Obituary

 Walter John Bertram, aged 80 of Brooklyn Park, MN died on January 23, 2014.  John was born in India to parents Walter and Emilie (Franke) Bertram who were missionaries with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.  He spent his early years in India then traveled to the United States by ship to attend boarding school with his brothers Dick and Ed at Concordia High School and College in Fort Wayne, IN.  Four of his five years there he lettered in tennis and remained an active player beyond age 65.  After graduation from Concordia Junior College he spent one year at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO.  Following that he spent 15 years in the newspaper business, initially with weekly and daily newspapers in the suburban Pittsburgh, PA area.  There he met and married Arlene Marie Stapf and through that union had five children. 

He continued in the newspaper business with Seven years at the Faribault MN Daily News and the remainder with the various corporations that became the Twin Cities Sun Newspapers, where he eventually became Vice President of Operations and General Manager of their 25 Twin Cities newspapers.  During these years he became extremely active in various civic and community organizations.  He was President of the Faribault, MN Jaycees, President of the Bloomington, MN Rotary Club and served on the Bloomington, Hennepin County and 3rd congressional district executive committees of the Minnesota Republican Party.  In 1966 the Minnesota Jaycees named him one of the “10 Outstanding Young Men of Minnesota”.  He also served as Publicity Chairman, General Chairman and Finance Chairman for Senator Jerome V. Blatz of Bloomington during his 1962, 1966, and 1970 election campaigns.  From 1969 through 1975 he served as President of the Minnesota Retail Federation, the lobbying organization for the Minnesota Retail industry.  Starting in 1975 John was a Bartender and Bar Manager at family restaurants in Brooklyn Center and Crystal, MN.

In 1978 he met and later married Gloria Ann Stieg.  John was best known for his lifelong love affair with the “Aloha Spirit” and the Hawaiian Islands.  He made 34 visits there many of them 30 days long.  In the early 70’s he owned a vacation home there for 3 years, renting it out for 47 weeks and living in it for 5 weeks (3 in the Spring and 2 in the Fall).  His internet name became “Aloha John”.

He was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Emilie, his infant sister Grace, his younger brother Dick, his sister-in-law Maryann Bertram (Bruce), His first wife Arlene Marie Stapf, granddaughter Sarah Elizabeth Blosberg, and daughter-in-law Mary (Jonathan).

He is survived by his wife Gloria Ann Stieg, step sons; Keith (Nancy) Stieg, and Kevin Stieg, sons; Michael (Jean), William and Jonathan, daughters; Katherine (Landis) Lundquist, and Elizabeth (Joseph) Morey, Brothers; Edward (Marilyn), Arthur, Bruce, and Alan, sisters; Karen Reeck and Brenda (Chuck) Fredlund, grandchildren; Angela (Brian) Bomgren, Daniel (Netta) Lundquist, Emilie Lundquist, Joseph (Sarah) Bertram, Anna Bertram, Calvin Morey, Jack Morey, Carley Stieg, Madison Stieg and Hallie Stieg, great grand-children; Ella Bomgren,  Bodi Lundquist, and Lana Lundquist.

Submitted by Daughter