano voice. She was a soloist for many weddings, she always gave any money she was paid to the bride as her gift to the newlyweds. Because she was often whistling and singing as she went through her day, her husband nicknamed her "Birdie". She later belonged to Zion Lutheran Church in Jersey City and to Reformation Lutheran Church in West Long Branch. Bertha always recognized for her sense of fashion and flamboyant hats. A New York paper once said that Bertha "was seen wearing one of her hats in the Easter parade on the boardwalk in Atlantic City." At Seabrook, she dressed up every day in a jacket and dress with earrings and necklaces. She enjoyed going to the Red Hat meetings. She enjoyed art, knitting, gardening and bird-watching. She was a talented cook and hosted many parties and picnics at her Long Branch home. She was a generous aunt to her nieces and nephews.

After Mr. Behrens' death in 1986, Mrs. Behrens continued to live in Long Branch and Nalcrest until she moved to Seabrook Village in Tinton Falls in 2001, where she was active in the Protestant Community Church and the choir. Her love of singing, fashion and faithful service to the Lord continued to her death.

She was predeceased by her parents, Jesse and Anna Ross, and her sister, Alyce Yvonne Ross Olsson.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Edna Behrens Platz; her niece, Lois Platz Kopf and her husband Rodger; her niece, Joanne M. Platz and her husband Wm. Gregory Parmele; her nephew, Charles A. Platz; her niece, Dorothy Van Kirk and many grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Visitation will be Friday August 13th, 2-6 pm at the Woolley Funeral Home, 10 Morrell St. Long Branch. Funeral services, Saturday August 14th at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Broadway and Locust Avenue, West Long Branch. Interment New York Bay Cemetery, Jersey City.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: the Masonic Charity Foundation of NJ 902 Jacksonville Road, Burlington, NJ 08016, the Benevolent Care Fund at Seabrook Village, 3000 Essex Road, Tinton Falls, NJ 07753 or to the Lutheran Church of the Reformation 992 Broadway, West Long Branch, NJ 07764. 
Bayview-New York Bay Cemetery
Jersey City
Hudson County
New Jersey, USA
Created by: Stanwood
Record added: Aug 12, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56965586
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