Bertola, Genevieve F. "Jean"
Parkdale, OR: passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 28th, 2017
at her families home in Mt. Hood Parkdale, OR at the age of 89.
Jean was born on February 26, 1928 in Rochester, NY to Valentine and
Valerie Strojna. She was the 2nd youngest of 9 children.
Jean received a Nursing degree on May 28, 1948. She met Emanuel (
Manny ) R. Bertola when she was 7 years old, and he being 9. They
formed a bond which lasted a lifetime. She waited for him as he went off
to serve in WWll , and upon his return, they married. They remained
married for 65 years until her beloved husbands passing on July 3,
Jean leaves behind her 3 children, grandchildren, and great grand
children. Valerie Gryzmkowski ( Dennis ), Alexis and Marissa ( Eric ) ,
Wayne Bertola( Gina ) Timothy ( Jaclyn ) Aiden, Matthew ( Matthew ),
Timothy and Matthews mother Amy Kujawsky. Karen Howe (
Dennis ), Cody ( Laura ), Mila and Roman. Cheyanne. Chalice. Sister
Rita Baker, and brother Edward Strojna.
She also leaves behind many beloved nieces, nephews, their children,
and many friends.
Jean was very active in her community, and her Church. She was
extremely passionate about her nursing. She touched many lives. She
furthered her nursing education in her later career while raising her
She and her beloved Manny became snowbirds after their retirement for
many years, returning to the place of their honeymoon , Daytona Beach,
for over 20 years.
She loved her family, her Church family, reading, gardening, Wegmans,
traveling, the sun, swimming, politics, and celebrating!
Friends may call Friday (April 7 th ) 4-7 at Vay-Schleich and
Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long Pond Road, Rochester, NY
14626. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday (April 8 th )
10:00 AM at St. Lawrence Church, 1000 N. Greece Road.
Entombment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a Nursing
Program of your choice in her memory.
For more information or to sign Genevieve's online guestbook, please