Bertha Tejada

Bertha Tejada

1935 - 2019

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Obituary of Bertha Tejada

Bertha Tejada, 84 years old, of Buffalo, New York, passed away on March 3, 2019. She was born in Buga, Colombia, to the late Carlos Augusto Montoya and Maria de Jesus Pelaez on January 3, 1935. Bertha was raised in Cali, Colombia, and was a graduate of the Liceo Benalcazar, before attending the Colegio Mayor de Cundinamarca in Bogota, Colombia, where she received a master’s degree in bacteriology.  In her professional career, Bertha held positions in the microbiology field at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and Kaleida Health of Buffalo.   In 1959, she married Rafael Ignacio Tejada and immediately thereafter they moved from Colombia to Los Angeles, California, where they lived together for over thirty years, before relocating to Buffalo in 1992.    Always in the service of others, Bertha was a volunteer at the Food Pantry of St. John the Baptist RC Church and at Kenmore Mercy Hospital.  She also held a deep appreciation for the arts and was a passionate life-long supporter of cultural and community events wherever she called home.  Bertha is predeceased by her beloved husband Rafael Ignacio and her brother Fabio Montoya.  She is survived by her two sons, Carlos Tejada and Roberto Tejada; her daughter Susana Tejada and her husband Omar Zahzouhi; her grandchildren Alicia and Gabriela; her sister Myriam Montoya; her nephews Hernan and Carlos Fernando; her nieces Maria Teresa, Luz Victoria, Olga Isabel, and Claudia; and a number of other loving relatives and close friends in Colombia and the United States.  A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John the Baptist RC Church.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in Bertha’s memory to The Hospice Foundation of WNY, 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227 (



Mass of Christian Burial

9:30 am
Saturday, March 23, 2019
St. John Neumann Chapel of St. John The Baptist Church
1085 Englewood Avenue
Kenmore, New York, United States