Mary Bertolero Sandermann died peacefully on Aug. 4 at the age of 97.
Mary was born on June 4, 1924 in Deadwood, South Dakota, the only daughter of Fern (Wasem) and John Bertolero. She spent her childhood in South Dakota and high school years in Chicago, but 70 years of her life were here in Coronado where she lived with her husband Fritz, a Coronado boy, whom she met while they were both students at Stanford University.
It was a full life for her in Coronado, characterized by a deep commitment to the city she called home. Her greatest contribution was to the Coronado Hospital where she began service as a pink lady with the Auxiliary and ultimately served as the chair of the Hospital Board, serving briefly as the hospital administrator when the hospital merged with the Sharp Hospital system. She also served for many years as the chair or co-chair of the annual Hospital ball, an event she helped start and deeply loved
Friends and associates will always remember her commitment to excellence and dedication to organization and preparation. The list of awards she received for her service is long and includes Citizen of the Year in Coronado, Woman of Distinction in San Diego, and President, State of California Hospital Auxiliaries.
She will be remembered by her family for her enduring sense of style and charisma.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband Fritz and is survived by her daughters, Sally (Burris) and Susan (Savage); six grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.
A memorial service for Mary will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Coronado Hospital Foundation.