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Thomas P. Berch

January 27, 1934 ~ February 8, 2024 (age 90) 90 Years Old

Thomas Berch Obituary



Thomas P. Berch, 90, of West Newton, PA, passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2024 at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, PA. He was born January 27, 1934 in Donora, PA. Son of the late Josephine (Ratkiewics) Berch. He graduated from Rostraver High School Class, and then went on to serve in the U.S. Army. He was a 12-year member of West Newton United Presbyterian Church.  As well as, belonging to a motorcycle club and car club. He was a hard worker and began work at the young age of 14 on a local farm while attending school. Tom was self-employed as a construction worker for Local 66. And owned a mobile home park and trucking company through his lifetime. He enjoyed planting a yearly vegetable garden, eating cookies and milk and butter pecan ice cream. Tom loved to work with his hands and created beautiful woodworking, including a wooden nativity to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. He enjoyed listening to classical music, roller skating and ballroom dancing. Tom was a self-made man. He went through adversity and came out a very loving and kind man. He was very driven and never left anything unfinished. And what you saw was what you got with Tom. He is preceded in death by both parents; wife, Ruth (Ackerman) Berch and brothers, Edward Berch and William Birch. He is survived by his loving wife of 16 years, Sandra (Nellson) Berch of West Newton, PA; son, Bryan T. (Shirley) Berch of West Newton, PA; step-daughter, Christa (Alfred) Spina of Mead, CO; special granddaughter, Trinity; step-grandchildren, Olivia Foster, Rachel Donlan, Luke Halvorsen, Avery Halvorsen and Noah Halvorsen; special grandson, Zachary Berch; step-great-granddaugter, Madelynn Donlan; step-great-great granddaughter, Everlee Donlan and loving companions, Jasmine and Spencer. Friends will be received from 4 – 7 pm on Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at the Beatty-Rich Funeral Home, Inc. Rt 136 Madison, PA 15663 – Ronald A. Rich Jr., Supervisor/FD. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at the West Newton United Presbyterian Church, 300 E Main St, West Newton, PA 15089 with Pastor John Manon officiating and full Military Honors with the Armbrust Veterans accorded. Interment will follow at the Westmoreland Memorial Park Cemetery in Greensburg, PA.



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February 14, 2024

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Beatty-Rich Funeral Home, Inc.
106 Main Street
Madison, PA 15663

Funeral Service
February 15, 2024

11:00 AM
West Newton United Presbyterian
S 4th St & Main St, 300 E Main St
West Newton, PA 15089

Military Honors
February 15, 2024

11:30 AM
West Newton United Presbyterian
S 4th St & Main St, 300 E Main St
West Newton, PA 15089

Interment following funeral service
February 15, 2024

Westmoreland Memorial Park Cemetery, Greensburg, PA


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