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Bertha Thigpen Pauli, age 91, of Metairie, passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Bertha was born in Covington on February 4, 1923. She was married to Peter G. Pauli on December 25, 1949 and was married for 39 years. Bertha and her late husband Pete owned Pauli's Bicycle. She enjoyed bowling, Mardi Gras activities with Pete and Sunday outings with her friends. She was also actively involved in volunteering at East Jefferson General Hospital. She is survived by her son, James Rockenschuh (Helen), her daughter, Sandra Gulley (Robert); 5 grandchildren, Melanie Rockenschuh Tower (Richard), Rocky Rockenschuh (TJ), Jennifer Gulley LeBoeuf (Christian), Robin Gulley Reed (Michael), and Eric Gulley; 7 great grandchildren, Peyton Tower, Dawson Tower, Weston "Bam" Tower, Brenton Tower, Fenley Rockenschuh, Ricki-Lyn Rockenschuh and Zoe LeBoeuf. She is the sister-in-law of Laura Pauli Dicharry, Esther Pauli Lacoste, Edwin and Marion Pauli, William "Sonny" Pauli, and Jack and Gladiola P. Carson. Bertha was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Pauli; her parents, William and Annie Thigpen; 2 sisters, Beulah McClain and Marie "Skinny" McClain; 2 brothers, Emmett Thigpen and Shelby Thigpen; her granddaughter, Rhonda Rockenschuh; 3 great grandchildren, Britta Rockenschuh, Chaz Simmons and Destiny Tower; and family Norman Pauli, Catherine Pauli Rickelman, and Joseph and Janice Pauli.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass at the Garden of Memories Funeral Home, 4900 Airline Dr. Metairie, LA on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 11:00 AM. Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until Mass time. Interment will be in Garden of Memories Cemetery.