Bette W. Bertram

Bette W. Bertram, 84, of Greencastle, passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

She was born November 19, 1933 in Greencastle. The daughter of Louis and Hazel (Lawler) Williams was a graduate of Bainbridge High School. Bette received her Bachelors of Science from Indiana State University in 1959 and her Master of Science in 1961. She was a veteran, having served in the United States Army.

Bette had retired with over 30 years of service as a teacher and the Director of Guidance for Greencastle High School. She was a member of the American Legion, AQHA, NSBA, League of Women Voters, and strongly affiliated with the Democratic Party.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Bertram; parents and four sisters & two brothers.

Bette is survived by her children, Mark (wife, Andi Feld) Bertram and Kimberly (husband, Troy) Tuggle; grandchildren, Burke Tuggle, Eli and Luke Brockett; a sister-in-law and numerous nieces & nephews; and her best companion, Oscar.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, June 8, 2018 at the Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Forest Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Thursday, June 7th at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Greencastle Housing Authority Emergency Shelter Endowment c/o of the Putnam County Foundation, the Putnam County Emergency Food Pantry or the Humane Society of Putnam County.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family c/o


  • Greencastle Housing Authority Emergency Shelter Endowment
  • Putnam County Emergency Food Pantry
  • Humane Society of Putnam County


  • Visitation Thursday, June 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 8, 2018

Bette W. Bertram

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Nancy Mark

June 19, 2018

Dear Mark & Kim,

As a child, I boarded my horses at a farm located north of Greencastle. For a short time, Bette also had a few horses there. One of her horses was a beautiful, large chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail who used to charge anyone coming into his pasture. He'd come galloping up with his head snaked out, ears pinned and teeth exposed like he was going to trample you half to death! I watched, amazed, as Bette would calmly enter his paddock, chastise him firmly, and put his halter on. He'd follow her out of the gate with no further mischief.

Bette was quite the horsewoman. I have fond memories of riding horses together in the fields and trails along the river. She was quick to offer horse advice, and always had a kind word of encouragement for those who shared her passion.

Once she moved her horses and family to "Chad" valley, and we stayed in touch through mutual activities throughout the years; Mark Kelly Wood (my son) and Mark Bertram were in scouts together, Kim competed in horse shows, and Bette's husband Louis and my father worked together at IBM.

Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. I know Bette will be missed by all of her family, friends and colleagues. Happy Trails Bette, until we meet again.

Boyd Jones

June 9, 2018

Sorry for your loss, I had just meet Bette in February as a volunteer at wellbrooke I enjoyed talking with her I could see her love for history what a sweet lady

Eric Wolfe

June 8, 2018

I met Bette for the first time when running for office. She provided support and guidance to me then and over the years since. I have fond memories debating issues with her, volunteering at the county fair with her, and enjoying political fundraisers with her. She was a true servant leader and had such dedication and love for the community and everyone in it. I am thankful for the small amount of time I knew Bette and recognize the impact she made on so many. I will certainly miss her.

Cindra Cowen

June 6, 2018

Dear Mark and Kim,

When I visited Bette in April, we shared stories and poetry; talked about teaching, gratitude, beauty and love. Together we wondered about life's miracles and mysteries. After sharing memories of loved ones who have passed, we speculated about the transition into the afterlife. Bette observed there are many things about our journey that we cannot know with certainty and summarized this path of not knowing as: "We can only LIVE it."  Today she has the answers she was looking for during our conversation. I will forever remember her beauty, her curiosity, her questions, her guidance and her love.

In sorrow, I am reminded that Bette exists now ~ in all of our lives ~ as LOVE.  We will all become LOVE eventually.

May you also find peace and solace in the love of family and friends who are dear to you.

Cindra (niece)

May you find comfort in some of the ideas & words that were a part of our visit:

"At the moment of this transition, you are never, ever alone. You are never alone now, but you don't know it. But at the time of transition, your guides, your guardian angels, people whom you have loved and who have passed on before you, will be there to help you. We have verified this beyond a shadow of a doubt, and I say this as a scientist."
~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

"We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity."
~ Paulo Coelho

"LIFE is finite and fragile, and just because something is there one day, it might not be the next. Never take that for granted. Say what you need to say, then say a little more. Say too much. Show too much. Love too much. Everything is temporary but love. LOVE outlives us all."   
~ R. Queen

Donna (Schlomer) Charles

June 6, 2018

Mrs. Bertram was my counselor in the 60’s. I have always been grateful to her for convincing me to go to college. She was a great woman. My condolences to her friends and family.

Sheila Chadd(Porter)

June 5, 2018

My Mother, Elva Porter, has passed away (February 2017). She used to babysit for Bette's two children and she loved the family. So sorry for your loss. She will be sadly missed at the Clinton Center Alumni banquet!

Kristina Smith

June 5, 2018

To all the family and friends of my Great Aunt Bette. I wish you comfort and love. There is no one else like Aunt Bette. I grew up hearing about all the things she'd done. She blew me away. I'm so glad for all the times I got to be in her company. Such a strong heart. Rest in Peace Great Aunt Bette.

Jay Ard & Debra Jo Endres-Ard

June 4, 2018

Dear Kim - We are sorry and deeply saddened by your family's tremendous loss. I have many wonderful horse show memories of your mom back when you and I were much younger. Those were great times. Please know you are being held close in thought and prayer during this painfully difficult time. Sending our heartfelt condolences and many hugs for all.

Trent Boesen

June 4, 2018

I remember Bette when I was in high school. My memories of her are clear--she was always helpful when I had questions. I know she will be missed by all who came into contact with her. My condolences to her family.

Tammy Wood Burgess

June 4, 2018

Betty was such an inspiration to so many. I had the pleasure of having her as my councilor GHS, she made such an impact on my life. Prayers of comfort to the family