Oscar Bertsch

May 7, 1931 - Oct 15, 2021

East Lawn Sierra Hills Memorial Park
5757 Greenback Lane
Sacramento, CA, 95841


Oscar Bertsch was born May 7, 1931 on the family farm to Michael and Ida Bertsch in Burt, North Dakota. He was one of 21 siblings, yes – 21. He passed away October 15, 2021 at 90 years of age in Folsom, CA.  Oscar is survived by his two sons Mark, Darin Bertsch and daughter Lana Bertsch (Tim Bolen); granddaughters Tawny Bolen, Teagan Bolen and Christina Lyon. Surviving siblings -Herbert Bertsch, Rudy Bertsch, Ben Bertsch, Viola Prischmann and Frieda Bertsch. Preceded by death his beloved wives Viola (Wolf) Bertsch – dec.1966 and Johanna (Lieb) Bertsch – dec. 2019. He was a loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother, uncle.  His smile and funny nature would always shine through. He was a very caring, generous man and would always take care of his family and lend a helping hand.  His love of golf, gardening, card games, music, bowling, working on cars, playing his organ and accordion permeated his soul. Oscar had the best laugh and smile. His many favorite foods were anything German, steamed clams (he loved sea food), tomato salad, stuffed bell peppers, a good cheeseburger, French fries, apple fritters, soups, grapes, cherries and many others. He was the hardest working man anyone had ever met; always working on projects or his hobby of building waterwheels. He completely renovated a 1967 Bonneville inside, outside and the engine down to the actual paint job, all done on his own and it was perfect.  He entered into active duty with the United States Marine Corp. March 1952 at Camp Pendleton, CA. After proudly serving his country in the Korean War he settled into married life in Klamath Falls, Oregon where he attended Oregon Technical Institute and received his accredited certificate in 1960 in Air-Conditioning/Refrigeration. His journey with air-conditioning/refrigeration took him into Chico, California where he took more college courses and led him to eventually settling into Sacramento, California.  Oscar’s air-conditioning/refrigeration profession kept him busy and supported his family. He was very proud of all the air conditioning and refrigeration jobs he undertook and was very meticulous that they were completed flawlessly. Always learning was his motto and became a licensed General Contractor with the State of California, even building his custom family home in Rancho Murrieta, CA later in life. He was a resident of Folsom, CA for 25 years and lived just minutes from his children and grandchildren which we all enjoyed immensely until his passing. He loved to gather with his brothers and sisters and enjoy family time with cards and always welcomed a competitive game of pool. There are so many great memories of this wonderful man. He is so missed and so loved and will live in our hearts forever.


  • Kathy Mauch says:

    Love you Uncke Oscar!

  • Bradley Wolf says:

    Rest in Peace Uncle Oscar. God Bless Your Soul.

  • Lakeside Village says:

    Oscar will be deeply missed at Lakeside. Please accept our deepest condolences Lana. God Bless <3

  • Rudy says:

    I love my brother Oscar. A real competitor in all things, in all of life! Till we meet again. By GOD’s mercy we shall live forever !

  • Patty Carroll says:

    I’ve known Oscar since I was a young girl and lived across the street (Beth ST, Sacramento). He had a great smile and a quirky sense of humor. I remember him singing, laughing and dancing. He was a loving and caring family man. I was fortunate to know him and feel like a member of his family.
    I enjoyed going for rides with the Bertsch Family in his Thunderbird! It was the most beautiful/fancy car that I had ever ridden in. To this day that car and those rides have a special place in my heart.
    Oscar had a big and loving heart and will be missed by everyone that knew him and loved him!
    Rest In Peace!

  • Jason Paulk says:

    He will be missed. Loved Oscar & watching him and the whole family playing horseshoes at family reunions.

  • Darlene Boriack says:

    I love my Uncle Oscar. I will remember your thoughtful pauses before you spoke, your bright eyes and your gut filled laughter. Rest in Peace. Love your niece Darlene

  • Doris Powell says:

    I have so many fond memorys of growing up in Chico. Mom (Martha) would take us to visit in the evenings after work. Also fun times in Bidwell Park, swimming, baseball , and eating good food. You always called to check on family to see what was going on. You will be missed.
    Love , your niece Doris

  • Stephen sanford says:

    Rest In Peace Uncle Oscar. You will be remembered by me always as my jovial and kind uncle. Your nephew, Steve Sanford

  • Douglas Bertsch says:

    I loved his smile and competitive spirit. Family gatherings growing up were always great fun. Rest In Peace Uncle Oscar. Douglas

  • Leeanna Johnson says:

    Uncle Oscar you were always cheerful. I have many happy memories at your house. Thank you for being my Dad’s friend. You were fun to be around. May you rest in peace.

  • Your daughter says:

    I will LOVE you forever. Miss you so much.

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