Bertha Irene Crews

March 4, 1934 - January 12, 2021
Bertha Irene Crews

Bertha Irene “Bert” Crews, 86 of Wellsville, OH passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at Brookdale Salem following a lengthy illness.

Bert was born in Wellsville on March 4, 1934, the daughter of the late Charles Grindle and Anna Lucella McFall Grindle.  She was a graduate of Wellsville High School Class of 1951.

Bert married the love of her life, James W “Jim” Crews on February 7, 1953.  In 1959, Jim and Bert established Crews Home Improvements.  Bert was an active member of Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville and later a member of Sacred Heart Church.  Over the years, Bert belonged to several clubs such as: Arts Club, Town and Country Card Club, and Bunco Club.

Left behind to cherish her memory are: her loving husband of 67 years and 11 months, Jim Crews; her five children: James W “Jim” (Kathie) Crews II, Chuck (Karen) Crews, Brenda (Paul) Kish, Amy (Jim) Brown, and Mike (Shawna) Crews.  Bert also leaves behind 10 grandchildren: Kristie Crews (Troy) Swafford, Jessica Crews Beaver, Andrew Crews, Ashley Crews, Michael (Sarah) Brown, Nathan (Kate) Kish, Hannah Crews (Justin) Boley, Scott (Marissa) Brown, Daniel (Katie) Kish, and Haley Crews; four great-grandchildren: Elena, Adalynn, Samuel, and Levi.  She also leaves behind her special friends Ron and Nancy Dailey as well as many nieces and nephews.

Along with her parents, Bert was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Kathie, and her three sisters:  Marilyn Swearingen, Loretta Kiddey, and Charla Mouse.

The Crews family would like to extend a special thank you to the caring staff at Brookdale and Community Hospice, as well as Bert’s “Special Angel” Beth Myers.

No visitation or services will be observed at this time.  Donations in memory of Bert can be made to: Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Ave SW, New Philadelphia, OH  44663.

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  • January 14, 2021
    Brenda Fraley Rose says:
    Deepest sympathy to Bert’s entire family. She was like a second mother to me as I spent much of my youth at the Crews family home. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her and I’m proud and pleased to be part of their extended family. God Bless you all! Prayers for peace and comfort. With love “Fraley”

  • January 14, 2021
    Kelli Pastore says:
    Sending my condolences to the entire Crews family. Bert was a special woman whom I am fortunate to have been able to call my godmother. It saddens me to hear this news, but I am happy to know my dad is now in good company. Thoughts and prayers to you all.

  • January 15, 2021
    Lou Ann baker says:
    My heart aches for Jim and family. I know the family was very close. Bert was a special person, caring, loving and life of the party. Always made you feel welcome. To the entire family, I would like to offer a quote from Rabbi Earl Grollman: "Remember, Grief is not a disorder, disease or sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical and spiritual necessity. THE PRICE YOU PAY FOR LOVE, The only cure for grief is to grieve." As someone who lost the love of her life two years ago, my prayers and love to the entire family.

  • January 15, 2021
    Louise Chirico says:
    May memories of life and of happiness shared sustain and comfort you. May God grant you His great gift of peace. My condolencesto Jim and all the family. God be with you.

  • January 16, 2021
    Tom & Carol Minor says:
    Our heartfelt sympathy to the family. Bert was a wonderful woman,wife,mother,grandmother and friend. She will be dearly missed by all. Cherish the memories. Thoughts and prayers for the family.