Bookhout Funeral Home

357 Main St PO Box 612, Oneonta, NY


Bertha Johnson

April 21, 1934July 9, 2019

Bertha Johnson, 85, passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2019 in the Chestnut Park Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

She was born April 21, 1934, to the late George P. and Anna Bell (Short) Harris. Bertha, worked as a waitress for many years while living in Virginia. She was a member of the Salvation Army Church in Kalamazoo, MI and Oneonta. Bertha was a member of the Home League in the Salvation Army. First and foremost was Betha’s family, especially her kids and grandchildren.

She is survived by her 2 sons, Michael Johnson of Riverside, CA and Gregory Johnson of Kalamazoo, MI.; Pamela Harris of Otego, and her 3 loving grandchildren. Her nephews Chris and Diane Wayman of TN; Keith Wayman of Otego as well as several nieces and nephews. Bertha was predeceased by her sister Mary Wayman and nephew Timothy Wayman.

A graveside committal service will be held on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 1 PM in the Oneonta Plains Cemetery with Col. Edie Pigford of the Oneonta Salvation Army Church officiating.


  • Graveside Service Friday, July 12, 2019


Bertha Johnson

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Gregory Johnson

July 13, 2019

It was the blizzard of 78 my dad was out to sea in the navy it was only Mom ,Michael and me and we lived miles from the store and she couldn’t drive so she pulled me in a sled through the deep snow and held Michaels hand and put me and the food in the sled and dragged us all the way home because we ran out of food so we wouldn’t starve . Love you mom and will miss you more everyday until we’re all together again . That’s one of my most memorable things I can share that I remember

Pamela Harris

July 11, 2019

Also forgot I would like to add and say a thank you to the Bookhout Funeral Home for their care and concern for the family. It has been a trying time. Thank you.

Pamela Harris

July 11, 2019

Bertha will be sorely missed in our family and by her church family and Robynwood where she was loved by staff and anyone she came in contact with there and wherever else she went. She loved to spread love and joy and make others happy. Her sister, Mary Wayman, predeceased her in March this year. The family wants to say thank you to the staff at Robynwood for being there for Bertha. She took part in many activities. God brought her to Oneonta from Kalamazoo, Michigan to be closer to family and be surrounded with love from others she met here also. Her smile made you smile instantly. I am positive she is smiling even more now in heaven.