Mary Gutekunst Bertocci Was Church Organist

Mary F. Gutekunst Bertocci of Norway, Me. died Monday, Dec. 20 at Windemere Nursing Home where she had been a resident since February of this year. She was 90.

She was the daughter of James and Edith (Tweedie) Freeman and was born in Norton on April 19, 1914.

She lived in Norton and graduated from Wheaton College. She met her husband, George Gutekunst at the Garrett Theology Seminary School at Northwestern University and they married in 1942. They had three sons that traveled with them while George was a Methodist minister with charges in Minnesota, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. Mary was a nursery school teacher in between the moving. Her husband, George died in 1976.

In 1981 she married Angelo Bertocci and lived in Wolcott, Vt. with him until the time of his death in 2001 and then moved to Norway.

She was fond of music and played the piano and organ and was the organist for churches in Vermont and Maine for over a twenty-year period.

She is survived by her three sons, Stephen Gutekunst of Oak Bluffs, James Gutekunst and Philip Gutekunst both of Norway; and three grandchildren, Jason, Kate and Rachel Gutekunst.

Her memorial service will be held in the Deering Memorial United Methodist Church at Main and Church street in South Paris, Me. on Saturday, Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. Donations may be made in her memory to the church. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs. Visit for online guest book and information.