Bertha Louise Smith Seigfried

Bertha Louise Smith Seigfried passed away on Friday, March 25, 2016 in Clear Lake, Texas, surrounded by her family.  She was born on January 20,1941 in Hunlock Creek, Pennsylvania to Hazel Rittenhouse Smith and Charles Smith.  She married her eternal companion, Joseph Milton Seigfried, on January 21, 1961.  She is survived by her husband, her brother Charles Smith, as well as her children; Dayl Bruce Seigfried (Carol), Gregg Louis Seigfried (Judy) , Karon Donna Seigfried Garrett (Chad).   Bertha was loved and cherished by her grandchildren: Joshua, Brian, Heather and Anna (Dayl and Carol), Jason, Tristan, Ammon, Gretchen, Adrian, Hannah, Sarah and Jimmy, (Gregg and Judy), Katie, Wesley, Luke, Samuel, (Karon and Chad) and 4 great-grandchildren; Callie, Jay (Joshua and Vicki), Sophia (Brian and Katie), and Eric (Anna).

Bertha was well loved by everyone who knew her and because of this has a multitude of friends all over the world.  Her greatest joys in life were her family, cooking and baking, and serving in her various church callings.  One of Bertha’s greatest passions in life was doing genealogy and she worked for many years as Family History Specialist for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints of which she and Joe had been members of since March 20, 1976.

A visitation will be held Tuesday, March 29th , 6-8pm and a Memorial Service on Wednesday, March 30th, 11am both at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 4655 S. Shore Blvd, League City, TX 77573.  Interment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Pikes Creek, PA on a date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to to the category of your choice.


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  2. It is without doubt that this wonderful woman touched the lives of many and left a lasting impression with her caring ways. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. We send our deepest condolences to her loving family. May she rest in peace.

    The Laurin Family
  3. Deepest sympathy goes out to the Siegfried family. My thoughts and prayers will be with you during this difficult time. Hope you find comfort that Bertha is in a better place with the Lord. Bertha was such a wonderful person. She will be deeply missed.

    Corina Alexander
  4. I met Bertha in 1961 when we both worked as secretaries in Chicopee Massachusetts. Bertha and Joe were newlyweds and I was single. Bertha and Joe are responsible for introducing me to my future husband and playing matchmaker. My husband and I have been married 54 years. We have sweet memories of good times with Bertha and Joe and have remained in touch all of these years. Bertha was always cheerful, positive and so much fun. She was a great cook! I make her fruitcake recipe every Christmas without fail! We loved Bertha very much! She was witty and had a great sense of humor. We’re so grateful that Bertha had visited us recently. It was as though time had stood still and we were those two young couples again remember our early years together. We’re so blessed and forever grateful that Bertha and Joe touched our lives in such a meaningful way. Our thoughts and prayers are with Joe and his beautiful family. Love, John and Joanne Wyman

    John and Joanne Wyman
  5. Our hearts go out to the Siegfried family. May her life be an inspiration to those around her and may she rest in peace. You are in our prayers and occupy our thoughts. She will always be with you.

    The White Family
  6. Bert was a long time friend and we shared many happy times together. We took trips together and were in each others weddings. I will truly miss her but our wonderful memories will live forever.
    Our thoughts and prayers and with Joe and the family.

    Bill and Ellen Houser
  7. Our hearts go out to Joe and the family. We did not know Bertha real well but we did enjoy being at dealership events with her and Joe. We had a great time when they stopped to see us in Tennessee during one of their many adventures. Her emails were always appreciated. Our thought and prayers are with all of the family.
    Hermann and Frances Eichner

    Hermann & Frances Eichner
  8. I worked with Bertha for several years in Orlando when she was a part of our ZOM family. We all loved her and I would like to extend my condolences to her husband Joe and family. I’m sure you have read these famous words: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth, ” – Matthew 5:5, King James Version. Those who live on the earth will enjoy the benefits foretold in Revelation chapter 21:4. They will see our world completely change because God will do away with everything bad, suffering, sorrow and pain-even death.

    Nancy Lanterman
  9. I want to thank Bertha and her sisters at the Relief Society/ South Shore Ward, League City, Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, for the beautiful heart shape pillows that are made and donated for Breast Cancer Surgery patients. Bertha would bring by these pillows that are cherished by our Breast Cancer patients. Her hand made gifts brought joy and comfort to people in a time of great need.
    She also made hats for babies in our NICU at Clear Lake Regional hospital.

    She always had a great smile and comforting demeanor. Her little gifts of love went a long way.
    Thank you and many thanks to her family for coming by the center and bringing that heart pillows Bertha had just completed.
    She will be missed.

    Staff Breast Diagnostic Center Clear Lake Regional Medical Center

    Debra Kelly, nurse navigator
  10. I love this sweet woman. She was always kind and loving toward me as a child when she lived in Pennsylvania. Great example of Christ. I am saddened to hear of her passing.

    Alison Turberville Heggstrom
  11. I am extremely sad that I and so many others will miss our so dear Bertha. She and I were classmates in Frankford High.We enjoyed together on our Junior and Senior trips. The last time we were together was at my home for our graduation party. She loved so and was happy and we connected well together. About three years ago I went on “Classmates web site” and saw her name and I was able to write a note to her. I was so exicted since I have always wanted to find her. Well, it was about two years later she saw my note and responded to my email address. I got her first email and how happy I was to hear from her. Of course from that day on we were in contact. That sweetheart also called me. Every night when I saw bad weather on the news I had to write to her to see if the family was okay. My prayers are going to her every day. Joe, it would have been nice if we met but thanks to you finding my grandfather death notice. He died before I was born and that is the only picture I have of him. GOD bless you Joe.

    Ray Echelmeier
  12. Here is a link with a video tribute to Bertha. It really captures the sweetness of her life.

    Thank you to everyone for the outpouring of support and love. We appreciate all the thoughts, prayers, and remembrances.

    With much love,
    The Seigfried Family

  13. Every family has someone who keeps them together; someone who nudges members together, who may not choose but through their action and gentle words just become the catalyst that keeps members together as family. Bert became that person for those of us called Seigfried. She was our “Matriarch”. She reminded me of her role when my father became ill. For me I can think of very few people who have become a part of the fabric of my life like Bert has. She has been part sister and aunt all rolled up into one person. I remember my visits with her, Joe and their English Bulldog Butch at their second floor apartment in Philadelphia, our family summer picnics and later my Friday visits to Pond Hill when I was at Bloomsburg University. It seems that she and Joe were always present in my life. I will miss but never forget her laughter, her caring and feeling of comfort when I was near her.

    Raymond Seigfried
  14. I met Bert in October of 1987. I was a brand new missionary and she housed us in her basement until we could move into our own apartment. I believe Bert was put in my path by a generous Heavenly Father to ease my transition to a mission. She treated me like her own and that was what I needed. She always supported the missionaries and I am sure I was one of many she impacted. I kept in contact with her for many years, even exchanging emails and holiday wishes throughout the past few years. If you have a chance to see the YouTube tribute, you will see the love she had throughout her life and the family that means so much to her. The ending was the best…and I liked her, too!

    Donna Pugh (Pugahuh)
  15. I met Bertha about 10 years ago when I worked as a temp for Zom in Orlando, Florida. She kindly trained me for administrative and reception duties. She was always patient and thorough in her instructions. I enjoyed tasting her marvelous baking treats. What a great loss to her family. My heart goes out to them, especially since I lost my husband of 56 years less than 5 months ago. A great source of comfort to me are the words found in the Bible at 2 Corinthians chapter one verses 3,4 which says “Praise be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, (verse 4) who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trials”. Please except my sincere condolences.

    Patricia Frazier
  16. Thinking of you today and how much I love you and how much you loved me back.

    Gregg Seigfried
  17. I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with her at zom, and she told me a lot about her family. You could tell how much she loved all of you.

  18. Dayl B. Seigfried obituary. Bertha’s oldest son and my big brother. I miss both of you so much, but fondly remember the times and love we shared.

    Gregg Seigfried

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