In an era where it seems that it’s difficult to come together and agree on many things, an accomplished career focused on giving back to the community is still something to be cherished. Harreen Bertisch was one of those philanthropists who devoted her life to serving others, including when she served as the development director of the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc.

Tragically, 76-year-old Bertisch’s life was cut short on October 12 when her SUV was struck by an oncoming freight train at the intersection of Quadrille Boulevard and Fern Street. According to reports, the train’s engineer applied the emergency brakes and warning signals were functional, but sadly it wasn’t enough to reduce the train’s speed to prevent the crash.

It’s a loss that is felt acutely, as Bertisch was known as one of the most selfless members of society.

“She was always there to support in any way that she could, and she did,” said Bob Carter. “She would always give me encouragement by saying ‘Bob keep doing what you’re doing. It matters.’” Via

Bertisch seemed to legitimately love her work, as many individuals her age would’ve elected to leave the work force long ago. She was a staunch advocate for women’s rights and was a member of the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches. Bertisch’s work was important as she spearheaded efforts to give back to nonprofit organizations.

“Hareen[sic] had a passion for women, and she was a champion for the underdog and for all women and that described Hareen to a tee,” said Palm Beaches president Kate Newitt. Via

As members of the local legal community, everyone at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath commemorates the legacy Bertisch leaves behind, and thanks her for her dedication. If you or someone you know is the victim of a motor vehicle accident, please call us at (561) 655-1990.