FAIR LAWN, N.J. -- Bertha E. Wharton, a longtime resident Fair Lawn, died on Saturday, Jan.21. She was 98.
Born in Withee, Wisconsin, Wharton grew up in Pennington, New Brunswick, and Passaic before moving to Fair Lawn 70 years ago. "She was proudly employed with Curtis Wright as a centerless grinder machine operator during World War II," information from the funeral home noted.
She was a charter member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, in Fair Lawn. "An avid gardener, she will be remembered best for her love of family and friends," the funeral home added.
Wharton is survived by her children, Willard Wharton and his wife Katherine Bock, and Larry Wharton and his wife Clare; granddaughter Carrie Wharton Priest and her husband Martin; and great-grandchildren Orson, Vanessa and Madeleine Priest.
She is predeceased by her husband, Willard J. Wharton; grandson Todd Wharton; and her six brothers and sisters.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home, 13-31 Saddle River Rd., in Fair Lawn.The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home, followed by interment at Cedar Lawn Cemetery, in Paterson.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church, 22-15 Broadway, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410.