Mt. Pulaski mourns the loss of 'a teacher'
March 4, 2013 By Phil Bertoni, Services were held in Mount Pulaski on Saturday morning for Alberta Edna Reiterman, 70, in a standing-room-only Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Weber of Mt. Pulaski Frist Christian Church officiating.
Alberta pictured in her high school yearbook
Alberta was tragically involved in a one-car accident on Rte. 54 near Cornland during an early-morning drive to Springfield's Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport for a flight to visit a friend in Florida.
Alberta had taught Sunday school at the Mt. Pulaski First Christian church for over 20 years in addition to her 35-plus years as a full-time elementary school teacher in nearby Lincoln. One mother came with her two youngest children and sadly but thankfully recalled how Alberta had taught Sunday school for each of her seven children. Pastor Weber alluded to several passages in the Bible where the rearing and education of children are espoused, remarking that Alberta would have been exceedingly happy to have revealed hundreds more such Biblical passages for us.
Attendees were asked to stand and give a short testimonial to Alberta - whereby two from the Dewitt-Logan County Retired Teachers Association tearfully did so, as did others. "Dedication", "humbleness", "up-lifting", "hard-working", "sweet", "cheerful" and "always in Christ" were but several epitaphs assigned to Alberta by Pastor Weber and others.
Many classmates from her 1960 Mt. Pulaski High School graduation class walked together through the visitation line. Alberta appeared beautifully in her open-casket presentation, with her twin brother Albert and his wife there to receive and comfort friends who came to say goodbye.