February 13, 2014 | Vol. 117 -- No. 43

GESCHKE, Bertie I. (Heng)

GESCHKE, Bertie I. (Heng)

Passed away on Friday Feb. 7, 2014 in Cheney, Wash.

Bertie was born June 21, 1916, in Barnesville, Minn., to John and Elsie (Wilson) Heng. Upon graduating from school, Bertie moved to Yakima. On Aug. 31, 1940, Bertie was united in marriage to Ernest Geschke for 73 years. They had two children, Ernie and Janice. 

Bertie loved life, was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. Bertie and Ernest enjoyed spending the winter months in Sun City, Ariz. She truly loved playing cards, especially bridge. Bertie is survived by her husband Ernest; son, Ernie (Sally); daughter, Janice Reitmeier (Bob); three grandsons, Bryan, Kent (Monica), and Brent; one granddaughter, Brenda Greer (Casey); four great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter; four great-great-grandsons and one great-greatgranddaughter; brothers, Stanley (Marlys) Heng, Russell (Henrietta) Heng, both of Barnesville; sister, Bernice Ernst, Moorhead; sister-in-law, Lavonne Heng, Barnesville; and several nieces and nephews. 

Bertie was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Elmer, Arndt, Raymond and Lloyd; sisters, Ellen, Harriett and Ethel and one grandson, Eric Geschke. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. John Lutheran Church (Medical Lake) Building Fund. Visitation will be 5 – 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Cheney Funeral Chapel.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb.12 at Cheney Funeral Chapel with Rev. Steven Gutzman officiating. Burial will be at Spokane Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

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