Bertha Mae Lindstrom |

Bertha Mae Lindstrom

Bertha Mae Lindstrom, 85, passed away June 5, 2005, at her home in Rifle.

She was born Feb. 7, 1920, in Grand Valley, to Thomas Earl and Thelma (Anderson) Bailey.

Bertha married Paul H. Lindstrom July 20, 1940, in Grand Valley. They managed the Rifle Airport from 1946-50, then moved to New Castle, where they owned and operated the Spruce Tree Guest Ranch for many years. After retiring, they lived in Rifle and Grand Junction. After Paul’s death, Bertha returned to Rifle to be close to her family, friends and church.

She was a devoted mother, wife, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be missed greatly by all who knew her. She enjoyed crafts, sewing, and other hobbies, such as working on both her and her husband’s life stories. She enjoyed working for her church, the Congregational Church of the Valley. She was a 4-H leader for many years, a member of the Book Club of New Castle, a member of Ladies Aid and the Garfield County Extension Club.

Bertha is survived by sons Paul Leroy (Mae) Lindstrom, of Grand Junction, and Ralph (Elaine) Lindstrom, of Rifle; daughter Karen (Jim) Palazzi, of Aspen; sisters Betty (Bill) Arnold, of Rifle, Mildred Whitt of Rifle, Ruth (Joe) Roberts, of Greeley; many grand, great, and great-great grandchildren; and many great friends from New Castle and Rifle.

Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, at the Rifle Funeral Home Chapel. There will be a church service at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 9, at the Congregational Church of the Valley in Silt, with the Rev. Jim Warn officiating. Interment will be at Grand Junction Memorial Garden Cemetery.

Rifle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rifle Senior Center, 50 Ute Ave., Rifle, CO 81650.

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