Bertha G. (Villon) Beltran, of Belmont, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on December 1, 2023. She was 77.
Born on December 18, 1945 in Mancos, Perú she was the daughter of the late Arturo and Serafina (Vergara) Villon. She was raised and educated in Perú, receiving her bachelor’s degree before starting her career in teaching. In 1973, she married the love of her life, Manuel A. Beltran.
Bertha dedicated many years to teaching high school students while also raising her family. In 1990, the family immigrated to the United States where she continued teaching, transitioning to early childhood education. Even outside of formal education settings, Bertha never stopped teaching; guiding and nurturing young minds was a gift she bestowed upon her children and grandchildren. She had a special talent for showing others the right way to do things and explaining why they should be done that way; her gift of teaching was invaluable and cherished by her family.
Above all else, Bertha cherished time spent with her family, particularly during gatherings and parties where her vibrant personality made her the life of every celebration. She had an infectious energy that got everyone singing and dancing along with her. She possessed a genuine love for meeting new people wherever she went. Bertha also had a green thumb which she viewed as both a hobby and a necessity; she understood the power of nature and fresh food in nourishing herself and her loved ones. Furthermore, she enjoyed collecting small miniature trinkets as decorations and also useful items like furniture that she would store away, knowing that one day she could pass them on to another family in need. Her boundless energy, thoughtfulness towards others, and enlightening teachings will forever be remembered by those who knew and loved her.
In addition to her husband Manuel she leaves her children, Fernando Beltran and his wife Shanna of Folsom, California, Roberto Beltran and his wife Ana of Burlington, Christian Beltran and his wife Amy of Watertown, and Arturo Beltran of Belmont; her grandchildren, Jovani, Rachel, Rafael, Alonzo and Luciano; her siblings, Lincoln, Ricardo, Celia, Arturo, Maria Elena, Nerida, Javier, and many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will honor and remember Bertha's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Tuesday, December 5th from 4 to 7 p.m. and again on Wednesday morning where her Funeral Service will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial is private.