Bertram S Herbert 1948-2023

Bertram S Herbert, 75, Gettysburg, PA passed away on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at his home after a lengthy two(2) year decline of his illness.

Bertram S Herbert
Bertram S Herbert

He was born July 14, 1948, in White Plains, NY the son of the late Stanley Herbert and Ruth Green Herbert.

Bert is survived by his wife Janice Martenz Fahber.

Mr. Herbert graduated from Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, NY where he served as an altar boy and was awarded an Eagle Scout.

He studied anthropology at Fordham University under Margaret Meade and also was awarded a Master’s Degree in Anthropology at Fordham. Bert began his career as an archaeologist for the Allegheny National Forest in 1978.


He worked for Soil Systems located in Georgia testing ground sites around the United States, New York City, Puerto Rico and Guatemala. Soil Systems was contracted in 1982 by a builder in New York City to have the ground surveyed. After a deep 20 feet shovel/backhoe test, Bert found the remains of a 300 year old ship, called the “Princess Caroline.” With only three (3) weeks to complete the removal of the ship, Bert supervised 46 archaeologists to get the delicate job done. The full history is in the book, “The Ship That Held Up Wall Street.”

See YouTube Video here.

Bert joined the National Park System in 1988 as archaeologist and later moved to the Gettysburg National Military Park until his retirement in 2015.

Bert had charisma and everyone loved him.

In addition to his wife, Bert is survived by four step-children; Leah Fahber of Bridgeton, NJ, William Fahber, Jr. and his wife Catherine of Paris, France, Bruce Fahber of Spanaway, Washington, Brenda Shefftall and her husband Adam of Vineland, NJ, and 8 step-grandchildren which he loved dearly.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at 2 p.m. from Monahan Funeral Home in Gettysburg, PA.

There will be a viewing at the funeral home on Tuesday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

Interment will be in Overlook Cemetery, Bridgeton, NJ on Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2595Interstate Drive, Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

Online obituary and condolences available at the funeral home’s website.



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John O Freeman 1935-2023

Mr. Freeman served with the 101st Airborne where he was stationed in France for 2 ½ years. He enjoyed woodworking, splitting wood and carpentry.

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