Bertha Mae Watler, 83, of Brazil, died 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004, at her residence.
Born Nov, 8, 1921, in Maquoketa, Iowa, she was the daughter of Leo and Marjorie Bowman Riggs.
Following graduation from Maquoketa High School she volunteered for military service during World War II in the U.S. Navy as a Yeoman First Class.
Bertha married Carl A. Watler, Jr. on Oct. 14, 1951, in Maquoketa at her parents' home. Bertha and Carl established their home in Brazil in 1951, where Bertha became an active member of the First United Methodist Church and continued as an active volunteer for the church until her death.
Bertha was employed as a legal secretary for Kenneth Miller in Brazil from 1951 until 1953 when she became the Practice Manager for Watler Accounting Certified Public Accountants, P.C. (formerly Watler & Watler and Watler and Sons). She served in this management position for the family practice until her retirement in 1989.
Mrs. Watler was active in many volunteer projects in the community including Boy Scouts, the Food Pantry and the Mobile Library of Brazil. She was a member of the Eastern Star Chapter 80 and worked beside her husband as he served in the Masonic Lodge in Brazil.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 42 years, Carl A. Watler, Jr., and by one brother, Lavern Riggs, one sister, Earlene Galloway and a grandson, Christopher David Myers.
She is survived by one son, Steve J. Watler and wife, Jill, of Brazil; one daughter, Carol E. Barnhorst, and husband, Michael, of Bloomfield, Ind.; grandchildren Constance M. Trusler and husband Lee and Melissa A. Woods and fiancée Romney Papes, all of Bloomington, Michael Watler and Amanda J. Watler of Brazil; three great-grandchildren; her sisters, Evelyn Efferding of Dubuque, Iowa, and Iona Knight of Richland Center, Wis.; a sister-in-law Uba M. Watler of Brazil; a son-in-law Wendell Woods of Bloomington; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. today at Moore Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at noon Friday in First United Methodist Church of Brazil with the Rev. Tony Alstott officiating. Burial will follow at Bee Ridge Cemetery.
Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Caring Ministry of First United Methodist Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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