LaFerne Otto Bertelsen

January 23, 2019

CHARLOTTE – LaFerne Otto Bertelsen, 92, died January 23, 2019.  LaFerne was born on December 17, 1926, daughter of Edgar Gustav Otto and Leona Umberfield Otto.  She was married to her late husband, Robert Cornell Bertelsen for 45 years. LaFerne was a homemaker and developed a love of golf, bridge with her friends and traveling

LaFerne is survived by her children, Jerri Baker and her husband, John of Los Gatos, CA, Susan Owens and her husband, John of Charlotte, and Robert Bertelsen Jr. and his wife, Laurie of Columbiana, OH; grandchildren, Stefanie Schreck and her husband, Chris, Kelly Wheeler and her husband, James and Angela McClaren and her husband, Tim, Serena and Kylee; and great-grandchildren, Logan and Matthew Wheeler.  

A memorial service will be held at 7:00 PM on Tuesday evening, January 29, 2019 at University City United Methodist Church.  The family will receive friends for an hour prior to the service.  There will also be a memorial service at 3:00 PM on April 13, 2019 at Upper Room Ministries in Columbiana, OH with visitation from 2:00 until 3:00PM.

Memorials may be sent to Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, PO Box 470408, Charlotte, NC 28247.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at


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  • Anne Young Bennett

    Dear Bertelsen Family, I was sad to hear of Ferne’s passing. But I smile when I think of all the times spent at your house in Columbiana. The patience your mom had when we were wild kids. Coming over at Christmas and the many escapades water skiing at Berlin! And then there was the time she drove with me to the Pittsburgh airport to pick up my parents - old highway 51, night time, pea soup fog, she hung her head out the passenger window and told me if I was over the white line. It was the only line we could see and the only way we made it there safely!
    I respected and admired your mother and am glad I was able to spend time with her. My thoughts are with your family. Anne Young

  • Janet Brown

    Susan. My prayers are with you and your family. May God give you peace and comfort. Janet Brown