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Bertina Catherine (Marketti) Buathier

February 2, 1928 ~ August 15, 2022 (age 94)


   Bertina Catherine "Bertha" (Marketti) Buathier, 94, of Sandusky, went Home to be with the Lord unexpectedly early Monday morning, August 15, 2022, at MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH.
   Born on February 2, 1928, in Sandusky, OH the daughter of Frank and Rose Marie (Magi) Marketti.  She was a 1949 graduate of Sandusky High School.    Bertha had worked as a waitress at Italian Gardens and at the Roman Villa for nearly 30 years and later went on to work in the Sandusky High School cafeteria for over 10 years, before retiring.  She had also sold Avon products for over 30 years.
   She loved spending time with her family and the grandkids, but her family will remember her mostly for how she was very personable, loved being around other people, and being a true social butterfly.  Bertha was always moving, she was either taking aerobic or tai chi classes, yoga, taking long walks in the local area and going on bike rides.  She had a love for traveling and dancing, especially polka or any other style of dance.
  She was a lifelong member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, the Y.M.C.A., TOPS (for 25 years), the Italian- American Beneficial Club Ladies Auxiliary and the "Birthday Club" with her girlfriends for many years.
   Bertha is survived by her son, David (Gloria) Buathier of Sandusky; two daughters, Debbie (Rick) Marino of Cuyahoga Falls and Denise (Deno) Toccaceli of Sandusky; her step-daughter, Martha Zimmerman of Columbus; two granddaughters, Stephanie and Jennifer; six step-grandchildren, Kandice, Dustin, Lori, Angela, Bret and Bart; four great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several step-great-grandchildren; her soulmate, her pup, "Miley" and other relatives.
   She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 63 years, Luis E. "Ernie" Buathier on June 13, 2012; her beloved grandson, Matthew P. Gillingham (2018); a great-granddaughter, Harper; a sister, Donna Millis; and her brother, Eugene "Geno" Marketti.
   It was her wish to be cremated.  The family will receive friends on Monday morning, August 22, 2022, from 8:30 am - 9:45 am at the David F. Koch Funeral and Cremation Services, 520 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 am at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 510 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky.  Fr. Jacob George officiating.  Burial will be held later in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Sandusky.
  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made in her memory to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 510 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, OH 44870;  and because she loved dogs, to the Humane Society of Erie County, 1911 Superior Street, Sandusky, OH 44870, or to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.
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August 22, 2022

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