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F. Alberta "Bertie"  Elfeldt
     F. Alberta ‘Bertie'' Elfeldt, 98, formerly of Sutherland, passed away Jan. 18, in her home at Linden Court in North Platte. She was born on May 2, 1914 on a ranch west of Tryon to A.B. and Grace (McCance) Snyder.
     As a child, Bertie and her family moved to Oregon where she graduated from Salem High School in Salem, Oreg. Afterward, she and her family returned to the Sutherland area and she worked as a nurse at the North Platte Hospital.
     On Sept. 27, 1934, she married Glenn A. Elfeldt and to this union, three children were born. Bertie and her family soon settled on a ranch south of Sutherland.
     In 1957, a group, including Bertie, founded Sutherland Industries. She worked there until 1977 and her family continues to run the business today.
     Bertie served as president of the Nebraska Cowbells (now Nebraska Cattlewomen), was a member of the Lincoln County Extension Board, was a 4-H Leader, served on the Census and Election Boards, was an Honorary Member of the Sutherland Chamber of Commerce, and was active at the Sutherland United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school.
     After being nominated by her grandchildren for being an outstanding grandmother, she was selected and hosted by the Granny Smith Apple Company with a trip to Washington State to receive an outstanding Granny award.
     Bertie had many hobbies and loved a good adventure. She and Glenn loved to square dance and traveled to dances across the country. She enjoyed trapping, hunting rattlesnakes, raising many varieties of cactus, and was a fixture at the top of the stands at the Sutherland Rodeo for years. In later years, Bertie always creatively celebrated her birthdays with her family, including going whitewater rafting when she turned 80, and driving the lead team of horses on the Oregon Trail at Chimney Rock when she turned 90.
     Survivors include a daughter, Dr. Josee (Ray) Schultze of Bellevue, two sons, Dr. William ‘Bill'' (Kandi) Elfeldt of Strawberry, Ariz. and Robert ‘Skip'' (Anita) Elfeldt of Sutherland, 8 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren. In addition she is survived by a sister-in-law, Beulah Callihan, of Connecticut, formerly of Sutherland.
     Bertie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Glenn, and two sisters - Nellie Yost and Billie Thornburg, a brother Miles Snyder, and a grandson Jamie Elfeldt.
     Memorials are suggested to the Sutherland United Methodist Church or to the Sutherland Public School Foundation.
     Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Sutherland United Methodist Church with the Pastor Kolawole Akinnigbagbe officiating. Burial will follow at the Riverview Cemetery south of Sutherland. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 1/23/2013
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