Bertha M Facteau passed away January 16th after a brief illness. She was born in Lyon Mountain on February 8, 1923 the daughter of Harvey and Anna (King) McDonald. She attended Lyon Mountain high school and left her senior year to marry the love of her life, Bernard Facteau. They were married October 17, 1942 in St. Bernard’s Church and enjoyed 57 years together until Bernard’s death in 2000. They had one child, James, who died in 2013.
In her younger years, Bertha enjoyed watching the Miners’ ballgames, playing pinochle, snowmobiling, bowling, attending events at the Legion and playing bingo. In her later years, she and her husband enjoyed visiting with their friends at the mall and playing cards. Bertha was a deeply religious woman who never left home without a rosary either in her purse or in a pocket. She was also cursed with the McDonald “sweet tooth” and never left home without candy.
After her husband died, she made her daily trip to the mall, via the bus, making new friends in the process. She loved to walk and everyone in Lyon Mt., at one point or another, probably picked her up to give her a ride either to or from wherever she was going. Many thanks to those who gave her rides, brought her food, mowed her lawn, plowed her driveway and just generally watched out for her. Her last several years were spent in assisted living (Meadowbrook at the very end) where she was known to heckle the bingo caller when the numbers didn’t go her way! She has now moved on to be with her family who went on before her. She will be missed.
In addition to her husband and son, she is predeceased by her parents, two brothers, Leo and Bernard, and several sisters and brothers-in-law.
She is survived by her grandchildren along with their spouses and children: Meredith (Kevin) Northrup (Tyler and Kyleigh Bishop), Jamison (Jill) Facteau (Emily, Abigail, Jackson and Charlotte Facteau and Francesca Below) and Marissa Bowie (John Kruk Jr. and Owen Facteau). She is also survived by her sister, Marie Rowell and numerous nieces and nephews.
At Bertha’s request, there will be no calling hours. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Bernard’s Church on Saturday, January 25th at noon. Interment will follow at Whispering Maples in Ellenburg.
Donations in Bertha’s memory may be made to the Lyon Mt. Fire Dept. and EMS. Arrangements are entrusted to Heald Funeral Home in Plattsburgh.
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