Thomas J. "T.J." Berdo

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“Sue, Kendra, & Kyle Sorry to hear of your loss. He was a fabulous teacher and wonderful friend. He will be missed. My love and prayers to you...Read More »
1 of 42 | Posted by: Jeanne Lund - Iowa City, IA

“The students of T.J. Berdo all consider themselves very fortunate, here was a teacher that cared about all of. I was also lucky to get to know him...Read More »
2 of 42 | Posted by: Jo (Dodder) Greiner - Washington, IA

“I will have fond memories of your dad forever. He was certainly one of my mentors in high school and taking a class from him sparked my interest in...Read More »
3 of 42 | Posted by: Mary Lowrey - Washington, IA

“Sue, Becky and Tom, We just heard about your dad. We remember the great summers we spent in Iowa and the fun we had when he took us on hay rides. ...Read More »
4 of 42 | Posted by: Vicky Berdo - Fairfax, VA - niece

“My sympathy goes out to you Tom, Sue and Becky Your dad and mom were always kind to me and good neighbor. I am sorry for your loss. Jo...Read More »
5 of 42 | Posted by: Jo Ellen Viggers Davis - FL

“T.J. was such a kind, intelligent, and witty man. Although I never had him as a teacher like most of my siblings, I was fortunate to get to know him...Read More »
6 of 42 | Posted by: Sheila Hanson - Washington, IA

“Sue, Becky, and Tom, you're in our hearts and thoughts at this sad time. I especially remember your father, when he volunteered at the VA hospital,...Read More »
7 of 42 | Posted by: Frank & Liz & family - Parnell, IA

“I first became acquainted with T.J. when he and Georganne moved into Halcyon House. They were such a lovely couple and T.J was always a gentleman...Read More »
8 of 42 | Posted by: Sue Lucas

“What a great influence and inspiration Mr. Berdo was to me in high school! I knew him through FBLA and OE, as well as through taking probably every...Read More »
9 of 42 | Posted by: Kathy (Schantz) Thompson - TN

“I have always considered Mr. Berdo as one of my mentors in my life. When I took a bookkeeping class from him in 1966 he helped me realize that my...Read More »
10 of 42 | Posted by: Allen E. Pohren - Red Oak, IA

“We send our love and best wishes to all the members of the Berdo Family. Our hearts are with you all. For decades, the name T.J. Berdo has been...Read More »
11 of 42 | Posted by: Rick Lampkin and The Lampkin Family - IA

“To the Berdo Family: Mr. Berdo was one of my favorite teachers at WHS as well. He was loved and respected by so many, and always will be. I will...Read More »
12 of 42 | Posted by: Toni Burns-Hunter - Washington, IA

“T.J. was always one of favorite people!. As a new teacher arriving in Washington in the fall of 1969 ( fresh out of college), T.J. was one of those...Read More »
13 of 42 | Posted by: Mary Atwood - Washington, IA

“Peace, prayers and blessings to the family. Mr. Berdo (can't really get used to calling him anything else) is in so many people's memories and...Read More »
14 of 42 | Posted by: Tari Speece Reynolds - Ottumwa, IA

“Mr. Berdo started at Washington High about the time I was graduating but he was one to encourage you constantly. He had a knack for teaching a...Read More »
15 of 42 | Posted by: ruth (Earnest) Heck - Washington, IA

“I was a student of Mr Berdo's at WHS in OE, business education courses and FBLA. He was one of the few people in my life that called me Sue. He had...Read More »
16 of 42 | Posted by: Susie Lucas - Washington, IA

“Your Dad was the best. He was my mentor and a definite favorite. He was also a favorite of my brothers David and Doug, and my sister Deb. We was a...Read More »
17 of 42 | Posted by: Diane (Martin) Morgan - IA

“T.J. was truly a remarkable man and had a great influence on me as a student while in Office Education in high school. He taught me many things...Read More »
18 of 42 | Posted by: Carol (Mellinger) Karian - CA

“Hi Sue and family, My condolences to all of your family with your father's passing. I never had the fortune to have him as a teacher. But I knew...Read More »
19 of 42 | Posted by: Diana (Hamamen) Cox - IOWA CITY, IA

“Sue and family: So sorry to hear about your father's passing. Please know that Scott and I are thinking of you at this time. If there is anything...Read More »
20 of 42 | Posted by: Dawn Larson - Cedar Rapids, IA

“Tom, so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. He was a great guy, and was also one of my very favorite teachers. He taught me so much about...Read More »
21 of 42 | Posted by: Marti Walker - Muscatine, IA

“T.J. was truly a wonderful man. He always made you happy that you stopped for a brief talk. His love for books made us instant friends because we...Read More »
22 of 42 | Posted by: Nancy Waters - Washington, IA

“He was a great influence on my career in accounting. He properly reprimanded me for my sloppiness on my papers and made me realize the importance of...Read More »
23 of 42 | Posted by: Tim TeBockhorst - Darien , IL

“Mr. Berdo was always a favorite of mine. I first got to know him thru OE and as I continued my job at Washington State Bank our friendship continued...Read More »
24 of 42 | Posted by: Mary Sue (Cady) Northup

“Tom, I am so sorry for your loss, although I have not seen you or your father for so very many years, memories are still there of my high school...Read More »
25 of 42 | Posted by: Nancy (rich) Bisbey - Wilton, IA

“Sue and Becky, I am saddened to hear of the loss of your dad, but remembering all of the great times our families had together. Your dad was...Read More »
26 of 42 | Posted by: Mark Heilmam - Purcellville, VA

“T.J. dedicated his years to serving children, assisting them in achieving their goals. As a Mason and Shrine Mason, he fulfilled the teachings of...Read More »
27 of 42 | Posted by: Dave Glanz - Moline, IL

“So sorry to hear about your Father. I had Mr. Berdo as my bookkeeping teacher in high school. He was one of my favorite teachers. Always very fair...Read More »
28 of 42 | Posted by: Shirley Brown - Washington, IA

“I knew Mr Berdo from WHS, too, but I got to know T J during a 1983 Appalachia Service Project mission trip to Combs, KY with the United Methodist...Read More »
29 of 42 | Posted by: Loree Satterfield Stogdill

“Tom, So sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. Thinking of you. ”
30 of 42 | Posted by: Peg Harris - Washington

“Mr. Berdo was a fantastic person who always tried to get the very best out of his students. Easy to talk to, he was the consummate mentor and...Read More »
31 of 42 | Posted by: Joseph Giardino - Washington, DC

“TJ was teaching at WHS when I came as a new and young teacher in 1967. What a kind and warm friend he was. He made me feel welcome and I always...Read More »
32 of 42 | Posted by: Mary Carol and Jack Fish - IA

“I met your parents in a totally different way via the Washington County Hospital where I worked for many years as a RN as they were great friends...Read More »
33 of 42 | Posted by: Cathy Buffington - Washington, IA

“I first knew your father as a friend of my folks then as a teacher. He was a wonderful person as a friend and as a teacher. He was one of my...Read More »
34 of 42 | Posted by: Mary Whittaker - Washington, IA

“Ray joins me in extending our most sympathy to your family. I worked with TJ for several years when we had OE students at the Medical Clinic, and...Read More »
35 of 42 | Posted by: Carla Carter - Washington, IA

“Please know that your father was a wonder example to many. I did not know his as a teacher as I did not go to Washington. I grew to know him in his...Read More »
36 of 42 | Posted by: Jennie Reschly - Ainsworth, IA

“Mr. Berdo was a favorite teacher of mine throughout high school and as my OE Advisor. He pushed me to always give 110% and encouraged and supported...Read More »
37 of 42 | Posted by: Kris (Allison) Moeller - IA

“To Mr. Berdo's family- I'm so sorry for your loss. Mr. Berdo was my favorite teacher and always inspired me throughout the time I was his student. ...Read More »
38 of 42 | Posted by: Randi Dunbar - Iowa City, IA

“Mr. Berdo was my favorite teacher throughout my school years. He really cared about his students and always knew you after graduation. He had the...Read More »
39 of 42 | Posted by: Deb Tisor - Washington, IA

“Mr. Berdo treated everyone with respect. He was a truly fair and honest man. He lived the life of a true Mason. He will be missed by his fellow...Read More »
40 of 42 | Posted by: Joe White - Gold Canyon, AZ

“Everyone had great memories of Mr. Berdo - even though I didn't take any classes directly from him - he cared to know everyone. And he launched so...Read More »
41 of 42 | Posted by: Sheryl Eash Campbell - Waterloo, IA

“Mr. Berdo was definitely one of my most favorite teachers. Always had that little half smile when he met students in the hall. What a class act he...Read More »
42 of 42 | Posted by: Annette (Whittaker) Fritz - IA


Thomas Jefferson "T.J." Berdo, age 89, of Washington, Iowa, died Monday, November 26, 2012 at the Halcyon House following a brief illness.

Celebration of life services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, December 15, 2012 at the United Methodist Church in Washington with Pastor Jim Stiles officiating. Military honors will be conducted by Washington American Legion Post 29. Visitation will be held from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m., Saturday, December 15th, at the United Methodist Church. Private family interment will take place at Elm Grove Cemetery at a later date. Memorials have been established for the United Methodist Church, the Washington Public Library or the Halcyon House Library. The Jones & Eden Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent for T.J.'s family through the web at www.jonesfh.com.

T.J. was born June 18, 1923 in Washington, Iowa the son of Henry E. and Ruth Mary (Armstrong) Berdo. He graduated from Washington High School in 1941 and attended Washington Jr. College. Following his time in the service, he graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelors Degree in Economics. He later received his Masters Degree from the University of Iowa in 1949. On August 31, 1944 T.J. was united in marriage to Georganne Rudiger in Washington, Iowa.

T.J. was a Veteran of World War II serving in the United States Army. He was a teacher for the Washington Community School District for twenty five years retiring in 1985. He previously taught at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin and taught and served as Principal at Ainsworth Community Schools. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Washington, a fifty year member of the Washington Masonic Lodge, KAABA Shrine, and Delta Pi Epsilon Honorary Business Fraternity. He was a lifetime member of the Iowa State Education Association and the National Education Association. T.J. was selected the outstanding Business Education Teacher in the State of Iowa.

He is survived by daughter, Sue Stannard of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; daughter, Rebecca "Becky" Stone and husband Pat of Snohomish, Washington; son, Tom Berdo and wife Bertie of North Liberty, Iowa; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren and one sister, Mary Ruth Siemon of Watertown, Connecticut.

T.J. was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Georganne; and one brother, Robert Berdo.

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