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Emma Berg

Emma Berg, 95, of Walhalla, ND passed away Thursday, November 26, 2015 at the Pembilier Nursing Center, Walhalla, ND. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. at the Walhalla Lutheran Church, Walhalla, ND. Visitation will be held Monday, November 30th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Nelson-Askew Funeral Home, Walhalla, ND. Burial will be held in the Hillside Cemetery in Walhalla. Memorials are preferred to the Walhalla Lutheran Church or the Pembilier Nursing Center, Walhalla.
Emma (Grafenstein) Berg, the daughter of Gottlieb and Amelia (Kappes) Grafenstein was born May 21, 1920 on the family farm southwest of Cavalier, ND. She attended school at Cavalier, graduating from Cavalier High School in 1938. She attended Jamestown College and graduated in 1940 with a Two-Year Standard Degree in Elementary Education.
On June 23, 1943, Emma was united in marriage to Eddie Rolan Berg at the Walhalla Lutheran parsonage by the Rev. Selmer Hilde. Eddie and Emma resided on the family farm east of Walhalla until the fall of that year and then moved into Walhalla. Four children were born to them during the intervening years.
Prior to her marriage, Emma taught for three years in rural schools in the vicinity of Walhalla. She continued to teach during the early years of her marriage, then retiring to accept the role of farmwife, mother, and homemaker. They continued to farm until Eddie retired in 1982, when their sons, David and Dwight purchased the family farms.
In 1961, Emma returned to her teaching career by accepting a position on the faculty of the Walhalla Public School. By attending classes during the summer months, Emma was awarded a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Mayville State University, Mayville, ND. She continued teaching at Walhalla until her retirement in 1983 to complete a total of 28 years of service in the public school system.
She was a member of the Walhalla Lutheran Church since December 25, 1943, where she was actively involved in the Sunday School, WELCA Circle, Bible Study and Church Board, holding offices in each.
Emma was an active member of the Pembilier Nursing Center Auxiliary, Walhalla Senior Citizens, Charter member of the 3-H Homemakers, Northeast District Retired Teachers, and served as Secretary-Treasurer on the Hillside Memorial Cemetery for 50 years.
Survivors include her children: Douglas (Bea) Berg, Reynolds, ND, Dwight (Debra) Berg, Walhalla, and Diane (Dean) Mercil, Laramie, WY; daughter-in-law, Sharlene Berg, Walhalla; 12 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded death by her parents; husband, Eddie in 2000 and son, David Berg in 1999. Also preceding her in death were brothers, John, Gottlieb, and David and sisters, Alvina and Emelia Grafenstein, Amelia Hillman, Esther Ouhl, Lillian Williams, and Mary Guenther.


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Dear Family of Emma, I am deeply sorry for the passing of your mother and grandmother. She was a very dear and lovely lady! I had the pleasure of being a student of hers in Walhalla, and the ultimate pleasure of being there for her in her home with the Altru agency of home-care. We hit if off well, and it was all my pleasure helping her prior to her nursing home experience. She was loved! God Bless you all during this most difficult time. Love, Sylvia Moore

Sylvia Moore Nov 30 2015 12:00 AM

Our condolences to Emma's family. The paths of our families have crossed so many time, through the years. We have always enjoyed being neighbors, friends, co-worker and of course sharing the Jody Berg name. Emma was always smiling and happy, even when seeing her in the home. She will be very much missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Steven and Jody (Longtin) Berg Nov 30 2015 12:00 AM

I feel privileged to have known Emma - she was a wonderful, kind lady.

Kathy (Braget) Kenzy Nov 30 2015 12:00 AM

I want to extend condolences to Douglas, Dwight, and Diane and your families. I feel as if you were my family, too, since we lived next door to you so many years! Your mom was very special to us. She always wore a smile and knew all of us. As we left home she continued to care about our parents and was particularly helpful to Dad when he was alone. She and Eddy raised a very nice family who were always our friends. God bless each of you with all of the memories she gave you. Jean

Jean (Tongen) Paulson Nov 29 2015 12:00 AM

Our thoughts are with your family at this time, take care and God Bless you all. When my mom (Vi) shared tables I always enjoy visiting with Emma.

Brian n Susan Danielson Nov 29 2015 12:00 AM