Bertha Mary Nungesser, age 92, a resident of Shaker Heights, Ohio passed away Friday, September 3, 2021 at Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights, OH. She was born on March 21,1929 in Donora, Pennsylvania to John and Julia (Krall) Marconyak.
Bertha grew up as part of a large Catholic Slovak family in Donora, Pennsylvania. She attended Saint Dominic Catholic School and Donora High School. Bertha worked in Donora at Liberty Theater and Mantsch's Bakery. After high school, she worked at Lynn R. Wickerham Plumbing and Heating. Later, she moved to Cleveland and worked at Central National Bank, TRW and Sherwin-Williams while pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Saint John's College in Cleveland, Ohio. Bertha was united in marriage to Henry Nungesser on July 5, 1960. Bertha's career in education included teaching for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights, South Euclid-Lyndhurst and Cleveland Boards of Education; but she is best remembered for the seventeen years she taught in the Shaker Heights school district, including 10+ years she taught second grade at Sussex School in Shaker Heights. She retired from teaching in 1985, but continued to stay active, including holding part time job at a local Hallmark store.
Bertha had many interests and hobbies including yoga, quilting, genealogy, crafts, gardening, and taking walks in her neighborhood. Later in life, she enjoyed keeping in touch with family and friends using her computer. Bertha considered herself a computer savvy senior and was proud of the fact that she could figure out all the computer's 'bells and whistles.' She used her computer to share a daily reflection from the University of Notre Dame with many family members and friends for many years. Bertha's endless love of learning led her to travel to many international destinations including the Holy Land, Rome, Ireland, Canada, Norway and Slovakia. She enjoyed traveling to many destinations in the United States including Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, Florida, New England, Arizona and Michigan. In 2009, she was thrilled to finally travel to Chautauqua, New York. Bertha was an avid Notre Dame football fan. She enjoyed watching and attending Notre Dame football games through the years, and was even present at the now famous 'Rudy game!'
For over 40 years, Bertha was a proud member of the Church of Saint Dominic in Shaker Heights. For more than 20 years, Bertha coordinated the ministry of caring for the altar linens and church vestments. She performed many tasks lovingly including polishing the Tabernacle, coordinating the church cleaning, laundering the priest and server robes, and ordering the wine and hosts. Bertha scheduled all the volunteers who cared for the altar cloths, and each day would stop by the sacristy to 'tidy' up. She also enjoyed visiting the homebound and nursing home residents.
Bertha truly cherished her large family and the time she spent with them. Bertha is survived by her daughter Nancy Cieszykowski of Blue Springs, Missouri and granddaughters, Jeannette Cieszykowski of Dallas, Texas, Alana Cieszykowski of Blue Springs, Missouri; sister Mildred DePaolis of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, many nephews and nieces as well as many grand nephews and nieces. Bertha is preceded in death by her parents John and Julia (Krall) Marconyak, husband Henry Nungesser, son-in-law Eugene Cieszykowski, siblings Brother Paul (John) Marconyak, OSB, Stephen Marconyak, Rev. Albert Marconyak, Margaret Duda, Sister Mariella Marck, SFCC.
A gathering to celebrate Bertha's life will be held at a future date. Please enter your email address on the notification page to be updated.
The family suggests contributions in Bertha's Memory to the Monastery of the Poor Clares,
Address: 3501 Rocky River Drive, Cleveland, Ohio 44111