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Berta Cormane

September 13, 1927 — November 15, 2023

St. George, Utah

Berta Cormane (beloved mother, grandma and great grandma---TATA) went with her Lord and Savior in the early afternoon on November 15, 2023. Her beloved parakeets (Micki and Mini) had been quiet a few days, earlier and during the morning of Nov. 15.

Berta passed quietly, from natural causes, in her cozy home in St George, UT with her daughter Sheila, son Charles present and Sister Lourdes via Long distance. Berta had been under Hospice care at home in the last 12 months.

Berta Armella was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, S.A. on September 13, 1927 to Manuel Armella and Maria Luisa Perez. Berta’s dad (Manuel) was Chief of Police in the District of the Atlantic (in Colombia). Berta’s mom was a stay at home mom. Berta was
left orphan at the age of 7 as a result of her parent’s passing at their young age. This experience help shape Berta’s character of strong will, determination, family and to never give up.

Berta was then raised by her Aunt, Leticia, in the town of Santa Marta, about 2 hours from Barranquilla. In the 1930’s Santa Marta was a small, sleepy coastal town near the Caribbean Sea. With very little industry in this town, residents enjoyed a humble
upbringing with leisure walks by the beach and enjoying good local sea food. To this day the grandchildren still enjoy Tata’s delicious spanish cuisine of coconut rice, arepas, torta de platano, and sancochos. In school, Berta excelled in the arts and
literature. Berta was quite an artist and had one of the most beautiful penmanships that you have ever seen.

In December 1949 Berta married Fernando Cormane and they raised Sheila, Charles and Lourdes. Berta’s only husband died in December 1986 (Boulder, CO) and she remained a widow until her death.

Destiny took Berta and Fernando to NYC in 1964 as emigrants where they taught us the values of hard work and getting and education. Berta worked in the garment industry in NYC and there was clothing she could not fix or create new. Since neither dad or mom knew how to drive nor owned a car, they showed that walking and using mass transportation are not bad at all. Berta’s physical activity contributed to her healthy longevity.

In 1981 Berta and dad retired in Boulder, CO where they spent many happy years enjoying the beautiful mountains, visiting the many parks in this gorgeous state, and help raised 6 grandchildren.

As mom's older years became apparent, she grew tired of the cold CO winters and with her daughter, Sheila, Berta moved to St George, UT where she enjoyed the mild winters, the beautiful desert scenery of Utah and her comfortable home with her beautiful rose garden.

Berta converted in the 1980’s to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Her quiet testimony of Jesus Christ is very dear to her. She was very active in the church and loved her callings in the primary. Berta was preceded in death by her husband Fernando in 1986. Berta is survived by her daughter, Sheila Rincon (Hector), son Charles, daughter, Lourdes Kouzougian (Ara, deceased).

Grandchildren: Andre Rincon (Karenina), Maurice Rincon (Brooke), Daniel Rincon (Lisa); David Cormane, Evan Cormane (Maria) and Kayla Kouzougian (Dakota David) Great grandchildren: Bianca and Clara; Marcus and Ella.

The greatest gift she gave in life is Faith in God and to never give up! Berta’s wishes was to be cremated.

There will be a private family gathering in early 2024. In Lieu of flowers, please make donations to Applegate HomeCare and Hospice.  292 S 1470 East, #101, St George, UT 84790

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