Bertilla “Bert” Alma Mullenbach

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Saturday, October 25, 1913
Date of Death:
Sunday, November 1, 2020
107 years old


Location: Calvary Cemetery [ view map ]


A private Mass will be held for immediate family members only. However, please join us live on Facebook at: Macken Funeral Home, River Park Chapel page at 10:30AM, Saturday, November 7, 2020.

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Saturday, October 25, 1913
Date of Death:
Sunday, November 1, 2020
107 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Saturday, October 25, 1913
Date of Death:
Sunday, November 1, 2020
107 years old

Bertilla “Bert” Alma Mullenbach

Bertilla Alma Mullenbach, 107 of Rochester, died peacefully on November 1, 2020 at Madonna Towers Skilled Nursing.

Bertilla Halbach was born on October 25, 1913 in Stacyville, IA to Nicholas and Rose (Brumm) Halbach. On June 4, 1936, she married Irvin Mullenbach. Together, they made Rochester their home.

Bert was active in many groups and volunteer programs. She was a longstanding member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and managed the St. Francis School Lunch Program, including church dinners and bazaars. She was also a member of St. Mary’s Auxiliary and St. Jude’s Church Group. Over the years, she visited many shut-ins and hospital patients. She was a member of the Senior Citizens Club, bowling team, and assisted with rummage sales, ice cream socials, and chicken dinners. She was proud to have assisted Sister Lauren with her rummage sales to support the Poverello Foundation for 40 years. She also enjoyed traveling, fishing, boating, and outings with friends and family at their cabin on the Mississippi River. She especially loved being with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Bert is survived by her sons Eugene (Rachel) Mullenbach of Rochester, Gerald (Judith) Mullenbach of Hugo, MN, daughter Joan Hass of Ithica, NY, thirteen grandchildren, twenty-eight great-grandchildren, and sixteen great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband (1976), four brothers, three sisters, and son-in-law Jerome Hass.

Bert wished to thank Madonna Towers and Mayo Hospice for their unending care and support while she resided there.

Due to the pandemic, and restrictions on gatherings, the funeral Mass will be private for immediate family members only, but will be live-streamed on Saturday, November 7, 2020 starting at 10:30AM on the Facebook page: Macken Funeral Home, River Park Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Madonna Towers, Mayo Hospice, or a charity of your choice in Bertilla’s name.

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The family of Bertilla “Bert” Alma Mullenbach has received the following condolences.

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.  Bert was a treasured icon who will be missed by many staff and resident friends.  She was witty, lovable, and a positive ray of sunshine to so many.  Thank you for sharing Bert with us at Madonna Towers/Madonna Living Community/Benedictine Living.

Sandy Molenda; MLC Foundation

I am sorry for the loss of your loved one.

I remember her as the lunch lady at St. Francis School.

My mother, Angie Peterson, was also a lunch lady at that time.

My brother liked Bert because he remembers her as a nice lady who did not make him take the Lima beans. LOL

Her husband came to our house once as Santa Clause when we were kids.


Gene and Rachel, Jerry and Judy, and Joan

Know that you have been in my thoughts and prayers all these days and months as your mother came closer to death. What a woman she was! Life will be so different for you without her here, but I know her spirit will be right in your midst. Take care of yourselves. Peace and all good to you as your mother now enjoys forever her eternal life. Sr.Camilla

Bert was a wonderful lady who raised a wonderful family.  Enjoyed being with her here at Madonna Towers.  I remember seeing her

take her motorcycle ride.  She will be missed, but know she is much happier where she is now. 

With sympathy,

Bob and Patty Haggerty 

She was quite a gal and I loved her.   I will miss writing her notes to keep her informed as to what is going on in Lansing NY.

Dear Bert and family, 

thank you so much for being such a wonderful friend to my mother, Loretta. I will always remember the many wonderful times and meals we shared at Madonna Towers. 

love, Dave Plevak (and Loretta also, ...........of course). 

Keeping you close in heart and prayer.  Love Patt

Bert was indeed a special person and always a delight to spend time with.  She would brighten up our office and make everyone feel special.  She always thought of others and wanted to know how you were doing.  Our prayers go out to your family in the time of loss and healing.  I'm sure God has a special Harley in Heaven--just for Bert.

Our sincerest sympathies to the whole family.  You're in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Much love, 

Joan, Jerry, and Gene

The passing of your Mother brings a heavy heart to you; and my sympathy is with you.

Your mother was a strong woman, who enjoyed life to her fullest.


John Coleman

My sympathy to all of Aunt Bert's family. What a blessing to live such a long & productive life. She was an inspiration to all of us. But it is so like her to leave us laughing about something. Specifically, I refer to the many times over the years that she made us rehearse "Heart of Jesus" so that we could sing it at her funeral - and now we can't even be there. But at least she got to hear the song multiple times.

May you find comfort in all your wonderful memories of her.

Dearest Godmother and Mrs. Santa:

Thank you for making my childhood magical.

Blessings to the Mullenbach family.  My heart is with you.

Mary Kay Lindberg Peterson

God's peace to the family of Bert.  I'm very blessed to have known this wonderful lady.  She was a joy to have conversation with.  May God hold you close, comfort you gently, and carry you through. Remembering you in my prayers.  


Kari Kiehne


My Dear Friends of Bert's Family,

What a beautiful and delightful woman your Mom, Grandmother, Great & Great-Greatmother was!  I was so fortunate to know her over her last 30+ years.

She had an amazing memory, and she told stories of the years at their cabin on the Mississippi and the early days of helping with Sister Lauren's sales.  She will

long be fondly remembered by so many of us!

My sympathy and love,


My thoughts and prayers to all of Bert’s family! I have no doubt her spirit of generosity, love for life and strong faith lives on within each of you. It was a gift that our paths crossed at Madonna Towers. Peace to your hearts !

This woman was an absolute treasure! I loved Bert so much and consider it one of my greatest honors to have been acquainted with her for the last few years at Madonna Towers. Many HUGS to Gene and Rachel and all of Bert's family. Thank you so much for sharing her with me!! 

I remember Mrs Mullenback from St Francis where I went to grade school and also from the neighborhood - we lived on 14th Ave

Sorry for you loss.