Waldo E. Bertoni is the youngest sibling of
five, all born and raised in
Mt. Pulaski. Their parents were Italian immigrants from northern Italy.
Waldo, like his older brothers and sister, worked in the family Bertoni
Restaurant business in Mt. Pulaski, graduated with honors from Mt.
Pulaski High School (also excelled in athletics - baseball and basketball),
attended one year at U of I and then received an appointment to West Point
Military Academy, where we graduated in 1948.
He married his hometown sweetheart (Rosalie
Smith of Chestnut) in 1948 and spent the next 30 years
in the USAF.
During his military years, he received
graduated degrees from the U of I
(Electrical Engineering) and the University of Chicago (Business Administration).
He also attended several military institutes for officers. He served tours at
the Pentagon and the National Security Agency. He also served a tour in
As a Colonel, his last assignment was
Vice-Commander of the Electronic
Systems Division at Hanscom Air Force Base, Ma.
His list of medals, awards and citations are numerous.
He and Rosalie lived in Falls Church Va., where he worked on Defense
Satellite Communication Systems. After retiring, he became a consultant on
Satellite Communication Systems. They moved back to Mt. Pulaski in 2005.
He serves on the Lincoln College Board of Trustees, is a member of Lincoln Elks,
Mount Pulaski Rotary and Mount Pulaski American Legion. He turned 84 on Jan. 1st.
His lone surviving sibling, a sister (Marie Benedict), is 95 and lives near her son
and family in Boca Raton, Fl.