April 10, 2023
Howard “David” Bertsch, 76, a lifelong resident of the area, passed away on Monday, April 10, 2023. David was the son of the late August and Dorothy (Slick) Bertsch, he was born May 7, 1946 in Honesdale, PA.
David was the owner of Bertsch Contracting, Milford, PA. He was a member of the Highland Field and Stream Club, Beaver Brook Rod and Gun Club and the White Game Club, Shohola, PA.
A family statement reads: “David was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and great uncle, and spending time with family was his joy and priority. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed all sports, but favored Nascar. He loved traveling with his wife and they always enjoyed a good meal. He would work the room no matter where they were, he was a true conversationalist. David also was a talented businessman; his mind was always moving on new ways to make money and do things more efficiently. Dad will be forever cherished in our hearts and lovingly remembered by all.”
He is survived by his wife of 46 years: Dona (Westfall) Bertsch, four children: Colleen Meerdink of Eldred, NY, William Bertsch and his wife Dawn of Shohola, PA, Sean Bertsch and his wife Laura of Freehold, NJ, Thomas Bertsch and his wife Tara of Milford, PA, six grandchildren: Nicole Gilbert Nedd and her husband Aaron Nedd, Kyle Bertsch, Trevor Bertsch, Matthew Bertsch, Connor Bertsch, Tristen Bertsch, three great grandchildren, Aleah Nedd, Alyssa Nedd, Ariana Nedd, a brother: Gary Bertsch of Bethlehem, PA, and several nieces, nephews, cousins and his best friend Albee, a 7yr old Westmoreland.
David is predeceased by his brothers: Theodore Bertsch, Daniel Bertsch and his sister: Susan Bertsch.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2023 from 10:00am to 12:00noon at the Harrison Rasmussen Funeral Home 3412 SR97, Barryville, NY 12719 845-557-8010
Funeral Services will follow visitation at 12:00Noon in the funeral home. Christian Burial will in Sparrowbush Pine Hill Cemetery. Rev. Niels Nielsen will officiate the services.
Donations can be made in memory of David to: Ducks Unlimited, One Waterfowl Way, Memphis, TN 38120