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Bertha Lucille Gerber

Female 1923 - 2011


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  • Name  Bertha Lucille Gerber  [1, 2
    Born  23 Jul 1923  Lowell, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender  Female 
    Non-line Spouse 
    • Bertha was married to Raymond Jackson before her marriage to Myron.
    Iowa State Census  1925  Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Bertha Gerber, daughter, female, white, age 2, single, number of years in the U.S.: 2, number of years in Iowa: 2, place of birth: Iowa, name of father: Ray Gerber, father's birthplace: Iowa, father's age at last birthday: 37, name of mother: Leah Gregg, mother's birthplace: Iowa, mother's age at last birthday: 28, place of marriage of parents: Iowa
    Census  1930  Lowell, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Bertha L. Gerber, daughter, female, white, age 6, single, attended school since September 1929, could read and write, born in Iowa, father's birthplace Iowa, mother's birthplace Iowa, state code: 65, occupation none
    High School  1942  New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    New London High School 
    Newspaper Article  16 Mar 1945  Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    The Mt. Pleasant News 
    • Lowell

      [...] Mrs. Claude Rheim and son Kenneth and Mrs. Ernest Williams are spending this week in Fort Madison with Marna Thornburg and Bertha Gerber. [...]
    Newspaper Article  17 Feb 1949  Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    The Mt. Pleasant News 
    • Shower for Mrs. Velma Weigert: Lowell (IA) -- At the Lowell Hall a lovely shower was given [...] Those attending were [...] Mrs. Raymond Jackson [...]
    Newspaper Article  22 Mar 1950  Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    The Mt. Pleasant News 
    • Pink and Blue Shower Given at Lowell

      Lowell (IA) -- A pink and blue shower was given in honor of Mrs. Marvin Tebbs by her sister Mrs. Delbert Blint, Sunday afternoon. Those present were [...] Mrs. Bertha Jackson [...]
    Education  1951  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Burlington Beauty Academy 
    Residence  Jul 1977  Keosauqua, Van Buren County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Residence  Aug 1986  rural Keosauqua, Van Buren County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Died  3 May 2011  Farmington, Van Buren County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Obituary  6 May 2011  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    The Hawk Eye 
    • Bertha Thornburg, 87, of Farmington, died Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at her home.

      Born July 23, 1923, in Lowell, she was the daughter of Ray E. and Leah E. Gregg Gerber. On August 26, 1945, she married Raymond Jackson. He died April 23, 1965. On July 30, 1971, she married Myron Thornburg. He died August 6, 1994.

      Mrs. Thornburg had a beauty shop in Lowell since 1952. She graduated from New London High School in 1942, and from Burlington Beauty Academy in 1951.

      She was a member of Center Chapel Church in rural Keosauqua. She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star in Douds and served as grand representative in 1988. She also was a member Chapter O, P.E.O. in Farmington, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary in New London, Eagles and a 50-year member of Moose Lodge in Burlington.

      She enjoyed crocheting, pie baking, patching jeans, word search puzzles and dancing.

      Survivors include two stepsons, Walter Thornburg and Earl Thornburg, both of Keosauqua; two stepdaughters, Betty Philips of Montgomery, Texas, and Anna Boecker of Keosauqua; nine stepgrandchildren; 17 stepgreat-grandchildren; one sister, Elsie Williams of Lowell; nieces and nephews.

      Besides her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents and one brother.

      Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. Friday at Elliott Chapel in New London, where family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m., with an Eastern Star service at 7 p.m.

      The funeral for Mrs. Thornburg will immediately follow the Eastern Star service, with Tim Corporon officiating. Private family burial will be Saturday in Oakland Cemetery, Fort Madison.

      The memorial service for Mrs. Thornburg will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Keosauqua United Methodist Church, with the Reverend Doug Harding officiating.

      A memorial has been established for the Lowell Street Lights Fund.
    U.S. Public Records Index 
    • Name: Bertha L. Thornburg; Birth Date: 23 July 1923; Street address: 22595 Nova Avenue; City: Keosauqua; County: Van Buren; State: Iowa; Zip Code: 52565; Phone Number: 319-293-3069; Record Number: 463982809
    Social Security Administration Information 
    • Name: Bertha L. Thornburg; Last Residence: 52626 Farmington, Van Buren, Iowa; Born: 23 July 1923; Last Benefit: 52626 Farmington, Van Buren, Iowa; Died: 3 May 2011; State (Year) SSN issued: Iowa (Before 1951)
    Buried  7 May 2011  Oakland Cemetery, Fort Madison, Lee County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID  I33085  All Families
    Last Modified  2 Mar 2014 

    Father  Ray Edward Gerber,   b. 7 Apr 1887, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1977, Memorial Hospital, Keosauqua, Van Buren County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Leah Esther Gregg,   b. 9 Mar 1895, near Fort Madison, Lee County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1986, Good Samaritan Center, Keosauqua, Van Buren County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  4 Apr 1922  Fort Madison, Lee County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 11, 12
    Newspaper Article  18 Sep 1948  Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    The Mt. Pleasant News 
    • Lowell

      Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Foster entertained Thursday evening in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Otis Webb, Jr., at their home. [...] Those present were [...] Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Gerber [...]
    Newspaper Article  11 Jun 1952  Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    The Mt. Pleasant News 
    • Lowell

      A picnic was enjoyed at the Orville Carr home near Bonaparte Thursday evening in honor of Dayton Thornburg who is home on a furlough. Those attending were [...] Mr. and Mrs. Ray Gerber, Darrell Gerber [...]
    Family ID  F15045  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Raymond Jackson,   d. 23 Apr 1965 
    Married  26 Aug 1945  [2, 5
    Marriage Announcement  26 Sep 1945  Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    The Mt. Pleasant News 
    • Shower For Bride at Lowell Home - Mrs. Earl Skinner, Mrs. Virgil Murphy and Mrs. David Williams entertained at a very pretty miscellaneous shower in honor of Mrs. Raymond Jackson, a recent bride, the former Bertha Gerber, Sunday afternoon, September 16, at the Lowell hall. The room was beautifully decorated in pink, blue, and white streamers. A large white wedding bell hung above the table of gifts. Vases of flowers donated by friends were used in completing the decorating. Candle sticks with blue and pink candles were a center piece for the table.

      Eighty-five guests were present. A number of gifts were sent by friends, who were unable to attend.

      Ice cream, chocolate cake and coffee were served. The favors were baskets filled with candy and nuts.

      Games were the entertainment and prizes were given; also papers were written with advice for the bride.

      The honored guest received many beautiful and useful gifts.
    Shower For Bride at Lowell Home
    Shower For Bride at Lowell Home
    An article regarding a shower given for Bertha Lucille Gerber after her recent marriage to Raymond Jackson. They were married in September 1945.
    Newspaper Article  25 Aug 1948  Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    The Mt. Pleasant News 
    • Lowell News

      Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Jackson and Darrell Gerber attended a birthday at Mt. Union in honor of Mrs. Pearl Mowrey Monday night. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Pickle also attended the party for Mrs. Pickle's mother, Mrs. Mowrey
    Newspaper Article  18 Sep 1948  Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    The Mt. Pleasant News 
    • Lowell

      Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Foster entertained Thursday evening in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Otis Webb, Jr., at their home. [...] Those present were [...] Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Gerber [...]
    Newspaper Article  11 Jun 1952  Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    The Mt. Pleasant News 
    • Lowell

      A picnic was enjoyed at the Orville Carr home near Bonaparte Thursday evening in honor of Dayton Thornburg who is home on a furlough. Those attending were [...] Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Jackson [...]
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F14977  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Myron Earnest Thornburg,   b. 30 Jul 1920, near Lowell, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Aug 1994, Ottumwa Regional Health Center, Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  30 Jul 1971  [5, 16
    U.S. Public Records Index 
    • Name: Myron Thornburg; Street address: 103 North 3rd Street; City: Farmington; County: Van Buren; State: Iowa; Zip Code: 52626; Phone Number: 319-878-4245; Record Number: 1040212101

      Name: Bertha L. Thornburg; Birth Date: July 1923; Street address: 103 North 3rd Street; City: Farmington; County: Van Buren; State: Iowa; Zip Code: 52626; Phone Number: 319-878-4245; Record Number: 1040391455
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F8136  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S588] Veromi Report (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S5035] Jackson, Bertha Lucille (Gerber) - Shower For Bride, (originally published in The Mt. Pleasant News, page 4, Wednesday, September 26, 1945; Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S71] U.S. Public Records Index (ancestry.com) (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S38] 1925 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa; Roll: IA1925_1750

    5. [S3379] Thornburg, Bertha Lucille (Gerber/Jackson) - Obituary, (originally published in the online edition of The Hawk Eye, May 6, 2011; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S776] Social Security Death Index (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S77] 1930 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Lowell town, Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa; enumeration district: 44-1, supervisor's district: 15; sheet number: 5A, page number: 105; enumeration date: April 16, 1930

    8. [S8308] Thornburg, Marna Irene and Bertha Lucille Gerber - Week in Fort Madison, (originally published in The Mt. Pleasant News, page 5, Friday, March 16, 1945; Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S1232] Weigert, Velma Lee (Pickle) - Shower, (originally published in The Mt. Pleasant News, page 5, Thursday, February 17, 1949; Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    10. [S8305] Tebbs, Wilma "Jean" (Pickle) - Shower Given, (originally published in The Mt. Pleasant News, page 2, Wednesday, March 22, 1950; Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    11. [S5074] Gerber, Ray Edward - Obituary, (originally published in The Hawk Eye, page 10, July 8, 1977; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    12. [S5073] Gerber, Leah Esther (Gregg) - Obituary, (originally published in The Hawk Eye, page 3B, August 19, 1986; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    13. [S5037] Foster, Clyde N. and Elbertine (Hampton) - Party in Honor of the Otis Webbs, (originally published in The Mt. Pleasant News, page 6, Wednesday, September 18, 1948; Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    14. [S467] Thornburg, Dayton Lyle - Picnic In Honor of Dayton, (originally published in The Mt. Pleasant News, page 4, Wednesday, June 11, 1952; Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    15. [S5036] Pickle, Richard "Jack" and Evelyn Darlene (Mowrey) - Birthday Party for Mrs. Mowrey, (originally published in The Mt. Pleasant News, page 5, Wednesday, August 25, 1948; Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    16. [S3378] Thornburg, Myron Earnest and Florence E. (Connolly) - Headstone Photograph, (their grave is at the Center Chapel Cemetery in Vernon Township, Van Buren County, Iowa; photo provided courtesy of an unknown contributor at the Iowa Gravestone Photo Project (web site); Memorials #: 241514S3 & 241515S3) (Reliability: 3).