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Bertha "Bertie" Mae Cave Dyer

Bertha “Bertie” Mae Cave Dyer, 97, died peacefully at Westlake Woods Assisted Living in Erie, Pennsylvania on September 29, 2018.

She was born in Orange County, Virginia to the late James  B. and Mae Cave.  On April 12, 1941, she married James C. Dyer.  The two briefly lived in Potomac, Virginia, while James was serving as a yeoman in the U.S. Navy.  Once World War II was declared, the couple returned to James’ hometown, Newport News, Virginia, and adopted two children.  

Bertie worked briefly with Selective Service and then joined her husband at J.C. Dyer & Company, housing neoprene synthetic rubber for E.I. Dupont de Nemours.

They enjoyed a great 48 years of marriage living a generative life of volunteering and caring for family and friends.   They were both very active members of Riverside Hospital auxiliary.  She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and Warwick Chapter No. 43 of the Eastern Star.

Her favorite pastime was in-shore and deep sea fishing with James and family on their boat.  She also liked traveling to Daytona Beach and Emerald Isle among other places. 

Following James’ death in 1989, Bertie joined her daughter at Eastport Customs Brokers, Inc. and often volunteered at the Mariners’ Museum. 

In addition to her husband, James, she was preceded in death by her brothers James and William Cave, her sister, Virginia Worster, and daughter Linda Jennings.  She is survived by her son, James Morse Dyer of Pheonix, Arizona, and grandchildren, Kimberly Mascia and Alex Dyer. 

A private service will be held at Peninsula Memorial Funeral Home in Newport News, Virginia.

Family would like to extend a very special thank you to Westlake Woods Assisted Living, especially Susan, Joan, Ann, and other staff who provided a warm home for Bertie in Erie. We also appreciate the support provided by Hospice of Metropolitan Erie.