Joseph Bertola passed into eternal life on July 21, 2014. Joseph was born in Sugarite, New Mexico on January 8, 1925 to Guiseppe Bertola and Madelena Zanardi.
Joseph was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater. He was a member of St. Patricks-St.
Joseph’s Catholic Church, a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, an honorary member of the
Knights of Columbus, and a member of the United Transportation Union. His career as brakeman and
conductor for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway
spanned over 35 years.
Joseph was predeceased by his father and mother, four brothers, Enrico, Fred and Alfred Angelo and Charles Bertolino, and three sisters, Margaret Ross, Natalena Madelena, and Dina Rodigheiro.
Joseph was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife,
Antoinette, of Raton, three sons, Michael (Cheri) of Henderson, Nevada, Joseph Stephen (Petra) of Raton,
And Fred of Raton, and one daughter, Marisa (Steve) Aguirre of Raton. He is also survived by ten grandchildren and numerous great grand-children, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Visitation will be Wednesday July 23, 2014 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home in Raton.
Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be at St. Patricks-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Thursday,
July 24, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. Mass will follow at 10:00 a.m. with Father John Trambley as the celebrant. The rite of Christian burial and the interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Arrangements and celebration of love for Joseph Bertola are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.