SEAVIEW — Our beloved mother, Roberta Jo, “Berta” (Leback) Tetz entered into God’s heavenly gates made not from hands, but from eternal love on December 9, 2017.
Berta was born to Verl C. and Gertrude T. (Wood) Leback in Astoria on Feb. 10, 1929. She attended Chinook Grade School and graduated from Ilwaco High School in 1947. She grew up in Chinook, working alongside her parents and brother, Dick Leback, at the Chinook County Store. It was the hub of the town and mom was always there helping ring up guests alongside her mother. She attended Washington State University and pledged Alpha Chi Omega sorority. While home on summer break, Arnold Swanson recruited her to work at the Astoria Clinic. She would ride the ferries to and from Megler until getting an apartment in Astoria.
Tim C. Williams courted her and they married at the Presbyterian Church in Ilwaco. They had three children: Timothy Mark, Marilyn Jo, and Thomas Richard. Tim worked in the Ilwaco Theatre and owned a gas station in Ilwaco, and then became an insurance salesman. Mom joined him in the insurance business after raising their children. They enjoyed trips to Palm Springs, Hawaii, Turkey, Spain, New York and New Jersey and various insurance conventions.
Following a divorce from Tim, Berta married Frank O. Glenn Jr.. They resided in Hammond, Oregon and enjoyed living on the Columbia River watching various vessels go by out their front window. Berta would accompany Frank on his boat the “Tondelyo,” always providing a nice picnic spread. They loved to travel and went on trips to London, New York, Europe and to their condo on St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. They were among the very first to take the Concorde jet to London, and Berta truly enjoyed it. They lived as close to a cosmopolitan lifestyle as one can on the Oregon Coast, always hosting fancy dinner parties and attending black tie affairs. Berta loved to get dressed up and Frank was always happy to show off his beautiful bride.
After Frank’s passing, Berta married Ken Tetz Sr. They were both sports fans and enjoyed college and professional games. They enjoyed vacations in sunny Palm Springs and regularly attended Chinook Lutheran Church. Berta’s last vacation was with her son, Tim and wife Marni to Palm Springs.
Berta finished out her last years living with her daughter Marilyn. The family is grateful for the loving care Marilyn provided. Tom came by for daily visits and could always bring a sparkle of joy to his mother.
Our mother, grandmother, sister, wife and friend was an icon, Katherine Hepburn-esque. Always stunning, impeccably dressed. She had a calm, sweet temperament. She loved staying up with the news, local politics and rooting on the Trailblazers. She had a unique tune she whistled: you could hear it throughout the house as she got ready, cooked or did housework. She loved hosting guests and having drinks with friends and family. She was an excellent cook and wrote her own cookbook in 1988, “Mom’s Best.” She made everyone feel welcome.
She is survived by: Tim and Marni Williams, Marilyn Williams, Tom Williams; two sisters-in-law, Eileen Leback and Dorothy T. Williams; grandchildren, Ken Anderson, Ryan (Angie) Williams and Laura (Hart) Green; step-grandchildren Jeff (Tomoe) Johnson, Marni Johnson and Emily (Jamison) Purry; and eight great-grandchildren.
Her memorial service and celebration of her life will be Saturday, January 13, at 1 p.m., at Chinook School. A reception follows. Memorials are requested to either the Ilwaco Fire Department or Friends of Chinook School. Her guestbook is at www.penttilaschapel.com