Harold J. Berg, 94, of Devils Lake, ND, formerly of the Calio/Munich, ND, area passed away early Monday morning, March 26, 2018, at the Eventide Heartland Care Center, Devils Lake, ND.
Harold J. Berg, 94, of Devils Lake, ND, formerly of the Calio/Munich, ND, area passed away early Monday morning, March 26, 2018, at the Eventide Heartland Care Center, Devils Lake, ND. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, April 3 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Devils Lake with Very Reverend C.F. Wilhelm celebrating the Mass. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery with Military Honors accorded by the Neathery-Simensen Post No. 756, Devils Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars and the North Dakota Military Funeral Honors Team-Navy. Visitation will be held at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake on Monday, April 2 from 4 until 6 p.m. with the Rosary at 6 p.m., led by the Knights of Columbus. The Scripture Service and Time of Sharing will be held at 6:20 p.m. Visitation on Tuesday will be at the church one hour prior to the funeral Mass. Harold John, son of Mathias and Catherine (Zimmer) Berg, was born on May 26, 1923, at Clyde, ND. He grew up on the family farm and attended school in Clyde. Being from a family of 13 children, everyone pitched in to help with the chores, helping care for the younger siblings, doing whatever was needed. Harold proudly served his country in the United States Navy, during World War II in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre aboard the USS Valeria. He was honorably discharged as a Motor Machinist’s Mate Third Class on June 17, 1946. Harold was united in marriage to Dolores Bernardy on Nov. 19, 1946, at Munich, ND. They would live, farm and raise their children in the Calio/Munich area for most of their life. Besides giving his all to farming, Harold was never idle. He drove School Bus for the Munich School and worked at the Ford Garage in Cando, ND. In 1990, they moved to Devils Lake. Dolores died on Feb. 11, 2005. Harold definitely knew about hard work, but when able he enjoyed hunting, fishing, shooting pool and darts and never wanted to miss a good game of cards with family and friends. His greatest enjoyment was playing with his grandkids. His skills in wood and metal work brought him and the recipients of those works much joy. He made small roll-top desks for each of his grandkids and also go-carts and jewelry boxes. He was very proud to have worked with Father Haas on many wood projects including a large table for the Bishop of the Fargo Diocese. Harold was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Munich and St. Joseph in Devils Lake and was a life member of the Knights of Columbus. He also enjoyed membership in the VFW in Egeland, ND. Harold was a devoted husband, Dad and Grandpa. He served his country with honor and his strong faith kept him steadfast in all the ups and downs of life. Harold leaves behind his loving family. His children, Owen Berg and his wife Helen of Langdon, ND, and Anita Pitchford and her husband David of Colorado Springs, CO; grandkids, Stephanie (Keith) Mikkelsen, Casey Berg and Sarah (Jason) Schill and Kaitlyn Pitchford and Kelly Pitchford; great-grandkids Hannah and Kyle Mikkelsen, Allie Berg, Cayden, Brennan and Addison Schill; brother, Richard (Rosalie) Berg, Devils Lake; and brother-in-law, Ralph Nosbusch, Bismarck, ND; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dolores; son and daughter-in-law, David and Harriet Berg; brothers, George, Omar and Herman Berg; sisters, Emma Meagher, Ida Berg, Lenore Huettl, Helen Brown, Hilda Michels, Mary Ann Nosbusch, Inez Berg and Margaret Berg in infancy. Casket Bearers will be Jason Schill, Scott McArthur, Dale Bernardy, Casey Berg, Vaughn Thorstad and Wayne Mueller. Reading the Scriptures will be Jason Schill and Gift Bearers will be Allie Berg, Cayden, Brennan and Addison Schill.