Bertha May Sturman, 96, of Tunkhannock passed away Thursday, July 6, 2023 at the same home that she was born and where she lived her entire life. She was the 3rd generation to live in the Slocum Ave., Jennings Homestead.
Born on November 30, 1926, she is the daughter of the late Alfred Work Sturman and Susan Jennings Sturman.
She was a member of the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church. She was a 1944 graduate of Tunkhannock Area School District and went on to pursue her higher education at Bloomsburg University. In 1948, she proudly graduated with a degree in Business.
Bertha's passion for teaching led her to embark on a fulfilling career at Hop Bottom/ Mt. View School District, later transitioning to the Tunkhannock Area School District. For several years, she imparted her knowledge and expertise to countless students, positively shaping their futures.
Beyond the classroom, Bertha had numerous hobbies and interests that brought joy to her life. She spent many hours tending to her vegetable and flower gardens. Her love for nature extended to the golf course as well, where she enjoyed refining her skills on sunny afternoons.
Bertha had an unwavering desire to explore the world; she had traveled across every continent except Antarctica. Her adventures took her far and wide as she immersed herself in diverse cultures and created cherished memories along the way.
One of Bertha's proudest accomplishments was her involvement in Eastern Star Chapter #74 where she served as Worthy Matron. She derived immense joy from being an active member of this esteemed organization and contributed wholeheartedly to its charitable endeavors. In addition, she was an esteemed member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) and the National Education Association (NEA). Her dedication to education extended into retirement as she continued to support her profession through her involvement in the PSAR Retired Teacher's Association. Alongside these commitments, Bertha was also a valued member of the Tunkhannock Women's Club, where she forged lifelong friendships and made lasting contributions to their endeavors.
She is survived by her sister, Eleanor Sturman.
Bertha will be remembered for her unwavering commitment to education and her thirst for adventure. She touched the lives of many with her vibrant personality, kindness, and generosity. Her legacy will undoubtedly live on in the hearts and minds of all those who had the privilege of knowing her.
Family and friends are invited to attend Bertha's funeral service which will be held on Tuesday, July 11, 2023 at 1:00PM from the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church, 4 Church St., Tunkhannock, PA 18657 with Reverend Tenny Rupnick presiding. Interment will be held privately in Sunnyside Cemetery, Tunkhannock.
A visitation will be held from 12:00-1:00PM from the church on Tuesday.
Arrangements and care entrusted to Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, 73. W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, PA 18657.