January 1999

Bertha Busch

by Joseph H. RADDER

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Bertha Busch moved to North Tonawanda in 1923 when she was married. Her husband and two children took top priority even though she worked full-time at Remington Rand for 25 years.

Bertha still found time to be active in the PTA, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. She was one of the original members of the Altar Guild of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, where she still attends services regularly. During World War II she taught first aid classes for the American Red Cross which were attended by a majority of Tonawandas residents.

When her grandchildren arrived, Mrs. Busch always found time to spend with them each weekend.

Upon retiring, Busch joined the Golden Agers in Tonawanda and held the position of President for over 20 years. During that time she dedicated 20 hours a week to the organization. She still attends their craft classes and weekly meetings and participates in their activities when she is able. Busch was also a charter member of the Niagara County Council on Aging and served a term as secretary.

Bertha gives her family a wonderful example of how happy one can be when one is ready to do God’s work—caring for other people. 

Joseph H. Radder is a freelance writer.


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