George H. Bertoldi
IRON MOUNTAIN — George H. Bertoldi, 94, of Oconomowoc, Wis., formerly of Iron Mountain and Sarasota, Fla., passed away on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, at Angels Grace Hospice in Oconomowoc.
George was born Jan. 5, 1923, in Norway, son of the late Louis and Eva (Engibous) Bertoldi. He graduated from Iron Mountain High School in 1941 and attended Marquette University until enlisting in the United States Army in February 1943. George attended the Army Special Training Program (ASTP) at The Citadel in South Carolina and proudly served his country in World War II with the 36th Infantry Division in France and Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1946 with the rank of captain.
George married Frances Senger on Oct. 5, 1946, at St. Mary & St. Joseph Catholic Church in Iron Mountain. She preceded him in death in 2014.
George was the owner and general manager of G. Bertoldi & Sons for many years. He continued working for the company part-time until his death. In 1970 he was elected to the board of directors of the Wisconsin Petroleum Association and the Wisconsin Oil Heat Council. He was also elected president of the Dickinson County Industrial Development Corp., after previously serving as vice president and board member.
George was a longtime member of St. Mary & St. Joseph Catholic Church, where he served on the first parish council, was chairman of the Catholic Services Appeal and was a Diocesan Pastoral Council Member. He was a past Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus Bishop Baraga Council 1585 in Kingsford. George was a member of the Uren-Cooper-Johnson American Legion Post 50, the National Order of Battlefield Commissions (NOBC), he was an adviser for an Explorer Aviation Post of the Boy Scouts of America, he sat on the WNMU-TV and WNMU-FM Advisory Board and was past president of the Dickinson County Chamber of Commerce.
He volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul in Iron Mountain, was a volunteer probation sponsor for Dickinson County District Court and was an AARP volunteer tax preparer. George was a licensed pilot and enjoyed flying as a hobby.
He is survived by two daughters, Jean (James) Miazga of Rhinelander, Wis. and Scottsdale, Ariz., and Marilyn (Thomas) Swiontek of Pewaukee, Wis.; a son, Thomas (Karin) Bertoldi of Bloomington, Minn; four grandchildren, Kathy (Eric) Caylor of Pulaski, Wis., Tyler, Katie and Elisa Bertoldi; two great-grandchildren, Lorelei and Adrian; several nieces and nephews; and his sister-in-law, Elizabeth Roy, and brother-in-law, Jack Senger.
In addition to his parents and his wife, George was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Theresa Lynn; two brothers, John and William Bertoldi; a sister, Mary Bertoldi; sisters-in-law, Joyce Bertoldi and Marie Bertoldi; and brother-in-law, Frank Senger.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15 at St. Mary & St. Joseph Catholic Church in Iron Mountain.
The funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m. at the church. Fr. Jose Cherian will offer the Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be in Iron Mountain Cemetery Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations in George’s memory may be made to the Knights of Columbus Hurricane Recovery Fund.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of George Bertoldi online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with the arrangements.