Sister Mary Bertram, O.P., a member of the Sisters of St. Dominic, Amityville, for 72 years, died May 18. She was 93.
Born as Helen, she and her eight brothers and sisters, were raised in Astoria. She attended St. Joseph School there.
After high school, she worked for a few years and then entered the Novitiate at Amityville in 1945. She pronounced her vows in 1947 and began her teaching ministry at St. Joseph Patron, Bushwick, where she remained for the next 15 years.
In 1962, she began teaching at Cure of Ars, Merrick, L.I., and at St. Catherine of Sienna, Franklin Square.
In 1984, she moved to Sacred Heart Convent, Cambria Heights, and worked as school secretary at St. Clement Pope, South Ozone Park. After earning a master of science degree from CW Post/LIU, in 1986 she assumed the role of audio visual specialist at St. Agnes H.S./Kellenberg Memorial H.S., Uniondale.
A transition from education came in 1991 when she moved to Our Lady of Consolation Convent in Amityville. There she was a driver for the Sisters and did the shopping for the house.
In 2005, she retired from active ministry and in 2008 moved to Queen of the Rosary Motherhouse.
Burial was in the Sisters’ cemetery in Amityville.