Our beloved mother and grandmother Jeanne Bertoch Dalton passed away peacefully in her home October 27, 2022. Jeanne was a blessing to her family and all who knew her. Thanksgiving and gratitude were embedded in her life from the day she was born.
Jeanne’s birth was announced November 29, 1928, and heralded on the radio as the first baby born on Thanksgiving Day. She was the third and youngest child born to William Hemenway and Hazel Mae Coon Bertoch.
She is preceded in death and welcomed home by her parents, siblings Merilyn and Allen Keith Bertoch, and her eternal companion Dr. Antoine Adams Dalton (Tony). She is survived by her children, Michelle, Antoine Mark (Paula), Cherie, Yvonne (Bruce), and Matthew Paul (Cheryl), 15 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and 1 great, great granddaughter.
Jeanne was raised in Bacchas, Utah and spoke fondly of life in the little village near the Oquirrh Mountains and described her life there was like living in a fairytale village. She grew and advanced in the little 3 room schoolhouse and went on to develop many talents and skills. Education was important to Jeanne. As a nursing student she earned her cap at LDS Hospital commencement exercises after 18 months of intensive study. Upon suffering from allergies related to the soaps and chemicals she contacted during her clinical work, she decided to change her profession and went on to graduate from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and Home Economics.
She met Tony, the love of her life, while teaching at Parowan High School. A Parowan native, Tony was also a teacher at the local Elementary. They were married for time and all eternity on July 29, 1954, in the Manti, Utah Temple. After their marriage Jeanne continued to teach and put Tony through medical school. Money was tight, but they were happy, and Jeanne used her skills as a seamstress and home economist to stretch every penny and Tony achieved his dream of becoming an orthopedic surgeon. Their time together on this earth was cut short November 27, 1965, due to an airplane crash where Tony was killed.
Jeanne continued as best she could, staying home with the children as much as possible and taking on occasional jobs here and there. She moved her family to Bountiful in 1974 to be closer to her sister.
When the children were a little older, she worked as a nutrition aid through Utah State University and returned to the University of Utah in 1978 to recertify her education degree and became a favorite substitute teacher at several schools in Bountiful. She also worked part-time as a home economist for the State and then later obtained full-time work as an operator at Nordstrom, retiring in 1994.
Jeanne was gifted in her ability to do so many things. She was a lifelong learner. When she set out to do something she was meticulous and had an incredible eye for detail. She loved music, sewing, cooking, learning, golfing, and spending time with family.
Jeanne's main emphasis in life has always been her dedication to home and family and to service in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served many callings including teaching Gospel Doctrine and Sunday School with Tony, Primary, Young Women’s, Relief Society, and 14 years of service in the Bountiful Utah Temple. She is an amazing and accomplished woman, a faithful and cherished wife and mother who will be greatly missed. Thank you for your gentle nature and loving service. We will be forever grateful to have you as our mother. We love you mom!
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 5, 2022, at the Barton Creek Ward chapel, 640 South 750 East, Bountiful, Utah. A viewing will be held Friday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Russon Mortuary, 295 North Main, Bountiful, Utah and Saturday morning from 9:45-10:45 a.m. at the church prior to services. Interment- Holladay Memorial Park.
Services will be streamed live on the Russon Mortuary & Crematory Facebook page and on this obituary page. The live stream will begin about 10-15 minutes prior to the service and will be posted below.
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