Col. Thomas L. Berta, 81, of Fredericksburg passed away Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at his home.
Col. Berta was a U. S. Army veteran having served 31 years and two tours of duty in the Vietnam War. He completed his military service at the Pentagon with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Col. Berta received numerous U. S. decorations and badges including the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star Medal.
He was a graduate of Penn State University, University of Southern California, Army War College and National War College.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Berta; three children Stephanie Campbell and husband Jack, Tom Berta Jr. and wife Dorota and Brian Berta; six grandchildren Jacob, Carlyn, Tessa, Ania, Antek and Sara; siblings Mary Hanusek, Andrew Berta, John Berta and wife Mary, Helen Rogusky and husband Ed, and Anna Marie Durange; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Helen Berta; brothers Joseph Berta and Joseph Skvasik.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
A Mass of Celebration will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13 at St. Jude Catholic Church. Burial will be a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the America Heart Association 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060.
Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg
Tuesday September 12th, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
4801 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Celebration of Life
St. Jude Catholic Church
Wednesday September 13th, 2017
10725 Courthouse Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Special Instructions: Burial at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.Text me the address
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To Tom's family. We only knew Tom briefly through Bridge at Virginia Heritage, but it was a true pleasure to be in his company. He will be dearly missed.
John and Christine Gaines
Submitted by Christine Gaines on Sep 7 2017 02:05:02 PM
I want to express my deepest condolences for your loss. Words cannot express the pain that is felt when a loved one is lost. However comfort can be found in God's word the Bible. For instance at Psalms 55:22 Jehovah God invites us to "throw your burden on Jehovah...and He will sustain you". Jesus promises the hope of a resurrection of our loved ones found at John 11:25 where Jesus says "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life". These are just some of the encouraging thoughts that can be found in the Bible. When you get a quiet moment please read Revelation 21:4.
Submitted by Trevor on Sep 7 2017 08:21:36 AM
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