Bertha Trager, 95, Meservey, died peacefully on March 15, 2021 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond. Services will be held Thursday, March 25 at 2:00 p.m. at First Reformed Church in Meservey. Burial will be in the Meservey Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
Bertha was born Oct. 13, 1925 to Tony and Bernadine Boelman. Her mother died in childbirth, so her Aunt Minnie and Uncle Henry Dirks raised her on a farm near Meservey. Her six siblings, the oldest being 11 at the time, lived with their father.
Bertha attended country school through the 8th grade, then stayed home to help on the farm. She married Elmer Trager in 1944 where they lived on a farm near Meservey. They welcomed their only child, Wayne, in 1953. During this time, Bertha was a full-time farm wife and mother. Later she worked at Hensel Brothers Produce in Alexander, the Great West Lamp Factory in Forest City, and finally at Winnebago Industries in Forest City, retiring in 1993 after dedicating 17 years to the company. After that, she occasionally worked at Stockman’s Cafe in Garner and later at the Chit Chat Cafe in Thornton, earning a little “fun money”.
Bertha moved from the country to her home in Meservey in 1994. She enjoyed going on bus trips to casinos with her friends, having root beer floats with her neighbors, playing solitaire with her morning coffee, and putting puzzles together. She especially looked forward to the events during Meservey’s annual July 4 celebration.
Bertha moved to the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond in January 2018. She really liked living at the rehab center where she could socialize and participate in many activities until the pandemic isolated her to her room.
Bertha will be remembered by her grandchildren for her amazing homemade cookies, freezer jam, trips to go play bingo, and NEVER missing her Thursday appointment to get her hair done. She loved her family and was a generous mother and grandmother. Bertha will be remembered for her straightforwardness, dry sense of humor, and immeasurable independence.
She was preceded in death by her husband; brothers Henry, Roy, Aeiko and Harvey Boelman; and sisters Tena Dirks and Grace Smith.
Bertha is survived by her son Wayne (Val) Trager of Bird Island, MN; grandchildren Eric Keyser of Sacred Heart, MN, Matt (Brooke) Trager of Bird Island, and Chelsey Trager of Sacred Heart, MN; great-grandchildren Bennett Grabow of Renville, MN, and Hunter Malvin and Zane Trager of Bird Island; and great-great granddaughter: Vera Grabow of Renville.