Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 8, 2009
Helen Berg, 77
Helen Ethelyn Sylvia Berg, age 77, of Austin, died Thursday, March 5, 2009 at the Austin Medical Center.
Helen was born Nov. 15, 1931 in Ottertail County, Minn. to Oscar Emil and Agnes Mildred (Mikkelson) Hagen. She spent her childhood growing up on the farm in Fergus Falls, Minn. The family moved to southern Minnesota in 1942. Helen was confirmed at the Mona Lutheran Church in Mona, Iowa in 1946. She graduated from Austin High School in 1949. Prior to her marriage, Helen worked at Dwights’ and at the Austin clinic.
Her marriage to George C. Berg took place on May 6, 1950 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. To this union were born five children: Larry, Vicky, Randy, Bill and Jennifer. Helen along with her husband, George were members of the Austin Art Club. Helen loved working with color and creating something beautiful on canvas. She created many beautiful oil paintings that she sold or shared with family. One of her oil paintings, “Caring and Sharing” was made into a print and graced the cover of ‘The Farmer Magazine” in 1987.
Helen was a crochet master of doilies and doll clothes, many of which were made without a pattern. She was an excellent homemaker and prided herself on creating a loving home for her family. Her children were the greatest pride of her life. Helen was a very spiritual woman and enjoyed reading her bible. She found much comfort in the companionship of her cats throughout her life.
Survivors include her five children and their families: Larry (Bea) Berg, El Paso, Texas, Anthony, Andrea, Adam and their mother, Peggy Wilcox; Vicky (Jim) King, Austin, Amy, Brian, Jonathan; Randy (Deb) Berg, Austin, Luke, Emily; Bill Berg (Mary Leuning), Austin, Seth and his mother, Pam Hauge; Jennifer (Dan) Rondeau, Chaska, Minn.; two great grandchildren, Amber, Eligh; brother, Dr. Vernon L. (Marilyn) Hagen, Bettendorf, Iowa; sister-in-law, Ella Berg, Austin, Minn.; nieces and nephews; special cousin, Kathy Linder Pederson; dear friends, Rita Gamez, Ann Wenigar.
She is preceded in death by her husband, George; her parents, Oscar and Agnes Hagen; and her brother, Oscar A. Hagen.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at Mayer Funeral Home with Father Joe Fogal officiating. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p..m. on Monday and one hour before the service at Mayer Funeral Home on Tuesday. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
The casketbearers will be Luke Berg, Seth Berg, Brian King, Jon King, Todd Hagen and Trent Hagen.