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Monte Sereno Death Notice: Adored 'Granny' 'Mom' Miriam E. Bertelsen Dies

Los Gatos High School alumnae studied journalism at Stanford and worked in public relations; her greatest career, however, was that of being a homemaker.

Miriam 'Betty' Bertelsen, March 3, 1922-Nov. 30, 2013. Courtesy legacy.com
Miriam 'Betty' Bertelsen, March 3, 1922-Nov. 30, 2013. Courtesy legacy.com
Monte Sereno resident Miriam "Betty" Bertelsen, 91, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Nov. 30, 2013.
 
Betty was born in San Francisco on March 3, 1922.

After graduating from Los Gatos High School, Betty attended Stanford University.

After graduating from Stanford with a degree in journalism, she worked in public relations although she spent most of her adult life at home as a loving mother.

Betty died peacefully in her home after enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday with her family.

She was preceded in her death by her loving husband, Bert Bertelsen, MD.

She is survived by her four children: Eric, Carl, Susan, and David, all living in California; her sister Margaret Moore of Washington, D.C., and her brothers Charles Moore of Tucson, Arizona, and James Moore of Sarasota, Florida.

She will also be greatly missed by her grandchildren Mark, Katherine, and Alyssa Bertelsen; Jason, Matthew, and Jonathan Finkelstein; Rachel Levin and her great-granddaughter Hannah Levin.

Betty had a special fondness for her grandchildren who were a source of continual joy and happiness in her later years. 

Family and friends attended a memorial service on Monday, Jan. 13 at the Stanford Memorial Church in Palo Alto where Betty and Bert were married 69 years ago.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Betty's name to the Sempervirens Fund, P.O. Box 1417, Los Altos, CA 94023.

The Sempervirens Fund is dedicated to preserving redwood forests in the Santa Cruz Mountains. 


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Marilyn Leonard January 15, 2014 at 04:19 PM
Condolences to her family and friends. She will be missed.
Larry Arzie January 15, 2014 at 04:31 PM
Everyone I worked with liked Betty. She will be missed.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz January 15, 2014 at 10:18 PM
Condolences 2 Family & Friends.

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