Bertha Elizabeth Haugen
Bertha Elizabeth Haugen (1922 – 2014 ), died peacefully Sept. 30.
Born in Page, N.D., to Martin and Sarah Bjorke, she is survived by her daughters Lee (Donald) Long of Greenwood, S.C., Kari (Steven) Epstein of Denver, sister Berniece Swang of Bismarck, N.D., grandchildren Brita Long (Daniel Fleck), Harold and Jeremy Long, and Anya and Daniel Epstein. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Lizabeth Haugen, brother, Martin Bjorke, and beloved ex-husband, Harold Haugen.
Bertha graduated from Minot State Teacher’s College and the University of North Dakota. She was the recipient of the Central City Opera Guild’s Bell Award, and the Denver Chamber Orchestra’s Volunteer of the Year. She served on several committees and boards, including the American Heart Association Colorado Chapter Hearts for Life Guild, Kempe Center Alliance, Denver Center Alliance, Denver Ballet Guild, Fine Arts Foundation, Children’s Diabetes Foundation, “Women Aglow” founder, board of Faculty Wives of Physicians at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and the University of Denver Women’s Library Association, among others.
Bertha was a consummate pianist and entertainer, a diehard Broncos fan, avid gardener, woman of extraordinary faith, and a lover of music and parties. She also loved hiking and driving in the mountains until her health prevented her from doing so, and going down the tall slide at the Eldorado Springs swimming pool.
A memorial service will be held at another time.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kempe Center Alliance, VOA Meals on Wheels, Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Agape Hospice, Central City Opera Guild, or The Fine Arts Foundation.
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