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Bertha Solze

Published on -7/3/2013, 1:09 PM

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Bertha Solze, 93, Pratt, formerly of WaKeeney, Utica and Ness City, died Monday, July 1, 2013,

She was born Oct. 23, 1919, near Milberger to Reinardt and Eva Karst.

She married Ralph Gatrel on July 18, 1936. He preceded her in death. She later married Frank Solze on Sept. 9, 1954. He preceded her in death.

She enjoyed music, horses, dancing, cooking and her extended family.

Survivors include three sons, Larry Gatrel and wife, Janie, Maysville, Ga., Rodney Solze and wife, Lori, Utica, and Donald Solze and wife, Natallia, Bountiful, Utah; a daughter, Sylvia Hess and husband, Darol, Greensburg; her grandchildren, Marvin Hess, Anthony, Judy Bertram and husband, John, Haviland, Debra Wilder and husband, Terry, Greensburg, Kathy Coxworth and husband, Dean, Flowery Branch, Ga., Marty Gatrel and wife, Janet, Loganville, Ga., Rodney Solze Jr. and Mylene Beeson, Utica, Derek Solze and wife, Kendra, Pratt, Shaunacee Solze, WaKeeney, and Nicole Solze, Bountiful; her great-grandchildren, Toshia Hoover and husband, Jeremy, Greensburg, Andrea McCarley and husband, Pake, Haviland, Erica Bertram, Haviland, Carlie Shepherd and husband, Nathan, Waukomis, Okla., Kavin Hess, Anthony, Ian Hess, Greensburg, Travis, Madison and Blake Coxworth, Flowery Branch, Ga., Ethan, Nathan and Aaron Gatrel, Loganville, Ga., Cambrea and Elena Solze, WaKeeney, Malory and Logan Solze, Pratt, and Tia and Trey Solze, Utica; a great-great-grandchild, Kaden McCarley, Pratt; three step-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren; and a step-great-great-grandchild.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at United Methodist Church, Utica.

Viewing will be until 9 p.m. Thursday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City.

Memorials are suggested to Utica United Methodist Church or Southwind Hospice, Pratt, in care of the funeral home.

Condolences can be sent to the family at www.fitzgeraldfuneral.com.

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