Elton Bertsch B.D., 1957
July 04, 2008
Your e-mail detailing the activities of graduation weekend has stirred me, finally, to tell you of the death of Elton Bertsch on July 4, 2008. He was a graduate of Andover Newton (the Andover side) in the spring of l957. He did his field work at Central Congregational Church in Newtonville and at Tabernacle Church in Salem. Late in his senior year he decided that perhaps the pastoral ministry wasn’t for him after all. He was never ordained or continued in that profession but returned to South Dakota where he was in the life insurance business with Northwestern Mutual for almost 39 years. He never lost his interest in Andover Newton and enjoyed receiving communications from the Hill. We both agreed that our years on campus were among the best years of our lives. Elton was 77 years old at the time of his death from Parkinson’s Disease.
I send my best wishes for a great weekend coming up. Even I would enjoy being there for that event. It looks so interesting. Thank you, Andover Newton for all you have been to us in years past as a student and wife of a student.