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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Carole Jean Bertel, 83, passed peacefully from this life into the Kingdom of Heaven on January 29, 2018, surrounded by her loving family, caretakers and friends. Carole passed at her home in Fort Worth following complications from a recent fall and hip replacement.

Carole was born in St. Louis, Missouri, July 2, 1934, the daughter of Robert W. and Dorothy Robinson. She lived in rural Missouri near Irondale from a young age, during and after World War II. Carole was preceded in death by her sister, Joanne Robinson, their parents and her husband.

As a high school senior, Carole met the love of her life, Donald Bertel, a young railroad surveyor with a penchant for motorcycles. After high school graduation where Carole was Valedictorian, they were married on November 29, 1952 in Irondale, Missouri. Following their marriage, Carole and Don moved to Poplar Bluff, Missouri, the first of over 20 relocations that the couple would undertake across the U.S. during Don’s railroading career. Carole and Don welcomed their first child, Richard in December 1953, and later a second son Ronald, in November 1956, followed by a daughter, Donna in March 1961. The family traveled widely and enjoyed countless hours pursuing culinary delights across the U.S. Carole was an excellent homemaker and involved in all her children’s endeavors and interests.

A devoted Christian, Carole raised her children to believe in God and to put others before themselves. She traveled to the Holy Lands in the early 1970’s and belonged to various church service groups and organizations wherever the family would move.

Carole lived in the Fort Worth, Texas, area several times and she and Don retired to the Aledo/Hudson Oaks communities in the late 1990’s. Upon Don’s passing in 2006, Carole and her mother Dorothy moved to Eagle, Idaho to be close to her daughter Donna. Carole returned to Fort Worth in 2015 where she lived until her death.

The family would like to express our most heartfelt appreciation to the caregivers and hospice staff and professionals at Assisted Services, and Professional Caretakers, both from Fort Worth, Texas; who so tenderly cared for our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother during her final days and hours. Of special note is Sharon Ogan, Jenny Maayeh and Terry Netter. Their love and attention for Carole will never be forgotten.

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Carole is survived by her daughter, Donna Barker and husband Joel of Eagle, Idaho; sons, Richard Bertel and wife Connie of Fort Worth, Texas, and Ronald Bertel and wife Melissa of Colleyville, Texas; grandchildren include Christopher Bertel and wife Wendy of Keller, Texas, Jeffrey Barker and wife Laura of Boise, Idaho, Christopher Barker and wife Joy of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Courtney Smith and husband Brian of Weatherford, Texas, Robert Bertel of Colleyville, Texas, and Rhonda Daniel of Vernon, Texas; great-grandchildren include Cade and Brek Bertel of Keller, Texas, Dalton Daniel of Vernon, Texas, and Colt Smith of Weatherford, Texas. Carole will be truly missed by her loving family and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in memory of Carole Jean Bertel be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305, 800.223.2732 (apda@apdaparkinson.org).

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