Bertha Lynch was born in Philadelphia, Pa on May 30, 1912. Her parents names were Robert Lynch and Flora Lena Stickling. She was affiliated with the Methodist Church. Bertha attended Upper Darby High School. After graduation she matriculated to Dickinson College. While in college she earned a spot in the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Fraternity and also graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1934. She later married Frederick C. Gladick Jr. and became a housewife.