Information courtesy of Roger Hopkins 7 Sept 2007
Piqua Daily Call
Piqua, Miami Co., Ohio
Thursday, 6 September 2007
Donald A. Bertling
Donald A. Bertling, 83, of 901 Maple St., Piqua, died at 11:05 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4,
2007, in Upper Valley Medical Center.
He was born June 18, 1924, in Piqua to the late George and Alice ( C r o n ) Bertling. He
married Mary Costello who preceded him in death in 1959. He then married Charlotte J.
(Williams) Frigge, who also preceded him in death Nov. 29, 1990.
Survivors include a special friend, Mary Catherine Grimes; two sons, John (Ann)
Frigge of Troy and Tom (Becky) Frigge of Hawaii; four daughters, Connie (Guy)
Selsor of Columbus, Patty (Doug) Kiser of Youngstown, Lucy (Roger)Motten of Casper,
Wyoming, and Betsy (Curt) South of Piqua; 15 grandchildren, J.J. (Lisa) Frigge, Katie
Frigge and her fiance Doug Curnes, Sean Selsor, Cathy (Kevin) Foos, Doug Kiser,
Donald Andrew Kiser, David (Trina) Kiser, Woody Motten, Matt Motten, Adrienne Tisher,
Brendan Tisher, Corinne Tisher, Cassi South, Sue (Wayne) Pope, and Tom (Nike)
Cromes; 17 great-grandchildren; a great-great- grandchild; and a brother, Alan E.
(Norma) Bertling of Dayton.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sally Cromes; a granddaughter, Kathy Selsor;
grandson, Tom Frigge Jr.; a brother, Dr. Marion Bertling; and two sisters, Mary Hughes
and Dorothea Bertling.
Mr. Bertling was a 1943 graduate of Piqua Central High School. His career began
as the manager of the Brad Theater of Bradford in the 1940s. He opened Bertling T.V.
and Appliance store in 1949, then joined Jackson Instrument Co. of Dayton as a
quality control manager and assisted in the development of color television testing equipment.
Later he joined Christians T.V. and Appliances as the service manager. In 1964, he was hired
by Valley Antenna Systems (Piqua CATV) as chief engineer and program director. He was a
founding member of the Ohio Cable Television Association, a member of the National Cable
Television Association and a charter member of the Society of Cable Television Engineers
having served on its Board of Directors. Central Cable purchased Valley Antenna
Systems and appointed Don the advertising sales manager. Later, Time-Warner purchased
Central Cable Co., allowing Don to semi-retire staying with the company to handle
the sales and programming for Channel 13 until his full retirement in 2006 that followed
42 years in the cable television business.
Civically, he served as past president of the Piqua Area Jaycees and received their
Outstanding Community Service Award in 1985. He was active with the Piqua
Area Chamber of Commerce, chairman of its tourist and travel committee, was past
president of the Piqua Historical Museum, active member of the Piqua Kiwanis
Club, where he was distinguished as Kiwanian of the Year in 2002, an active member
of Greene Street United Methodist Church, where he served on most of its committees
including the bicentennial committee, also serving as chairman of the trustees, and
staff-parish committee. He served as an adviser for the construction of the new Piqua
High School, and for the TVElectronics Departments of both the Upper Valley Joint
Vocational School and Edison Community College. Don loved to play penny-ante
poker and remained as the only living original member of the Monday Night Busy Boys
Poker Club, which began in 1942, when he was still in high school.
His funeral service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Greene Street
United Methodist Church with the Rev. Lisa C. Ellison officiating. Burial will follow
in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Friday in the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home,
where a 6 p.m. Kiwanis service will be conducted. Additionally, the family will
receive friends from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Greene St. United Methodist Church,
415 W. Greene St., Piqua, OH 45356, Piqua Kiwanis Club, P. O. Box 738, Piqua, OH
45356, or ones favorite charity.
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