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LEWISTON - August Michael Berta, 86, passed away peacefully February 12, 2015, surrounded by his loving family at the Hospice House, Auburn. August was born April 6, 1928, in New York City, the son of the late Amerigo and Anna (Ruggerio) Berta.

August was raised in Queens New York. He graduated from Bayside High School, and while working full time, he attended and graduated from Pace University in New York City. He later attended a masters of business administration program at St. Johns University in New York City. August served in the US Army Signal Corps. from 1950-52.

Following his military service, August began a very successful career in banking, working for Bayside Federal Savings in Queens, NY. He started out there as a staff accountant and worked his way up to become President of the Bank. He later became the chief investment officer of New York and Suburban Federal Saving and Loan, and then moved to Maine to accept a position as President of Auburn Saving and Loan in Auburn from which he retired in 2000.

August married his wife of 58 years, Janet S. Berta, November 20, 1954. They raised four children in the suburbs of New York City, providing them with a safe and loving home, great educations, and 45 consecutive summers at Bog Lake in Northfield, Maine.

August is survived by his four children, Robert Berta of Machias, Joan Casey and husband, Larry, of Pittsfield, Victoria Ballou and husband, Edward, of Auburn and William Berta and wife, Daphne, of Auburn. Grandchildren are Erin Casey-Williams and husband, Jonas, Ryan Casey, Michael Casey, Alison Berta and Corinne Berta. He was predeceased by his parents, wife and sister, Theresa Serabella of Clearwater, Florida. He will be deeply missed by all.

A memorial service honoring August will be celebrated noon Saturday, February 21st, at the funeral home with Father Raymond Picard presiding. In lieu of flowers, donations in August's memory may be made to Alzheimer's Association 225 North Michigan Avenue Floor 17 Chicago, IL 60601 http://www.alz.org/join the cause donate. asp. Family and friends are invited to visit from 6-8PM on Friday February 20th and 10AM until Noon on Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the Pinette Dillingham & Lynch Funeral Home, 305 Alfred A. Plourde Parkway, Lewiston, 784-4023.

Online condolences and sharing of memories may be expressed at www.lynchbrothers.com .
Published on  February 18, 2015
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