Rene’ Bertsch, 54, of Miller, S.D., died Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Society of Miller.
Her memorial service was held Monday, July 2, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Miller with Pastor David Winterfeldt and Pastor Dr. Beth Kelsey officiating.
Reinata (Rene’) Bertsch was born February 22, 1958 to George and Leona (Fawcett) Engelmann in Miller. She attended Ree Heights Elementary School through the eighth grade. She then attended Miller High School and graduated in 1976. She then attended the University of Sioux Falls and graduated with a degree in early childhood development. She also attended South Dakota State University and Northern State University.
After completing her degree, Rene’ became the director of a daycare in Aberdeen, S.D. She moved on to be a nanny in Minneapolis, Minn. and then was an employee of Jones Drug in Miller.
Rene’ married Randy Bertsch on May 22, 1993 in Miller and to this union two children were born, Allison and Adam.
She then returned to her love of being with children and was a teacher with the Skill Builder program in the Miller School District and also was a special education aide. Rene’ had an in-home daycare called Rene’s Little Angels from 1999 through 2003. She then worked at Hand in Hand Daycare from 2004 through 2011 as a helper and nursery school teacher.
Rene’ loved singing in the church choir, refurnishing furniture, cross stitching, photography and scrapbooking. She made several scrapbooks of her children and daycare days. She enjoyed attending community theatres and concerts. Her biggest enjoyment was teaching and caring for children, especially her own.
Rene’ was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Aberdeen Early Childhood Educators, Hand County Library League, Central Plains Arts Council, and the Miller Booster Club.
Rene’ is survived by her husband, Randy of Miller; children, Allison and Adam of Miller; father, George Engelmann and stepmother, Beth Kelsey of Ree Heights; siblings: Melita (Phil) Wiedenman of Huron, Connie (Bob) Templeton of Ree Heights, Chris (John) Niederauer of Miller, Gary (Kathy) Engelmann of Baxter, Minn., and Lori (David) Fremark of St. Lawrence; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Leona.
In honor of Rene’, memorials can be directed to the Miller Area Foundation, 103 W. 3rd St., Miller, SD 57362.
Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Rene’s arrangements. Visit www.familyfuneralhome.net.
Rene’ Bertsch 1958-2012