Obituary: Bertha E. Marquardt

Bertha E. Marquardt, 77, died at her home in Newton, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on April 6, 1939, in Capulin, Colo., the daughter of Moisile Vargas and Emilina Arellano. Bertha married Frank Marquardt on Aug. 28, 1974. They shared 42 years together. She was a longtime member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Newton.

Preceding her in death were her parents; children Valerie Frieda Lujan, Mary Jane Vargas, Johnny Chris Lujan Jr. and Matthew Lujan Sr.; and her siblings Lydia Sanchez, Maria DeBargas, Antonio Vargas and Benny Vargas.

Survivors include her husband Frank of the home; son Ronald Cruzen Jr. and his wife Tina; daughters Sonia Kempfert and her husband Steve, and Destiny Marquardt; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, along with her dog Pepper.

Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home in Newton, where the family will receive friends. Graveside services and interment will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Newton.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given to an organization of the donor’s choice. Contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS 67114.

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