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Doloris Mae (Rieniets) Bertling


Doloris M. Bertling, 88, of Monticello, and formerly of Cascade, passed away Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, at the Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.
The family will greet friends and relatives after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, where a memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Monsignor Jim Miller will officiate. The Reiff Funeral Home of Cascade, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa, with military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post 528.
Doloris was born on July 7, 1930, along with her twin sister Doris, the daughter of Ted and Mabel Rieniets, of Monticello, Iowa. After growing up on the family farm and graduating from Monticello High School, Doloris entered the military and served in the Women's Army Corps from 1949 to 1952. Staff Sgt. Rieniets served in post-World War II Germany, from the period of reconstruction, the Korean War and the start of the Cold War.
On May 1, 1981, she was united in marriage to Milton Bertling.
Doloris served two terms as elected President, Unit 528, Cascade American Legion Ladies Auxiliary from 1980 to 1982 and President, Dubuque County, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary for two terms from 1981 to 1983. Doloris was the first President of the County Legion Auxiliary to also be an American Legion member. She also served as an elected three-year board member.
In retirement, she loved making a variety of wood crafts with husband Milton and participating in countless area craft shows. She had a great love of flowers, creating beautiful flower gardens that she tended to with great care. She always had time for a good game of cards, a fun casino trip, putting together puzzles and visiting family and friends.
Doloris is the proud mother of six children, Ted (Suki), Nancy, William (Teresa), Cheri, Allen (Kim) and Tami; grandmother to six wonderful grandchildren, Brian, Eric, Jacob, Andrianne, Jason and Austin; great-grandmother to six lovely great-grandchildren, Avery, Peyton, Connor, Charlotte, Eddie and Ellie.
She is survived by her sisters, Doris Gussie, Rose Cook, Carol Gillmore and Nancy McCormick; and brother, Carl Rieniets.
Doloris was preceded in death by her parents; her eternal husband, Milton Bertling; brother, Richard Rieniet; stepsister, Florence; and infant son, Delbert Jr.; and infant daughter, Joan.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com.