March 12, 2013

Mar. 12, 2013 @ 12:36 PM

Vera Maria Roberts Braden
February 7, 1945 - March 2, 2013

PITTSBORO — Vera Maria Roberts Braden of Pittsboro went to be with the Lord on March 2, 2013.
Vera was born in Halle (Saale) on February 7, 1945 to Wilhelm Rahm and Elizabeth Gertrud Asel. Vera grew up in Winnweiler and Kaiserlautern Germany where she was raised by her mother Gertrud Asel and step-father Werner Asel. When she completed school in Germany she worked as a dental hygienist. She moved to the United States with her husband Alvis Clifford Roberts in 1964 and worked as a Asst. Librarian at Duke in Perkins Library, and later at UNC Law Library, forming friendships that continued throughout her life. Vera was kind, strong and touched the lives of many. She loved to stay active. Vera was a high diver and swimmer (early in life), runner, and avid tennis player. Vera will always be remembered for her incredible strength, kindness and beauty both inside and out. Vera was a beloved Oma, Mother and friend. Her legacy can be seen in the way she touched  those she loved.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Kristina and Mark Berly; her grandchildren: Jake, Kaitlyn, Seth and Zach Berly; as well many in her extended family.
Memorial services will be held Friday, March 15, 2013 at 1 p.m. New Salem Church, 5030 Old Graham, Pittsboro, where family and friends may attend a short reception after the services. In lieu of flowers; please make a donation to the Vera Braden Memorial Fund at

Dorothy Allen

CHAPEL HILL — Dorothy "Dot" Allen, 86, died at home in Chapel Hill on March 10, surrounded by her family. Dot passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer's. She was the daughter of the late Rom Dixon Sr. and Etta Dixon. Dot was born in Jones County and moved to Durham in the early 60's. She worked for many years in the hospitality field and home daycare. Dot was gifted in the kitchen and will always be remembered for her bountiful meals.
Dot is survived by a daugher, Barbara Whitman of Chapel Hill; four sons, Don Allen, Ray Allen, Rick Allen and Steve Allen, all of Durham. Also left to cherish her memory are 15 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Walkers Funeral Home in Chapel Hill on Wednesday, March 13 at 3 p.m. Chaplain Tom Hehenberger will officiate. The family will receive friends at Walkers after the service and at the home of her daughter, Barbara in Chapel Hill.    
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Dot's dedicated caregivers at the Bryan Center, faithful friend Helen Lewter and Duke Hospice. Special thanks to longtime friend, Faye Powell Suitt for her loving care to our family and mother.
Flowers are accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Duke Hospice.

C. Ritchie Bell
CHAPEL HILL — C. Ritchie Bell, longtime resident of Chapel Hill, passed away 3/6/2013 at 91 after a long illness. Ritchie was born 4/10/1921 in Cincinnati, OH and grew up in Asheville. He served in the Army Air force as a B25 pilot with 61 missions based in Italy and Burma. He received his AB in 1947 (Class of 1945) and his MA in Botany in 1949 at UNC-CH, and his PhD in Botany at UC-Berkeley in 1953. After teaching for two years at the University of Illinois, he came back to UNC-CH as an Assistant Professor in Botany in 1955 where he remained until his retirement from teaching in 1991. He helped establish the North Carolina Botanical Garden and was the founding Director (1961-1986). Ritchie co-authored the “Vascular Flora of the Carolinas,” and the popular “Wild Flowers of North Carolina” with William C. Justice, both published by UNC Press in 1968. He also co-authored “Florida Wild Flowers and Roadside Plants” (1980) “Fall Color and Woodland Harvests of the Eastern Forests” (1990) and “Fall Color Finder” (1991) published by Laurel Hill Press. His awards among several include the Silver Seal Award from the National Council of Garden Clubs in 1979, the Flora Caroliniana Award from the NC Botanical Garden in 1999 and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from UNC-CH in 2007.
Ritchie is survived by his wife, Anne Lindsey; and his son, David Bell of Chapel Hill; his sister, Patricia Ramsey of Asheville; and his brother, W. David Bell of Macon, NC.
Ritchie was passionate about the native flora of North Carolina and the North Carolina Botanical Garden. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Ritchie’s memory be made to the North Carolina Botanical Garden — UNC — Chapel Hill (919) 962-0522. Specific fund suggestions include: The Children’s Garden, the UNC Herbarium, and the Unrestricted Fund.
The memorial gathering for Ritchie will be in the Reeves Auditorium at the North Carolina Botanical Garden at 11 a.m. April 10, 2013.

Charles Edward Bertsch
CHAPEL HILL — Charles Edward Bertsch, age 89, died on March 9, in Hillcrest Convalescent Center in Durham.
He was born in South Bend, Indiana, to Gilbert and Nettie Bertsch. He married June, his wife of 67 years, in 1943. He was an Army veteran who fought for several years in the Pacific theater during World War II. He and June lived in Warsaw, Indiana, for many years until moving to Durham to be closer to their daughter and grandson.
He and June founded Bertsch Vending Company in 1948 and owned it until selling in 2009. Charles was active in the National Automatic Merchandising Association, serving as Chairman of the Board in 1976; and was chairman and charter member of the Board of Governors of the  Indiana Vending Council.
He was a dedicated citizen of his community and a member of various organizations, including the Rotary, Shrine, Masons, and the United Methodist Church. He received many accolades, including being named “Man of the Year” by the Warsaw Chamber of Commerce in 1981, “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst and Young in 2001, and the “Man of the Century” by the Indiana Vending Council in 2000.
Along the way he found time to run a fertilizer company, participate in the building of the Holiday Inn, run the Wagon Wheel Playhouse, and become part owner of a paper cup factory in South Carolina.
He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and would probably want to be most remembered for starting a charitable foundation to help those who have less. He is survived by his daughter, Dianne Leslie Bertsch; his grandson, Jordan Christopher Shamp; and his granddaughter-in-law, Mindy Leigh Shamp.
There will be a service in Warsaw, Indiana, sometime in the future.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Salvation Army, Post Office Box 175, Warsaw, Indiana, 46581.

Judith Goodhand
CHAPEL HILL — Mrs. Judith Goodhand, 80, died early Thursday at Clare Bridge of Chapel Hill. Mrs. Goodhand was born in Bangor, Maine, the daughter of the late Russell Hobbs and the late Helen Moran Hobbs.
She had an extensive career in social work and children's services, holding leadership positions in Knox County, Lucas County and Cuyahoga County, Ohio. She was also a consultant for the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Jordan Institute for Families, and served on the faculty at the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mrs. Goodhand is survived by a son, David Goodhand; three daughters, Lynne Goodhand, Kathleen Goodhand and Megan Goodhand; a brother, Jim Hobbs; a sister, Gretchen Herbert; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 16, 2013, 2 p.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Larry Hayes presiding. 
Donations in Mrs. Goodhand's memory may be made to F2F Neighborhood Collaborative, a program that Judith was very committed to and instrumental in spreading across the country. Checks made out to F2F Neighborhood Collaborative may be sent to:
Public Children Services Association of Ohio, 510 East Mound Street, Suite 200, Columbus, OH 43215 Tel: 614-224-5802
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Mary Virginia Cavanaugh Fendt

HENDERSONVILLE — Mary Virginia Cavanaugh Fendt of the Brian Center of Hendersonville died where she had been a resident since 2003.
Mrs. Fendt had formerly lived in Durham where she retired after 30+ years from Duke University Medical Center. The bulk of her employment was in the House Staff Office or Graduate Medical Education at Duke. Mrs. Fendt was born on June 16, 1930 in Kalamazoo, MI. She was the second daughter of Alfred J. and Violet R. Cavanaugh. She attended several colleges including Taylor University where she met and later married Paul Fendt.
She is survived by two children: her son, Fred Fendt and his fiancee, Joanne, of Lake Odessa, MI.; and her daughter, Mary K. and her husband, Denny Thompson of Hendersonville. The apple of her eye was her only grandchild, Dillon Thompson. In addition, two nieces and their families in Michigan survive her: Patricia and Fred Duever of Elkton and Jan and Norm Ferguson of St. Joseph. Mary was predeceased by her lifelong friend, Pi Huse in March 2011. Several very dear lifelong friends survive her: Norma Beadle Johnston, Ramona Lucht, and Debbie Harris.
Mary C. Fendt's family would like to thank Dr. Don Culver and Dr. Larry Russell, the Brian Center staff and the Four Season's staff for their expert care and support while she was at the Brian Center.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church in Hendersonville.
Jackson Funeral Service and Crematory in Hendersonville is handling the arrangements.
Donations may be made to: Carmelite Nuns, Carmel of the Sacred Heart, 430 Laurel Avenue, Hudson, WI 54016-1688 or to the charity of one's choice.
Condolence cards may be sent to the family at or PO Box 945, Hendersonville, NC 28793.

Lillian Juanita “Nita” Packer
JACKSONVILLE, TX — Lillian Juanita “Nita” Packer passed away on March 5, 2013. She passed away peacefully in her sister’s home in Jacksonville, Texas, after a long battle with heart disease and kidney failure. She was born Lillian Juanita Pearce in Mineola Wood County, Texas on November 19, 1935. She worked for Duke University Medical Center until retirement.
She married Gerald Robert Packer in 1953 and loved him until his death in 1990.
She is survived by her sons, Gerald Robert Packer Jr., Lee Allan Packer, David Wayne Packer, and William Keith Packer. Surviving grandchildren are Holly Packer, Chase Packer, Delaney Packer, Anna Packer, Justin Packer, Kristen Packer, Jessica Packer, Chad Packer, Zack Packer, Luke Packer, Cameron Packer and Courtney Packer. Surviving sisters are Willie Chambers, Brenda Hendrickson, and Sharon Steele.
The memorial service will be held at Bethel United Methodist Church at 5512 Snow Camp Road, Graham, on March 14, 2013 at 2 p.m. Immediately following service, she will be laid to rest next to her husband at the Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Rich & Thompson Funeral Home and Crematory in Graham is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be offered at