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Friday, 11 June 2021 16:42

Mattie El Winston Bersch

Mattie El Winston Bersch passed away on June 10, 2021. She was born in Campbell County, Virginia, on August 3, 1923.

She was the daughter of George and Maude Garbee Winston. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in her death by her husband, Russell Bersch, and 11 of her 12 siblings. She is survived by her four children Jim Bersch (Susan), Kathryn Johnson, Winston Bersch (Jill), Ray Bersch (Neeley), six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She earned a Masters in Education from the University of Virginia, and was active in the Timberlake United Methodist Church. She worked over 30 years in education at Brookville High school in Lynchburg, VA. She was the National Vice President for the Daughters of the American Colonists. Upon moving to Lake Gaston in 1986, she was active at Olive Branch United Methodist Church and the Lake Gaston Ladies Club. She loved to travel and visited 49 of the 50 states in the US, went to New Zealand and fulfilled a dream of visiting the Panama Canal. She was an amazing wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, aunt, neighbor, friend, and she will be dearly missed. A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 13, 2021 at the Lake Gaston Lions Club. Donations in her memory may be sent to: Olive Branch United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund,4141 Gasburg Road, Gasburg, VA 23857. Letters of Condolence may be sent to: The family of Mattie, c/o Jim and Susan Bersch, 359 Pinewood Acres Road, Henrico, NC 27842. Condolences may be expressed at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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  • Comment Link Paige Winebarger Wednesday, 16 June 2021 22:19 posted by Paige Winebarger

    Mattie Bersch was an excellent teacher. She strongly influenced me into attending college in 1964 which opened up new worlds and opportunities for me. I graduated Longwood College in 1968; worked in banking for nine years and then graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1980. I retired 20 years ago from practicing law. I have always been so grateful for the guidance Mrs. Bersch gave me. I have written to her through the years at different points in my career (e.g. when I was accepted in Law School in 1977; when I was admitted to the Bars of Virginia, and then Minnesota, in 1980 and 1982) to let her know how she was such an important person to me. I am so thankful she was my teacher, mentor, and friend. Paige Winebarger, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Comment Link Sandy Ingram Mann Monday, 14 June 2021 09:14 posted by Sandy Ingram Mann

    I was one of her students at Brookville High School. I learned so much in her class! One of my best teachers ever.

  • Comment Link Sharon Mattox Sunday, 13 June 2021 23:30 posted by Sharon Mattox

    Mrs. Mattie was loved by all who knew her. She was such an inspiration and truly lived her faith. Being a Longwwod graduate myself, I always enjoyed her stories of being in school there during the war. We will miss her so much at Olive Branch UMC, but we know she is eternally fine and dandy!

  • Comment Link GAYLE Clary Sunday, 13 June 2021 17:27 posted by GAYLE Clary

    Mattie was a special lady and a true "Christian ". We were so fortunate to have known her and experienced her love of family and friends. Gayle and Tommy Clary

  • Comment Link Clinton  Priscilla Vincent Sunday, 13 June 2021 14:56 posted by Clinton Priscilla Vincent

    We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the Bersch Family in the loss of their wonderful mother.
    May God continue to bless each of you.

  • Comment Link Laura Daniel Bryson Sunday, 13 June 2021 01:07 posted by Laura Daniel Bryson

    Aunt Mattie was truly The Best. She had a positive influence on so many lives, including ours. How fortunate and fun it was for us to have her for a Great Aunt and Great-Great Aunt (with emphasis on the “Greats”)! We will cherish the memories of times spent with her always. Love to all the family. Laura, Mike, Lily, and Esmé Bryson

  • Comment Link Carol Covey Temple Saturday, 12 June 2021 20:20 posted by Carol Covey Temple

    Mattie was one of a kind. I had never heard anyone refer to another person as "precious" until I met Mattie. I believe she was the true "precious". She will be missed by all who crossed paths with her in life's journey. She was loved. Carol Temple

  • Comment Link Sharon Hogge Saturday, 12 June 2021 08:00 posted by Sharon Hogge

    Aunt Mattie was a wonderful person and role model. She will be missed.