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William Berg

March 15, 1938 — December 7, 2019

New Richland

William (Bill) R. Berg, age 81, died on Saturday December 7, 2019 at home in New Richland, Minnesota from a long fight with neurological issues.

Funeral services will be held at  St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Alma City, Minnesota,   at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, December 12, 2019. The Reverend Keith Bilitz will officiate. Interment will be in Alma City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 on Wednesday at Friedrich/Bonnerup Funeral Service New Richland and one hour before the service at the church.

He was born in 1938 to Lyall and Marie (Marzinske) Berg of Alma City and was the second son of five children. His parents moved to New Richland, where he graduated in 1956 from New Richland High School. He enjoyed wrestling and driving race cars on the weekend. He worked at Peterson’s grocery store and then as a pressman at the New Richland Star newspaper. He married Sylvia (Besser) Berg on August 1, 1959 and was blessed with three children Christine, Carol and Charles. He worked at the Albert Lea Tribune until he was diagnosed with neurological issues. He also worked at the Gambles store and as a bartender at the American Legion. If he wasn’t working, you would find him supporting his children and grandchildren at their sporting and musical events. He was an active member of St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church throughout his life, serving as President, Secretary and Treasurer. He was also the AAL treasurer for the church. Bill taught his children how important family is to have in your life, how to care for others, work hard for what you want and how to enjoy Polka music. The most important thing Bill accomplished in life was to teach his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren about their Savior Jesus Christ so that they may have eternal life like he is enjoying now.

William is survived by his wife Sylvia, his three children Christine Schlaak, Carol (Mike) Hedberg and Charles (Amy – his significant other) Berg. His six grandchildren: Justin (Kim) Schlaak, Nathan (Lindsey) Schlaak, Brandon Schlaak, Gaven (Rachel) Schlaak, William (Carlie) Berg and Cady (Ryan) Anderson. His 10 great grandchildren: Kordell, Aidan, Gabrielle, Ryan and Dakota Schlaak, Gracie and Bryar Berg, Alyrah, Aurora and Odyn Anderson. His brothers and sisters: Louis Berg, Robert (Evelyn) Berg, Barbara (Dennis) Grunwald, Kathy Berg, Nathalie Besser, Lorna (Ray) Motley, Lorraine (Gary) Berg. Many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Lyall and Marie Berg, his father in-law and mother in-law Sylvester and Martha Besser, his youngest brother Stanford, brother and sister in-laws: Elaine Berg, Robert (Rosella) Besser, Ralph (Marge) Besser, Richard (JoAnn) Besser, Sylvester Besser, Reinhart Besser. Nieces and nephews: Dean Berg, Kenneth Besser, Shirley Besser, Todd Besser, Larry Smith and many aunts and uncles.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Wednesday, December 11, 2019

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Bonnerup-Friedrich Funeral Home

217 Division St W, New Richland, MN 56072

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Funeral Service

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church- Alma City

1891 321st Ave, Janesville, MN 56048

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