Dr. Berthold H. Goerlich, 89, a resident of Route 1, Chenoweth Creek Road, Elkins, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at his home.
He was born Sept. 28, 1924, in Reutlingen, Germany, a son of the late Max and Helene Neff Goerlich.
Dr. Goerlich came to Elkins in 1962 and opened the new radiology department of the Memorial General Hospital and the Golden Clinic. Several years later, he started giving radiology coverage to several smaller hospitals in Grafton, Summersville, Richwood, Marlinton, Webster Springs and Camden-on-Gauley. For a short period during this time, he also serviced Petersburg. He so enjoyed creating adequate radiology care in these areas rather than the patients having to travel great distances for medical treatment. He valued greatly the warm, personal friendships created by working with the patients and employees of these different hospitals. When the Memorial General, Golden Clinic and Davis Memorial Hospital combined, Dr. Goerlich agreed to provide radiology services to the new, combined hospital. He served this new hospital along with Dr. Fouad Abdalla and Dr. Henry Mang. In this period, Davis Memorial Hospital acquired Broaddus Hospital in Philippi and the hospital in Parsons, which Dr. Goerlich also serviced. He so loved meeting all the people in our beautiful state of West Virginia and was quite honored and proud to serve its people.
Dr. Goerlich is survived by his wife Nancy on Chenoweth Creek Road; and daughters, Ingrid Curry and husband, Bruce, of Delbarton and Julie Sandolfini and husband, Lucas, of
Two daughters, Karen Doyle and Ellie McCartney, preceded him in death in 2009.
Also surviving are two brothers, Hansel and wife, Inge Goerlich, and Rudel and wife, Dorle Goerlich, all of Reutlingen, Germany; grandchildren, Brian Curry and wife, Andrea, of Durham, N.C. along with great-grandchildren in Durham, Win, Imogene, William and Maggie; grandson, Benjamin Curry of Taos, N.M.; granddaughter, Sydney McDonald Doyle, of Lafayette, Ind.; granddaughter, Emma Raye Hose of Maidssville; and grandchildren, Vincent James, Shelby Ann and Naomi Ellen Sandolfini of Morgantown.
Also preceding him in death were brothers, Ottfried, Ewald and Helmut Goerlich and beloved brother, Max, preceded him in death in Russia during World War II.
Dr. Goerlich was a communing member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 302 First St., Elkins, where there will be a celebration of life on Saturday, April 12, at 11 a.m. A light lunch and time for visiting will follow. At Dr. Goerlich's request, cremation services were provided and burial will be conducted at a later date.
The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 302 First St., Elkins, WV 26241 or Hospice Care Corp., P.O. Box 760, Aurthurdale, WV 26520, in memory of Dr. Goerlich. Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Dr. Berthold H. Goerlich, MD. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.