Alberta Elizabeth Man (1925 – 2018)

Alberta (Bert) Elizabeth Man was born on 21 May 1925 at Germantown, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Edward Macpherson and Alberta (Coad) Man. She married four times, her last husband being Fred P. Renken to whom she was married for 24 years. She had one son by her second marriage to Ray Albright, who is still living. Bert died on 19 November 2018, aged 93, at Souderton Mennonite Home where she had resided since 1999. She had previously lived in Philadelphia, Plymouth Meeting, Lansdale, Sellersville, Harleysville, and Chalfont.

Bert graduated from Germantown High School, class of 1943 and then attended Ursinus College for two years. An accomplished singer and pianist, she performed in many local theater productions and sang at many weddings. Bert had earned a scholarship to the Juilliard School of Music in New York, but was unable to attend because of financial hardships related to World War II.

After the war, she worked in the statistical department of the Pennsylvania Railroad for eight years. Bert later worked for a variety of companies doing payroll, bookkeeping, and accounting. She retired from Philadelphia Resins, a division of Illinois Tool Works, in April 1990 after nine years with the company.

Bert was a member and past president of the Souderton Lioness Club. She was a former member of Lansdale United Methodist Church and more recently attended Zion Mennonite Church in Souderton. Bert was very active in the community, volunteering at Pearl S. Buck Home in Perkasie for 18 years, at Grandview Hospital for 20+ years, and the Souderton Mennonite Homes for nine years. Bert and Fred were also longtime members of Indian Valley Country Club, where they had both social and golf memberships and where they were married in 1984.

She enjoyed listening to classical music, playing the piano, and singing. Bert was an avid reader of mysteries and history books. She also enjoyed flower gardening, antiquing, traveling, visiting her relatives and extended family, and word search and spot the difference puzzles.

Bert was a friendly, energetic, generous woman who was a real people person and had a great sense of humor.

In addition to her parents and husbands, Bert was preceded in death by her brother, Edward M. Man, Jr.