OBITUARY

Bertha Graber

June 28, 1935January 4, 2019

Bertha Graber was an Angel. This sedate, private, intelligent, talented and moral homemaker/artist was called "Angel" in Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Carmel, and Westlake Village, the town she called home. Angel's Colombian sisters, brother, parents, nephews and nieces endearingly called her "Berthica".

Born in Bogota, Colombia to a prominent military family, she devoted her youth to helping raise her brothers and sisters. She also attended and lived in Catholic schools where she displayed early talent in knitting, drawing, painting, and languages, studying both English and French. Her attention to detail and love of organization came out at a young age.

Angel also loved to spend time on her grandfather's farm, observing his honey bees, frogs, tadpoles, and chickens. Also fascinating to Angel was accompanying her uncle, a Catholic priest, on his numerous rounds in the lovely surrounding areas of Bogota.

Angel and her siblings met with two tragedies that affected them forever - the sudden, unexpected loss of their 2 1/2 year old brother, and the shockingly unexpected death of Angel's father to a burst appendix when she was 10 years old. Angel had been real close to him, and the loss had a great emotional impact. She buried herself in her studies, and later decided to travel to California. It was here she met and fell in love with Gene Graber.

Angel worked at City National Bank in Beverly Hills. Gene and Angel were devoted to each other, but she always missed her Colombian family, and took pride in her roots, as well as in the USA, of which she proudly became a citizen.

Angel was an outstanding wife, mother, homemaker, artist and gardener. She wrote all the checks, kept the books, and paid all the bills, always 7-10 days prior to due dates.

After 52 years of devotion, Angel's loving presence, unflinching company, and efficiency will be sorely missed by her devoted husband Gene. She is also survived by her only daughter Valerie Blaha, son-in-law Richard Blaha, grandson Dalton, sisters Angela, Antonieta and Nora, brother Orlando, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services

  • Graveside Service Thursday, January 10, 2019
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Ricardo Martínez

January 10, 2019

Para la familia Graber que nos acogio en su hogar con cariño, un saludo especial en esta ocasión, por el viaje que inicia Berthica, despues de haber tenido una vida plena con sus seres queridos, nos quedan buenos recuerdos de su vida y de su energía característica, los pensamos mucho y deseamos que su vida continúe aceptando el camino que todos vamos a seguir, con el deseo de que nuestro fugaz paso sea recordado con afecto, un abrazo de su familia Colombiana.

Juan David Martínez

January 10, 2019

Berthica,

We met 33 and a half years ago, I was just six months old. Years later we start talking on the phone, every time you called my mom, my sisters and I took turns to pick up the phone, so we all got the chance to have a small conversation with you. We always talked about going to visit you and Gene, I am sorry that we could not make it, but I am grateful that we could send mom a few times. One Christmas with you and the next one with us seemed a good deal for me, we missed her but we knew what it meant to her to spend time with you and your funny and loving husband Gene.

I will miss our phone calls and all we used to talk about the family and our plans for the future. I did not get the chance to see you in person recently, but my mom often tells me stories about you and Gene and she has a lot of old pictures and photos from when she visited you and Gene. I am glad I can remember your voice perfectly and I think I can hear you in my mind at this moment.

You showed us all that the love transcends time and space, and we learned about your relationship with Gene, your magnificent husband who we loved since we got to know him and your adorable Valerie.

I will not say goodbye because I am sure that we will meet someday,
Here is a picture of your beloved little brother Rafico.

Susana Rodríguez

January 10, 2019

Aunque no tuve el placer de conocer a mí tía Bertica personalmente, recuerdo sus hermosos regalos y noticas que me enviaba, era muy emocionante saber que llamaba una tía querida de los Ángeles a saludar a su sobrina me daba mucha alegría escuchar su voz.
Ahora su partida conmueve a nuestra familia de Colombia, pero siento alegría de saber que estara un angelito en el reino de Dios al lado de mí adorada abuelita Rafica, y desde alla cuidara de todos. A sus amados Gene , Valery y nieto recuerden todo lo hermoso que vivieron con ella, que siempre los amo y que ese amor seguirá desde la eternidad.
Susy

Ana Maria Martínez

January 10, 2019

Querida Berthica,
A pesar de la distancia creamos un cariñoso vínculo que perdurara para siempre.
Todo mi amor para ti y como siempre me decías "un dia nos vamos a encontrar".

Te quiero mucho
Ana María

Roxana Martínez

January 9, 2019

Berthica: The aunt I had the good fortune to meet in person and from whom I built an image from photographs, stories from my mother, and long-distance telephone conversations for years.

The sum of beloved memories and imaginary: the studious girl who got what She proposed despite sacrificing everything for. The woman who had the courage to defend her family, and also to leave it to build a life far from everything She knew.

The one who fell in love and married a man so different from her and who was also her complement. The mother who wanted for her child what She wanted for herself. The sister and aunt aware of her family, throughout generous gifts, letters with fine callygraphy, warm telegrams and long telephone calls.

I will continue thinking about You with love, and envisioning your trip to the beyond. Enjoy what follows.

Your niece,

Roxi

Carolina Martínez

January 9, 2019

Berthica loved you very much, thanks for everything, for always being aware of us, for each of our achievements, thank you for that beautiful trip we had when I was a child, thank you for every beautiful word you had, for your good wishes , thank you for every call on our birthday and at Christmas. But thanks above all for that beautiful love, for that love for my mother, for taking care of her and protecting her because she was the little one, for supporting her and listening to her, for always being aware of her, for being her confidant, thanks for always calling her, for putting her beautiful music, for its interminable talks, to take it to all your special places. Thank you for extending that beautiful love to us. You will always be in my thoughts and in my heart. Love you, Caro.

Antonieta Vergara

January 9, 2019

Dear Berthica,

We have lived so many beautiful moments that keep coming to my mind, I want to share them with you.
-Our trips to Westlake where we enjoyed your company.
-The happy holidays in Carmel, where we also celebrated your wedding anniversary
-The neverending conversations, when you told us beautiful stories from our family, especially from our grandfather Alejandro, a great man.
-When we shared so many days, talking so much or watching your favorite ballet, music, cooking and tv shows.
-Our many phone calls, and how many times you surprised me with serenades from Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras, Juan Diego Flórez, Ana María Martínez, Helmut Lotti and so many others.
-I loved to hear you talking about your favorite operas, Rigoletto, La Traviatta, El Barbero de Sevilla, La Hija del Regimiento, La Gazza Ladra. Also your love for the Russian Ballet and classical music.
-The way you cared about each member of this family and everyone’s wellness.

Surely you know Berthica, I miss you so much but I also have so many good memories to remember and love you forever.

You are my favorite historian, who understood and explained everything to your attentive student, me.

We considered ourselves as siamese sisters, sharing minds and hearts.

I bless you dear sister and bless the wonderful human being that you have as a husband, also your beautiful daughter, your dear son in law and grandson.

ANGELA VERGARA ROA

January 9, 2019

Partió de este mundo una excelente hija, gran esposa, buena madre, hermana, tía y consentidora abuela. De única y diferenciada inteligencia. Dejaste un gran legado que me encargare perdure en el tiempo con los mios, por ser el gran ejemplo a seguir, recordare siempre el amor por tu familia, por el arte, de la inspiración que plasmabas en el lienzo con tus hermosas pinturas, reflejo de tu sensibilidad artística y grandeza espiritual, tengo el recuerdo fresco en mi memoria, cuando arreglando tu jardin me relatabas con nostalgia tus épocas de infancia, junto al inolvidable Rafiquito, Norita, Antonietica, Orlandito, yo, nuestros bellos padres y nuestra abuelita, también de cuando me hablabas de Johann Strauss II (entre otros) y te quedabas sentada en tu sofá escuchando su bella música o la del gran tenor Juan Diego Flores y el fabuloso trio de Pavaroti, Carreras y Placido Domingo.
Encontraste al hombre que fue diseñado y enviado por Dios para ti, tejiste tus sueños junto a el, formaste un gran hogar y fuiste bendecida con tu linda Valerie, quien a su vez te regaló esa joya llamada Dalton. Y asi, junto a tu Gene, vivieron días inolvidables y estando cogidos de la mano te quedaste dormida y viajaste hacia lo celestial en donde seguiras cuidando de esa linda e incomparable famila que creaste.
Siempre estarás en lo profundo de mi alma y de mi corazón querida hermanita.


Juan Camilo Rodríguez

January 9, 2019

Although I could not share with her, I always heard a thousand and one wonders about Aunt Berthica. I remember from long the long phone conversations with her, her wise words and important advice, and the details that she sent me on my birthday from afar and with a lot of love.

To party an excellent woman in every way, great wife, mother, sister and aunt.

I remain for teaching his great legacy left us, the stories that very happily his sisters and brother tell about her, and especially that great love he always had with her husband, a love as a romantic Hollywood movie. To him, immense gratitude for always taking care of her so much, valuing her, respecting her and loving her, in a few words, for always treating her as her queen.

I am left with the emptiness of not being able to meet you in person, but I know that in eternal life we ​​will meet.

Rest Aunt Berthica in peace.

LUIS CARLOS RODRIGUEZ VERGARA

January 8, 2019

they say because there are, that the memories in our memory of infants remain as if they had happened yesterday, for the case that concerns us, I have intact the memory of those Christmases in which they opened the parcels sent by tia berthica from los angeles, full of gifts for each of the family members in Colombia and I began to think about the origin of that shipment, imagining her sitting in the living room of her beautiful house, lovingly and carefully packing in a nice Christmas paper, gift for gift while passing through his mind the image of each one of us.
death will be an event that will never cease to amaze us, but we have the consolation of knowing that the person who is leaving us loved us with our souls and we reciprocated as well.
Now, just our great berthica is ahead of us in a beautiful place, in which surely we will all come to accompany her some day and I have absolute security, she will be waiting for us with a gift packed in a nice Christmas paper and in that way to show us that from eternity continuous remembering each one of us.
Dear Aunt Berthica, from the earthly I ask that when I come to accompany you, give me a classic toy trolley, just like the one you sent me once and so play with the one next to you for all eternity.
I will always remember you with love, dear and beloved aunt berthica.