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First Presbyterian Church following the service
300 North Cherry Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Friday, Oct 30, 2015

Service information
First Presbyterian Church
300 North Cherry Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Friday, Oct 30, 2015
4 p.m.

Bertram David Lantz
Nov 30, 1939 - Oct 21, 2015
Forsyth County
Bertram David Lantz, 75, of Pfafftown, North Carolina, passed away at his home on October 21, 2015 surrounded by family, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. He was born on November 30, 1939, to Eric and Viola Lantz in Jamestown, New York. After graduating from Jamestown High School in 1957, Bert attended Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania where he met his wife, Peggy. Bert and Peggy moved to Newington, Connecticut after graduation and he worked at Connecticut General Life Insurance Company as an underwriter from 1961-1965. He then joined Clark Brothers Bolt Company as a purchasing agent and eventually progressed to vice president. He left Clark Brothers after 31 years and started his own company selling engineered components to the trade. During his time in Connecticut, he served as the assistant treasurer of the Congregational Church and as a little league coach for many years. Bert was also an active member in the New Britain Hunting and Fishing Club where he served as president. He retired in 2002, at which time he had the special opportunity to work with and guide his son, Eric, in his growing landscape company. Bert and Peggy moved to North Carolina in 2006, where he enjoyed pursuing his various interests. He completed the Master Gardener’s Program, volunteered at the Arboretum and served on the Landscape Committee at First Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem. He loved pulling for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, spending time with his family, fixing clocks for customers and friends, learning Swedish, playing golf with his friends at Maple Chase, volunteering at the Food Bank, volunteering at Crisis Control, and singing in the church choir.
Bert was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Jack. He is survived by his wife of over 53 years, Peggy; sister and brother-in-law, Beverly and Gus Lefebvre; sister-in-law, Muriel Hasely; daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Rich Messenkopf; daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Jonathan Ward; son, Eric Lantz; and 8 grandchildren: Adam and Leah Messenkopf, Michael, Erin, Lindsey, Jenna, Andrew and Zachary Ward.
Bert loved to serve and sought out opportunities to help those in need. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. A memorial service in his honor will be held at First Presbyterian Church on Friday, October 30, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. The family will receive friends following the service in the church fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church (300 North Cherry Street Winston-Salem, NC 27101), Crisis Control (200 East 10th Street Winston-Salem, NC 27101) or Friends of the Arboretum (1450 Fairchild Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27105).
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to Dr. Bret Borchelt, Dr. Heather Schearer, Dr. Jeff Petty, Scarlett Hutchens, and Stokes Team Hospice for the exceptional care he received while battling cancer. Online condolences may be offered at www.salemfh.com
Your legacy of wisdom, integrity and courage will forever remain in our hearts. We’ll miss you, Dad.
Susan Bottaro Adams
Dear Peggy & Family We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Bert. My Mom and I would like to extend our condolences. Growing up on Saddle Hill I have memories of Bert as a great neighbor, and having a wonderful family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers, Susan Adams and Mary Bottaro
Gary Lee
Dear Peggy and family, My heartfelt sympathies in the loss of Bert, he certainly has been a great friend and brother at lodge here. Bert will be in our heart and on our minds and his memory cherished by all who were blessed to have him in our lives. I will let the folks at the Vulcan Co, Porter, Maine, know of his passing. With my deep and sympathetic love, Gary
Jack &Bette -Ann Fay
We were saddened to hear of Bert's passing . Please accept our condolences and prayers for him and the family . We can take solace in found memories in the old neighborhood . Love , Bette-Ann and Jack .B
Maynard and Sharon Freeman
Peggy and family, We were sadden to hear of Bert's death. He was a wonderful person and friend as we are sure a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. May the fond memories you have of him be remembered and enjoyed among you as a family and passed along to future generations. Fondly, Maynard and Sharon
Dick Allen
Dear Peggy, Although my wife and I are away from our residence in Jamestown untill mid November we receive our local news paper via computer. While I knew after seeing Gus this summer at a plaza of Bert's illness and battle with lung cancer, I am very saddened reading about his passing. Bert and I were very close friends during high school and did many things together. Gus informed me that several years ago that you had moved to Winston Salem. While on vacation to Myrtle Beach for the winter months, we usually stop at my brothers house in Clemmons. I made contact with Bert and we met at a local sports bar. We had a great time over a few beers reminicing all of our good times in high school. Althoug he may have been ill I'm very sorry that I did't maintain contact. Please accept my condolences to you and your family. Warmest regards, Dick Allen
Frank and Diane Gilchrest
Dear Peggy and family, We are saddened to hear of the loss of Bert. We extend our heartfelt condolences, and will continue to keep you all in our prayers. With Much Love - Frank and Diane
LaVerne Bryant
I was so sorry to read in the paper this morning of Bert's passing. My sympathy to you Peggy and to Peggy and Cindy and their families Bert was a pleasure to know and always so kind to everyone. LaVerne
Ted Hubbard
It has been my great pleasure to have known Bert the last few years. We had a lot of fun playing golf and at various other activities from time to time. Bert always maintained a great outlook and was just a good person to be around. He was a good friend and I will miss him. I am a better person for having known him. I would like to express my condolences and best wishes to Peggy and the rest of his family.


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