Charles A. Berg
Berg, Charles Allen Chokio passed away on January 22nd, his wife of 66 years was in the next hospital room. Charlie was 86 years old. Born in Graceville, Charlie was the son of Carl and Bertha (Osterberg) Berg. He attended country school in Traverse County and graduated from West Central School of Agriculture in Morris in 1945. Following graduation, he farmed with his father and brother, raising grain and livestock. Charlie married Carol Lamb in 1948 at Staples. Charlie and Carol lived on a farm that was purchased from his grandfather. He served 26 years in the Minnesota Senate, beginning in 1972, winning numerous re-election campaigns and losing just one. He was active in the Minnesota Cattlemen's Association, serving at one time as its president and on the national board of directors. He served on his Church Council, as a Sunday school teacher, on the Chokio Board of Education and on the West Central Educational Development Association in its early years. Charlie liked fishing and hunting and golf until his last years, spent a couple of weeks in Alaska every summer with three daughters and one son and their families there, where they all enjoyed salmon and halibut fishing. He is survived by his wife Carol, daughters and sons Bonnie Berg, Laurie Berg and husband John Connolly, and Marla Berg and husband John Greely, all of Juneau, Alaska; Charles Jr. and wife Dana of Lindstrom; Colin and wife Ronda of Olivia; Dixie and husband Tim Lippert of Easton; and Adam and wife Jami Eistetter of Anchorage, Alaska; fourteen grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters and two brothers, Robert Berg (Audrey) of Chokio, Janice Arneson (Dave) of Glenwood, Patricia Nokelby (Bruce) of Paynesville; and Richard Fair (Kathleen) of North Oaks; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service will be scheduled. Arrangements are with Pedersen Funeral Home, Morris.
Published on February 9, 2014