Bertha Daharsh

Bertha L. Daharsh, 94 of Gothenburg died June 29, 2021, at Stone Hearth Estates in Gothenburg. She was born Feb. 1, 1927, in North Platte, daughter of George and Gladys (Ridenour) Kariger.

Bertha attended school in Sutherland. Following high school, she went on to attain her bachelors degree in teaching. She was a teacher at Gothenburg Public Schools for 33 years and then was a substitute teacher for six years following her retirement.

She married Leonard Hood in 1943, and they later divorced. On Aug. 16, 1957, she married Damon Daharsh in Gothenburg.

In her free time Bertha enjoyed painting china, quilting, and spending time in her yard tending to her flowers and yard. Bertha loved animals, but especially cats.

Survivors include son, Roger (Paula) Hood of Gothenburg; grandchildren, Kerri (Steve) Kraft of Broomfield, Colorado, Greg (Michelle) Hood of Lincoln, Dirk (Melissa) Hood of Roca, Beth (Don) Burton of Omaha, James Garrelts, Mark (Rhonda) Garrelts, and Mindy (Richard) Keller; 18 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews and many friends.

Bertha was preceded in death by her parents, George W. and Gladys E. Kariger; husband, Damon Daharsh; two daughters, Virginia (Gin) Garrelts and Kathleen  Hood; son, Alan Dale Hood; sisters, Theo Mae Whitmire and Kathryn Smith; brothers, George Kariger and Harvey Kariger; and son-in-law James Garrelts.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 7, 2021, from 1 - 7 p.m. at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg with the family present from 5 - 7 p.m. Services will be held Thursday, July 8 at 10:30 a.m. at the  First Presbyterian Church in Gothenburg with  Pastor David Boyd officiating. Interment will follow in the Gothenburg Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church, 1020 Lake Avenue, Gothenburg, NE. To sign the online guest book, go to