BANGOR - Bertha N. Witham, wife of the late Clarence F. Witham, passed away peacefully Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, after a brief stay at a Bangor hospital, and after years of failing health during which she never once complained. She was born June 5, 1917, in Monson, the daughter of Ryner and Florence (Carlberg) Sandberg.
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Bertha attended Monson schools and graduated from Monson Academy in 1935. During the next decade she was employed at Packard's Camps, Willimantic, and then Milliken Tool Co., Orange, Mass. Returning to Maine, she worked at Stuart Mfg. Co., Bangor. A communicant at St. John's Catholic Church, Bangor, she was a past member of its Women's Council and Sodality, and also an auxiliary member of Telephone Pioneers of America. As a convert to Catholicism who took seriously her faith and the call to engage in the Corporal Works of Mercy on behalf of those in need, Bertha performed hundreds of hours of volunteer service at Bangor City Nursing Facility. And for many years she donated generously to innumerable nonprofit agencies and to the church. It was this same benevolent attitude that made her among the most kind and devoted mothers in the whole world. Bertha was a lifelong reader and when she was younger enjoyed traveling, coin and stamp collecting, and watching Boston sports teams - hobbies and activities that sparked similar interests in her son.
Bertha is survived by a son, David, of Bangor; many nieces and nephews. Survivors also include the hard working and caring staff at Phillips-Strickland House, Bangor, to which she moved earlier this year; a good friend, Peg Redman of Bangor; and dedicated caregivers, Betty Hotham of Hampden and June Paul of Old Town. In addition to her parents and husband, Bertha was predeceased by two brothers, John and wife, Mary, and Ernest and wife, Elsie, all of Monson.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate Bertha's life 6-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at Greenlawn Memorial Funeral Home, 300 State St., Bangor. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at St. John's Catholic Church, 207 York St., Bangor.
Published in BDN Maine on Dec. 8, 2012