Cancer takes Bertha Lanphear
Bertha Ann Lanphear, 67, of Dickinson, N.D., and formerly of Mobridge, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at Vibra Health Care in Mandan, N.D.
Bertha Ann Fjeldseth was born Oct. 30, 1946, in Mobridge, the daughter of Albert and Ida (Finkbeiner) Fjeldseth. She was raised and educated in South Dakota, graduating from Mobridge High School in 1964.
Bertha married Dennis Lanphear on April 9, 1967, in Pierre. They spent a couple of years in Killeen, Texas, while Dennis served in the military. Following his discharge they returned to Mobridge. In 1971, the family moved to Montana and spent four years in the Terry and Forsyth areas. Moving to Calder, Idaho, they spent five years there prior to making their home in Lewistown, Mont.
She worked at Paris Laundry and Dry Cleaning from 1981 to her retirement in 2002. Her husband, Dennis, died on Dec. 16, 2003. Bertha remained in Lewistown until her diagnosis of cancer in February of 2013, at which time she moved to Dickinson to live with her daughter and son.
Bertha is survived by three children, Timothy (Lisa) Fjeldseth of Boulder, Mont., Tammy Chamberlain of Dickinson and Terry Lanphear of Dickinson; nine grandchildren, Jessica (Ryan) Solberg, Mathew (Molly) Fjeldseth, Candice (Tyler) Christensen, Zakkary Fjeldseth, Brittany Chamberlain, Kathrine Fjeldseth, Nathan Lanphear, Breanna Chamberlain and Dakota Lanphear; two great-grandchildren, Ashlie Radtke and Thor Solberg; and four siblings, Esther (Claude) Hahne of Trail City, Betty Holzer of Mobridge, LaVonne Stafford of Mobridge and Wanda (Alvin) Alcorn of Mobridge.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; daughter, Tabitha Lanphear; granddaughter, Ashlie Chamberlain; sister, Peggy Schily; and brother-in-law, Jim Holzer.