She was born May 3, 1911, to Ben and Lurina (Sinkie) Thompson at their farm home one mile east of Gann Valley, S.D. In 1918, the family moved to a farm, which her parents had homesteaded, three miles northeast of Gann Valley.
Bertha attended grade school in Gann Valley and graduated from Gann Valley High School in 1928. She attended Yankton College in Yankton, S.D., and received her bachelor’s degree in 1931.
Bertha returned to Buffalo County where she taught in elementary school for six years.
On Nov. 21, 1936, Bertha married Carl Edward Krog, the newly-elected county treasurer of Buffalo County. They lived in Gann Valley for 10 years, during which time four children were born: Wanda, Karen, Donald and Roger.
In 1946, the family moved to a farm north of Gann Valley where they lived and farmed until 1994 when Bertha’s husband died.
Bertha moved to Powell in 1995 to be near her daughter, Karen. She was a life-long member of the First Congregational Church at Gann Valley, a 50-year member of Zephyr Chapter #157 of the Order of Eastern Star and a long-time member of Lady Helpers and Farmers’ Union.
Bertha is survived by her children, Wanda Smith of Fresno, Calif., Karen Hoffman of Powell, Donald Krog of Kailua, Hawaii and Roger Krog of Houston, Texas; daughter-in-law Mary; son-in-law Jerald Hoffman; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed; daughter-in-law, Dixie Krog; her parents; and her two sisters, Lettie Rawson and Edna Baker and their husbands.
Funeral services were held Monday at Thompson Funeral Home with the Alcyone Chapter # 27 performing the service.
Services will also be held at the Gann Valley Congregational Church in Gann Valley, S.D., on Thursday, May 20. Burial will be in the Spring Hill Cemetery in Gann Valley.
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