TORRES, BERTHA D.

Owner of La Concha Restaurant

A funeral mass was offered April 23 at St. Paul of the Cross Church, Jersey City, for Bertha D. Torres, 64, a resident of the Jersey City Heights and owner of La Concha Restaurant on Central Avenue. She passed away April 16. Many patrons from near and far would visit La Concha Restaurant for her delicious homemade Spanish food. Greeting you with a big smile and an “Hola!” nothing made her happier than filling your stomach. Born in the Dominican Republic, Bertha began her 30 year career as a restaurateur in Hoboken and settled in the current location on Central Ave. Open 7 days a week, she was known for her roast pork, beef stew, and beans. Her children and her grandson helped run her family-style restaurant and the menu would change daily. Bertha’s love of cooking and the people she served motivated her to work hard every day. She was always very grateful for the blessings in her life and gave back to the community every chance she had. Whether it was patrons in need of a meal or a poor family in another country, Bertha would give of herself to help those in need. Bertha was the mother of Gilfredo O. Dejardens, Nathalia B. Dejardens and Rogelio E. Dejardens. She was the grandmother of Isaiah N. Ortiz-Dejardens. Bertha was also survived by sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews. Her legacy will live on through her three children who will continue to honor their mother’s handwork by running the family business. Services arranged by the Riotto Funeral Home and Cremation Company, Jersey City.