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Thomas Bertetti

Obituary for Thomas Bertetti

July 10, 1933 - July 8, 2017
San Antonio, Texas | Age 83


Thomas Bertetti passed away suddenly on July 8, 2017, just two days prior to his 84th birthday. Tom was born and raised in San Antonio, and is preceded in death by his parents, Hipolito T. and Consuelo G. Bertetti. Tom was a devoted, generous and loving husband, father, and "Papa". He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carolyn S. Bertetti; son, F. Paul Bertetti (Jennifer Wallace); daughters, Linda M. Ackerman (Don) and Michelle M. Langan (John); and grandchildren, Andrew Ackerman, Natalie and Rachel Langan, and Daniel Bertetti.

Tom graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1952. He joined the U.S. Army in 1955, spending most of his time stationed in Panama, a source of intriguing stories for many years to come. Following military service, Tom worked as a bookkeeper for Melton Provision Co. before joining the U.S. Post Office in 1964, where he progressed to Station Manager over the course of his career. Known for his firm but fair approach, he managed several stations in the San Antonio area, including the Alamo Heights, Laurel Heights, and Valley High stations. Upon his retirement in 1992, Tom was station manager at the Lockhill Station, where he oversaw the opening of one of the first automated mail sorting centers in San Antonio. Always interested in accounting, Tom spent the first 15 years of his "retirement" working part-time as a tax-preparer for H&R Block, where he enjoyed the one-on-one interactions with his many customers.

In 1959, Tommy, as he was known to Carolyn, met the person who would be his best friend and loyal partner for life. He and Carolyn were married the following year in a double wedding with one of her sisters.

One of Tom's great joys was his love of camping with Carolyn and the kids. From the early days of pitching the tent at Nueces County Park beach to setting up the travel trailer at one of Tom's favorite area State Parks, he relished the relaxing sights and sounds of nature and the crackling of the evening campfire.

Most notably, however, Tom loved spending time with family. He enjoyed nothing more than the frequent gatherings of kids, grandkids and extended family at his home. A favorite pastime of his during these visits included lobbing ridiculously biased declaratives into the conversation to stimulate the discussion. Tom cherished those animated discussions.

Despite the crises at hand, Tom never failed to give support and reassurance to those he loved. His loyalty, integrity, and good-hearted character will be remembered fondly by all those who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, Tom's family asks that you consider a donation to a charity of your choice.

Visitation with family and friends will be held Wednesday, July 19, at 6:00 pm at Porter Loring North.

Burial at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery will be conducted at a later date.

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San Antonio, TX 78232
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