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Helen Berg — Austin

AUSTIN —  A memorial service for Helen Berg will be 1 p.m. on Tuesday at Mayer Funeral Home with the Rev. Joe Fogal officiating.

Mrs. Berg, 77, of Austin, died Thursday (March 5, 2009) at the Austin Medical Center.

Helen Ethelyn Sylvia Berg 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. The family moved to Southern Minnesota in 1942. Mrs. Berg 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.

She married George C. Berg on May 6, 1950 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. They had five children: Larry, Vicky, Randy, Bill and Jennifer. Mrs. Berg along with her husband, George, were members of the Austin Art Club. She 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.

Mrs. Berg was a crochet master of doilies and doll clothes, family member said, as many of designs 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.

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Survivors include her five children: Larry (Bea) Berg of El Paso, Texas, Randy (Deb) Berg of Austin, Bill Berg (Mary Leuning) of Austin, Vicky (Jim) King of Austin, Jennifer (Dan) Rondeau of Chaska; Peggy Wilcox and Pam Haugen; 9 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, Dr. Vernon L. (Marilyn) Hagen of Bettendorf, Iowa; sister-in-law, Ella Berg of Austin; nieces and nephews; special cousin, Kathy Linder Pederson; dear friends, Rita Gamez and Ann Winegar. She is preceded in death by her husband, George; her parents, Oscar and Agnes Hagen; and brother, Oscar A. Hagen.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. 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 casket bearers will be Luke Berg, Seth Berg, Brian King, Jon King.

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