THE BLAINE CO--THE JOUNAL, NEWS-OPINION Wednesday March 18, 1998
Bertha (Pankrantz) Vian, 85, of Moreno Valley, CA, passed away Feb. 6, 1998, of a stolke, at Extended Care Hospital in Riverside, CA. Memorial services were at Miller-Jones Morturary in perris, CA at 10 a.m. on Feb. 10, 1998. Pastor Fred mumford and a son-in-law Bell Deadorff conducted the services, which Bertha had planned. Interment was in Forest Lawn Cemetery at Cypress, CA.
Bertha was born Jan. 12, 1913 to Robert and Elizabeth Pankrantz.They were living at their homestead at Vida, MT, far from any city, so Elizabeth went to to be with her parents, Christian and Margaretha Schock in Maxwell, ND.
Bertha attended grade school in McCone County, MT. Her father taught her to play the piano, and she played for the church, Sunday school, and was accompanist for his church choir and the family quartet of sisters Ann, Alma, brother Rienhold anf father Robert.
Bertha graduated from Richey High School in 1933. She attended St. Paul Bible College in St. Paul, MN for two years, completing the Christian Workers Course. She was a member of the college choir. Following college, she worked for the American Sunday School Union and conducted Sunday School and Vacation Bible School in numerous small communities where there were no churches.
Bertha married Ray Vian on Sept. 3, 1939 in Great Falls. To this union seven children were born. In 1961, they moved to Eugene, OR for one year. Then they moved to Los Angeles, CA. Bertha was an excellent cook and cooked at Buena Park Board and Care for 12 years. She returned to Belt, MT and lived at a senior retirement apartment for several years to be near her daughter, Betty and family. She went back to California but returned but returned for many summers, spending part of that time in Harlem to help care for her mother, Elizabeth Pankrantz, and her nephew, Fred Breitmeier.
These later years were spent with her family in California; seven years at Canyon Lake, and the last six at Moreno Valley. She enjoyed the jamily gathings with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. About a day before her stroke, she was with two daughters, Vivian and Kathy.
Bertha is survived by her seven children: three daughters, Kathleen Giles of Buena Park, CA, Betty Helman of Great Falls and Vivian Deardorff of Moreno Valley, CA; four sons, Fred of Canyon Lake, CA, James of Moreno Valley, CA, Earl of Garden Grove, CA and Donald of ElMonte, CA; 13 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; four sisters in Montana, Stella Breitmeier of Harlem, Ann Kuebler of Saco, and Alma Billman and Bette Derbyshire, both of Havre, as well as a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by one grandson, Donald Ray Vian, and one granddaughter, Terri Giles, her parents, Robert and Elizabeth Pankrantz and five brothers, Walter, Sam, Ed, Herbert, and Rinehold.