Berg, Chester Wallace (1922-2002)

Chester Berg, 79, died Tuesday, March 12, 2002 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Fargo, N.D.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, at Salem Lutheran Church in Stephen with Rev. David Pretty officiating. Pat Larson was the organist, and the soloist was Vangie Carlson. Honorary casketbearers were Gene LaDoucer, Nathan Britten, Claus Peterson, Jim Sollund, Melvin Grandstrand, and Gale Frei. Military honors were accorded by Strandquist American Legion Post 466. Interment was in Salem Church Cemetery in Stephen with Collins Funeral Home of Karlstad in charge of the arrangements.

Chester Wallace Berg was born on July 20, 1922 at Stephen, the son of Albert and Mary (Benson) Berg. He grew up and attended school in the Strandquist and Stephen communities and was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Chester served in the United States Marine Corp during World War II, and following his discharge, returned to Strandquist. He lived in Milwaukee, Wisc. for two years and then returned to farm the Berg farm west of Strandquist. He also worked as a carpenter with his brother, Norman, for several years.

On September 2, 1982, Chester was united in marriage to Audrey Boen at Sauk Centre. The couple resided on the Berg farm until 1998 when they moved into Karlstad.

Chester was a lifelong member of Salem Lutheran Church, rural Stephen, and served on its council. He was also a 50-year member of Strandquist American Legion Post 466, serving as a past commander. He was a member and past president of the Karlstad Eagles.

He enjoyed gardening, yard work, and fishing with friends.

Chester is survived by his wife, Audrey; a daughter, Betty Berg of Olathe, Kansas; three stepchildren, Andy (Pam) Boen of Fargo, N.D., Renee (Merrill) Stennes of Newfolden, and Monte Boen of Phoenix, Ariz.; nine step grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; three sisters, Helen Anderson of Karlstad, Mary Ann (Jerley) Hendrickson of Stephen, and Bernice Jacoby of Minneapolis; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Bill; six brothers, Aldor, Walter, Raymond, Norman, Delbert, and Albert Jr.; and two sisters, Violet and Sally.

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky