Bertha Bernice Ebersole-Rose

11/11/1920 - 11/11/2020


Obituary For Bertha Bernice Ebersole-Rose

Bertha Bernice Ebersole-Rose
Nov. 11, 1920 – Nov. 11, 2020

Bertha Bernice Ebersole-Rose, 100, of Altoona, died at home on her 100th birthday, surrounded by her family. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Louis and Margaret (White) Swartz.
She Married John Ebersole who preceded her in death June 6, 1961. Bertha married Chester D. Rose, who preceded her in death April 14, 2016.

She is survived by six children: Charles B. (Sharon) Ebersole of Altoona, John (Janice) Ebersole of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Margaret Ebersole of Altoona, step-children, Chester James (Faye) Rose of Tampa, FL, David (Cathy) Rose of Altoona, and Norman (Charlotte) Hatfield of Richmond, VA; nineteen grandchildren; thirty-five great-grandchildren and a great-great grandchild.

Bernice was preceded in death by a brother: John Swartz. She was a 1938 graduate of Altoona High School and retired from Bell Telephone Company. She was a member of Llyswen United Methodist church.

Bernice was a member of the Telephone Pioneers, and Delphi Chapter of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed traveling and reading.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to: Shriners Hospitals for Children, P.O. Box 863765, Orlando, FL. 32886 or online at

Friends will be received from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, November 15, 2020 at E. Merrill Smith Funeral Home, Inc. 2309 Broad Avenue, Altoona 16601. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, November 16, 2020 at E. Merrill Smith Funeral Home officiated by Rev. Charles Baughman. Interment will be at Alto Reste Cemetery, Altoona.

Condolences may be made at or Stevens Family Funeral Homes Facebook.

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  • 11/14/2020

    Charlie, Peggy and John and families: My wife (Gingy Parsons) and I were so saddened to hear of your Mom's passing on her 100th birthday. I have some precious memories of her - one being she taught me to drive but I failed the test - 3 times! My wife knew you all as well (she and Charlie shared 2nd & 3rd grade classes at Baker). We both are sending you heart felt sympathies and prayers that God will comfort you all in this time of grief and sadness, but rejoicing with you over her graduation to Glory.

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