Ilene Bertram

Ilene Bertram, 98, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022, at Glens Falls Hospital after a short illness.

Born on March 31, 1924, in Fair Haven, Vermont, she was the daughter of Robert and Ellen (Williams) Whitcomb.

Ilene graduated from Fair Haven High School in 1942. She married Frank Bertram in 1943, and they were one of three permanent residents on Lake St. Catherine in Wells, Vermont for many years.

They built and managed Bert’s Nest Cottages and were co-owners of Whitcomb Plumbing and Heating in Fair Haven and Poultney, Vermont.

Ilene was a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She worked at several part-time jobs while raising her children. She volunteered in her community and at local nursing homes and delivered Meals on Wheels to rural Vermont residents.

She was predeceased by her husband of 72 years, Frank Bertram, her parents Robert and Ellen Whitcomb and her brother Frank Whitcomb.

Ilene is survived by her sister Margaret King of Rutland, Vermont, her son Robert (and Mary) Bertram of Springvale, Maine, her daughter Susan (and Frank) Pastizzo of Elizabethtown, New York, her grandchildren Stacey (Chris) Dudley of Limerick, Maine, Amy (Dusit) Roongsang of Snoqualmie, Washington, Natasha Hill of Massena, New York, and Jesse Billow of Eugene, Oregon. She also is survived by her great-grandchildren Loring and Graham Hill, Samantha Dudley, Violet and Cora Billow and Eleanor Roongsang, along with several nieces and nephews.

No public services are planned. The family will have a private service at a later date.

Those who wish to send a remembrance in Ilene’s name may do so at Tunnel to Towers at or Warren-Hamilton Community Action Food Pantry at

The family would like to send special thanks to the Glens Falls Hospital, The Landing at Queensbury and residents and many friends at Mallard’s Landing.

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