James Bertolino, 88

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James Bertolino, 88, of Nokomis, died at his home Saturday morning Aug. 28, 2021. He was born on March 5, 1933 to Louis and Cleda (Brown) Bertolino in rural Witt.

Visitation will be held on Monday, Aug. 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the St. Louis Catholic Church in Nokomis. Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 31 at 10 a.m at the St. Louis Catholic Church in Nokomis with Father John Burnette and Father Richard Chiola co-celebrating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetary in Nokomis.

Mr. Bertolino is survived by his wife Mary Lou (DeWerff) who married Oct. 22, 1955. He fathered six children, Joan (Randy) Meyer, Jane (Jo Huber) Bertolino, Julie (John) Quintin, Mark (Tammy) Bertolino, Jill (Jeff Miles) Fasig and Jenelle Bertolino. He was also very proud of his 17 grandchildren, Chad Ruppert, Beth Dorsey, Norann Ruppert, Jordan Ruppert, Nick Quintin, Emma Quintin, Rory Quintin, Aaron Bertolino, Adam Bertolino, Andrew Bertolino, Anna Murphy, Austin Bertolino, Jonica Stark, Joe Fassig, Jenna Fasig, Allie Ishmael and Hanna Ishmael. There are 36 great grandchidlren. He is also survived by his two sisters Elizabeth Snow, and Catherine Snow both of Texas.

Mr. Bertolino graduated from Nokomis High School where he exhibited his leadership skills serving as class president and presidents of five other organizations.

Following high school, he did some agricultural course work at U of I. He spent two years in the Army at Fort Knox. He was a devout Catholic, and served as lector and Eucharistic minister for many years. He was the lay director for three Koinonias and served on the committee to build the St. Louis Parish Center.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus since he was 18, a member of the Farm Bureau, Nokomis Jaycees and the American Legion. He served nine and a half years on the Nokomis Unit 22 School Board, and three years as the secretary of the board.

He was the president of the Nokomis Mutual Insurance Company for 16 years and served as an agent for 50. He valued all of his policy holders and was very thankful for this career and his clients.

Mr. Bertolino and his wife, Mary Lou, enjoyed camping with their friends and family for over 25 years. His favorite pastime was watching his grandkids and great-grandkids play sports, showing their livestock at fairs, dance recitals, and many other activities. Family has always been his pride and joy. He will be remembered by his kind and gentle soul.

Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis is assisting the family with arrangements. The guest book can be signed online at suttonmemorialhome.com.