Bertha Ann Christianson

February 7, 1934January 28, 2019

Bertha A. (Becher) Christianson, 84, of East Hartford, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2019. She was born in Hartford, a daughter of the late Richard E. and Mabelle (Harris) Becher. She was an active member of Faith Lutheran Church in East Hartford and created the Christian Library there. She enjoyed, sewing, knitting and gardening. She is survived by her beloved husband of 57 years, Merlin B. Christianson, her daughter Ruth Broxup and her husband Christopher of Buffalo, NY, her two sons Daniel of Rochester, NY and David of Mansfield, CT, seven grandchildren, her brother Rev. Dr. Charles Becher and his wife Margaret of Tennessee and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her two daughter in laws, Donna and Ruth. Funeral services will be Monday, February 4, 2019 at 11AM at Faith Lutheran Church, 1120 Silver Lane, East Hartford. Visiting hours are Sunday from 4PM-7PM at the Newkirk & Whitney Funeral Home, 318 Burnside Avenue, East Hartford and Monday from 10AM-11AM at the church. Burial is private. Memorial contributions may be made to the church. For more information or to leave an online condolence, please visit


  • Richard E. and Mabelle (Harris) Becher, Parents
  • Merlin B. Christianson, Husband
  • Ruth Broxup and her husband Christopher, Daniel and David Christianson, Children
  • Rev. Dr. Charles Becher and his wife Margaret, Brother
  • Donna and Ruth Christianson, Daughters-in-Law


  • Visiting Hours Sunday, February 3, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 4, 2019

Bertha Ann Christianson

have a memory or condolence to add?

Diana McVicker

February 3, 2019

Thanking the Lord for the life and good friendship of Bertha. Sympathy to her loving family. Dennis and Diana McVicker

Rosalie Majorowicz

January 30, 2019

Merlin, I am so very sorry to hear of Bertha's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Ken & Linda Parkany

January 30, 2019

We remember her and Merlin as truly faithful and devoted members of The Faith Lutheran Church family. Even after being confined to a wheelchair, Bertha continued her weekly worship. Besides her faithfulness to her church, her husband, friends and family, we remember her for her constant smile - a smile that begged a corresponding response. Never afraid to contribute her thoughts during Bible Studies or meetings, she always did so with grace and kindness. Our deepest condolences to Merlin and family. Cherish her memory as her legacy to you