Ella (Suess) Bertrand was born March 7, 1928 on the family farm near Scotland, South Dakota. She was the thirteenth of fourteen children born to George and Magdalena (Heihn) Suess. Ella was baptized at Ebenezer Reformed Church in Scotland. Ella attended country school through the 8th grade. She then attended and graduated class of 1945 from Scotland High School. Ella continued her education at beauty school in Sioux City. After school she returned to Scotland and worked at the telephone office as a switch board operator until she met the first and only love of her life. Ella was united in marriage to H.R. “Bud” Bertrand on May 25, 1953 at St. Wenceslaus in Tabor. Together they made their home in Tabor until moving to Scotland in January of 1968 where she babysat for 40 years.
She enjoyed camping, ironing, crocheting, and playing cards. She had a green thumb with beautiful flowers and plants both inside and outside. If the television was ever on she was watching Danny O’Donnell, Fun Time Polka, or Wheel of Fortune. Ella loved more than anything spending time with family and friends.
She was a member of the St. George Catholic Church and St. George Altor Society.
Ella passed away on Monday, August 12, 2019 at her home in Scotland, having attained the age of 91 years.
Ella’s memory will be cherished by her children, Ray (Dee) Bertrand, Yankton; LuAnn (John) Geiman, Scotland; Brian (Renda) Bertrand, Gayville; 17 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; one twin brother: Al Suess of Sioux Falls; one sister: Elda Juhnke of Columbus; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Ella was preceded in death by her husband, H.R. “Bud” Bertrand; son, Joe Bertrand; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; eight brothers: Hugo, Ruben, Arthur, Emil, Alvin, Harold, Edmund, and Loren; and three sisters: Martha, Clara, and Esther.
This obituary was written in loving memory by the family.
8/17/2019 Nola & Roger Varilek Rice, MN
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bertrand Family. Ella was a wonderful lady and will be deeply missed by so many.
8/16/2019 Jared Nicolaus Rapid City, SD
We are truly sorry for your loss. My brothers and I all got to spend some of our early years with Ella, and we are glad that we had the opportunity to share some time with her.
8/16/2019 Donna Comstock Rapid City, South Dakota
So sorry for your loss
Prayers to the family
8/15/2019 David & Jackie Max Rapid City, SD
Our deepest sympathies go out to the family. Ella was a great lady, she had such a great laugh and sense of humor. Ella will be missed by many. God bless
8/15/2019 Nancy (Foss) and William Penk Hopkins, MN
Our sincere condolences to you Lu Ann and to your whole family. We think you will cherish the memories and stories. Peace.
8/15/2019 Tim and Sue Asche Scotland, SD
We would like to send our deepest sympathy to the Bertrand family. Ellla has a special place in our hearts as a neighbor for many years, our "go to" babysitter and friend! She will be missed! She always had a smile on her face! God Bless Sue and Tim
8/15/2019 Rhonda Isaak Scotland, SD
Deepest sympathy to the Bertrand family. Hugs and prayers for comfort.
8/14/2019 Terry and Lisa Balvin Tyndall, SD
Our Sympathy and Prayers to the family of Ella.
8/13/2019 Joe Carda Tyndall, SD
I will always remember her smile. She could make a bad day seem not all that bad. She is up in haven with Bud. Prayers are with you and your family.
8/13/2019 Bernadette Chatham Scotland, SD
So sorry for your Loss Luann my thoughts and prayers are sent your way, thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. RIP Ella