Peter (Pete) Norman Bertz

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MADISON–Peter Bertz, age 68, of Middleton, passed away peacefully on Jan. 3, 2021, at the Madison VA Hospice.

He is survived by his sister, Lauren and her husband, Mike (Thommen) of Forest Lawn, MD.; his brothers, Paul and his wife, Phoebe (Lewis) of Fredericksburg, VA., Phillip, his wife, Linda (Gill) of Marshfield, and Patrick and his wife, Lorinda (Rainsberger) of Sanford, NCHe was born on April 19, 1952, in Marshfield, the son of John and Jane (Smith) Bertz, originally from Loyal, Wis. Peter graduated from Neillsville High School in 1969 and attended UW-Madison for a short period of time.  

Peter was a talented musician (piano) at a very young age and wrote several excellent piano sheet music songs that are posted on YouTube. In his youth he enlisted in the US Army and was an accomplished linguist (German and Russian), graduating from the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in Monterey, CA, in both languages. He was stationed in Germany several times while on active duty Army and, after getting out of the military, lived there for many years working in the host nation.

Peter was a private person who had many hobbies including playing pool, solving crossword puzzles, collecting rare coins and stamps. He will be remembered most because of his witty personality, willingness to be festive and his duck dynasty beard.  

There will be a celebration of life ceremony in his honor, late spring in Loyal. Online condolences may be made at

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