Bertha Lortzing Bertha was born on December 4th, 1824 in Köln am Rhein.1 Bertha's father was Gustav Albert Albert Lortzing and her mother was Rosina Regina Ahles. Her paternal grandparents were Johann Gottlob Lortzing and Charlotte Sophie Seidel; her maternal grandfather was Johann Ahles and her maternal grandmother is Regina Dorothea Kühlbren (Kohlbren). She had three brothers and seven sisters, named Karl Theodoor, Johann Heinrich, Ferdinand Philipp Victor Johann, Charlotte Albertina Rosina, Caroline Rosalie, Caroline Elisabeth Henriette Charlotte, Julie Eleonore Charlotte Luise, Anna Charlotte Henriette, Therese Franziska Albertine and Marie. She was the oldest of the eleven children. She died at 10 months old on October 6th, 1825.