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MOUNT PULASKI -- Waldo E. Bertoni, 85, of
Mount Pulaski, died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at 10:33 a.m. at his
His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader
Funeral Home in Mount Pulaski, with the service conducted by the
Rev. Rachel Stockle of the Mount Pulaski United Methodist Church.
Visitation prior to the service will begin at noon.
Burial will be in Mount Pulaski Cemetery, where
military rites will be conducted.
Mr. Bertoni retired from the U.S. Air Force in
1977 as a colonel.
He was born Jan. 1, 1926, in Mount Pulaski. He
married Rosalie Smith, daughter of Wilbur and Hazel
Smith of Chestnut, in 1948.
He is survived by his wife; one sister, Marie
Benedict of Boca Raton, Fla.; and several nieces and
He was preceded in death by their only child,
Paul Alan; his parents, Rinaldo and Pauline Rigali
Bertoni; and his three older brothers, Sam, Albert
He graduated from West Point Military Academy in
1948, receiving his commission as a second
lieutenant. In addition to his bachelor's degree
from West Point, he received a master's in
electrical engineering from the University of
Illinois and an MBA in research development
management from the University of Chicago. He was a
graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed
Waldo and Rosalie returned to his hometown of
Mount Pulaski in 2005. He served as a member of the
Lincoln College board of trustees, was a member of
Mount Pulaski American Legion Ryman-Fuiten Post 447,
Mount Pulaski Rotary and Lincoln Elks. He and his
wife were members of the Mount Pulaski Township
Historical Society and the Mount Pulaski 175th
In July, Waldo was one of five to be awarded a Gen.
Casimir Pulaski bronze bust as "Most Distinguished
Graduate of Mt. Pulaski High School." He and Rosalie
represented the 175th Committee as grand marshals of
the parade at the Mount Pulaski Fall Festival in
Memorials may be made to the Mount Pulaski
Courthouse 175th Legacy Foundation or the Lincoln
College Heritage Museum.
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