James Bertolino, 88 of Nokomis passed away at his home Saturday morning August 28th just 2 miles from where he was born on March 5, 1933 to Louis and Cleda (Brown) Bertolino in rural Witt. Jim is survived by his beautiful wife Mary Lou (DeWerff) were married October 22, 1955. This union by the blessing from God gave them 6 children: Joan (Randy) Meyer, Jane (Jo Huber) Bertolino, Julie (John) Quintin, Mark (Tammy) Bertolino, Jill (Jeff Miles) Fasig and Jenelle Bertolino. Jim was very proud of his 17 grandchildren: Chad Ruppert, Beth Dorsey, Norann Ruppert, Jordan Ruppert, Nick Quintin, Emma Quintin, Rory Quintin, Aaron Bertolino, Adam Bertolino, Andrew Bertolino, Anna Murphy, Austin Bertolino, Jonica Stark, Joe Fasig, Jenna Fasig, Allie Ishmael and Hannah Ishmael. There are 36 great grandchildren. Jim has two sisters Elizabeth Snow and Catherine Snow both of Texas.
Jim graduated from Nokomis High School where he exhibited his leadership skills serving as class president and presidents of five other organizations. Following high school, he did some agricultural course work at the U of I. Jim spent 2 years in the army at Fort Knox. Jim, a devout catholic served as lector and Euchatrist minister for many years. He was the lay director for three Koinonias and served on the committee to build the St. Louis Parish Center. Jim was a member of the Knights of Columbus since he was 18, a member of the Farm Bureau, Nokomis Jaycees and the American Legion. He served nine and half years on the Nokomis Unit 22 School Board and three years as the secretary of the board.
Jim was the president of the Nokomis Mutual Insurance Company for 16 years and served as an agent for 50 years. He enjoyed every minute of it. Jim valued all of his policy holders and was very thankful for this career and his clients.
Jim and Mary Lou enjoyed camping with their friends and family for over 25 years. He has always enjoyed a good game of cards and dominoes. His most favorite pastime was watching his grandkids and great-grandkids play sports, showing their livestock at fairs and dance recital, among many other activities. Family has always been his pride and joy. Jim will be remembered by his kind and gentle soul. Chicago Cubs and Brooklyn Dodgers were the teams he followed consistently. Jim's luck number was 17.
Visitation will be held on Monday, August 30, 2021 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Nokomis, IL. Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Nokomis with Father John Burnette and Father Richard Chiola cocelebrating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Nokomis, IL.
Memorials may be made to St. Louis Catholic Church or St. Louis Catholic School
Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis is assisting the family with arrangements.