Helen Louise Vertz, 87, of Pittsburg, passed away at 4:25 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at her home. She was born May 5, 1925 at Galena, Kansas, the daughter of John Bert and Jesse (Sweetland) Newberry. She graduated from Joplin High School in 1943. On August 19, 1946, she was united in marriage to Paul E. Vertz at Columbus, Kansas. He preceded her in death on May 24, 1980. Mrs. Vertz worked for Fogarty News for 12 years, and then Ramsey’s Department Store. In 2005, she retired after working for 13 years at Wal-Mart as a greeter. Mrs. Vertz was a member of St. John Lutheran Church since 1954, PTA, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and 4-H during her children’s childhood. She also helped with Meals on Wheels, Martha’s Circle, Wesley House, Mother to Mother Ministry, Via Christi Auxiliary. She was a Sunday school teacher, sang in the St. John Choir, Sweet Adelines and helped with Vacation Bible School. Survivors include her children, Gerald Vertz and his wife, Nancy of Austin, TX, Betty Harrison and her husband, John of Pittsburg and Dick Vertz and his wife Joy of Fayetteville, AR; a brother, John Newberry of Joplin, MO; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Weed of Pittsburg, Chris Hardin, Michael Vertz, and Wes Vertz, all of Austin, TX, Cooper Vertz of Omaha, NE, Paula Dron of England, and Caleb Vertz of Fayetteville, AR; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Paul, and a grandson, Gabriel Vertz, four sisters and four brothers. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday (June 11) at the St. John Lutheran Church with Pastor Tom Wehrman officiating. Burial will follow in the Highland Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday at the Brenner Mortuary, where friends may call after 10 a.m. Sunday. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to St. John Lutheran Church or Angels Among Us. These may be left at or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary, 114 East 4th Street, Pittsburg, Kansas 66762. Friends may also leave condolences online at www.brennermortuary.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, Kansas.