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 Bertha Ethel <I>Sullivan</I> Eperthener

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Bertha Ethel Sullivan Eperthener

Birth
Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia, USA
Death
30 Jul 1965 (aged 80)
Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia, USA
Burial
Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID
122612627 View Source

Bertha was the next to youngest of eight children born to Enoch B. and Susan (Carter) Sullivan. She lived most of her life at what was then 1758 Adams Avenue in the Adamston community of Clarksburg. That home was built by her father in _____. After Bertha's death it was purchased by the nearby factory and was later torn down as part of the construction of the four-lane US 50.
She was an "old maid"of 39 years when she met and married Louis N. Eperthener in 4 September 1924 in Clarksburg. Lou worked at Adamston Flat Glass.
Bertha and Lou were unique individuals - Bertha preferred to work outdoors and tended the family garden and flowers, took care of the ornamental fishpond in family front yard and just about everything that needed down outside. Lou enjoyed indoor work. He cooked and baked and did much of the housework.
While she had no children, she doted on her nieces and nephews. She was especially close to the sons and grandchildren of her younger sister, Lillus Sullivan Gregoire, who lived next door.
Using Bertha's words, she "worked with the public" all of her adult life. Her last employment was with the Ralph Swiger Hardware and Furniture Store on West Pike Street in Adamston.
I could go on and on about "Aunt Bertha" but this is not the place. Maybe one day I'll write a story about her for some public organization, maybe even Goldenseal Magazine. You see, she wasn't just Bertha to me - she was my Aunt Bertha - and I'm who I am today, because of her. She took me to church and taught me about Jesus. She bought me a piano and paid for my piano lessons; because of that, I sometimes play for my church. She encouraged my writing. She took me to graveyards and encouraged me to talk about my family.
God be with you till we meet again, Aunt Bertha. I love you and miss you - but I know you are just "over there." We shall meet again one day!

Bertha was the next to youngest of eight children born to Enoch B. and Susan (Carter) Sullivan. She lived most of her life at what was then 1758 Adams Avenue in the Adamston community of Clarksburg. That home was built by her father in _____. After Bertha's death it was purchased by the nearby factory and was later torn down as part of the construction of the four-lane US 50.
She was an "old maid"of 39 years when she met and married Louis N. Eperthener in 4 September 1924 in Clarksburg. Lou worked at Adamston Flat Glass.
Bertha and Lou were unique individuals - Bertha preferred to work outdoors and tended the family garden and flowers, took care of the ornamental fishpond in family front yard and just about everything that needed down outside. Lou enjoyed indoor work. He cooked and baked and did much of the housework.
While she had no children, she doted on her nieces and nephews. She was especially close to the sons and grandchildren of her younger sister, Lillus Sullivan Gregoire, who lived next door.
Using Bertha's words, she "worked with the public" all of her adult life. Her last employment was with the Ralph Swiger Hardware and Furniture Store on West Pike Street in Adamston.
I could go on and on about "Aunt Bertha" but this is not the place. Maybe one day I'll write a story about her for some public organization, maybe even Goldenseal Magazine. You see, she wasn't just Bertha to me - she was my Aunt Bertha - and I'm who I am today, because of her. She took me to church and taught me about Jesus. She bought me a piano and paid for my piano lessons; because of that, I sometimes play for my church. She encouraged my writing. She took me to graveyards and encouraged me to talk about my family.
God be with you till we meet again, Aunt Bertha. I love you and miss you - but I know you are just "over there." We shall meet again one day!


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