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Elsie L. Berg

October 6, 1929 May 9, 2014
Elsie L. Berg
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Elsie Lillian Wicklund Berg was born October 6, 1929 at her grandmothers home in Grantsburg, WI to Albert and Tina Wicklund. She was baptized during a ladies aid meeting and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Falun, WI. Elsie graduated as valedictorian of the Grantsburg High School, class of 1947, attended one semester at UW-Superior and graduated from Polk County Normal School, earning her teaching certificate. In the years prior to marriage, Elsie taught in one and two room school houses in Polk County including Lanesdale, Bass Lake and Oak Hill. On January 28, 1953, she married Palmer Berg of Luck in Pine City, MN while he was home on leave from the Army. They settled in Minneapolis, later moving to Maple Grove. Together, they raised 4 children. After Palmers retirement, they moved to their Red House in rural Luck, enjoying the woods, gardening, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Elsie was interested in genealogy and this led her to learn rosemaling. She won several fair ribbons and other competitions. She was able to share her gift with others, teaching them this Norwegian folk art. In addition, church was important, and she taught many children in Sunday and Bible school, as well as acting as confirmation mentor to many. Active in Laketown Lutherans WELCA, Elsie served as president for a number of years. On May 9, 2014 she died at her daughters home in Vadnais Heights, MN after a short illness. She is preceded in death by her husband Palmer; her parents, 6 brothers and 3 sisters. She leaves to mourn: her children, Bill Berg (Ann), Randy (Robbin) Berg, John (Tammy) Berg and Peggy Berg; 9 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sister, Helen Johnson; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A special thank you to HealthEast Hospice for their care and support. Memorials preferred to Laketown Lutheran Church. Visitation will be held at the Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, WI on Thursday, May 15 from 5 to 7:00 p.m. Funeral services for Elsie will be held at First Lutheran Church in Cushing, WI on Friday, May 16, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. one hour of visitation will be held prior to this service. An online guestbook is available at www.rowefh.com or www.wicremationcenter.com . Refer to these websites for updated information or call the Rowe Funeral Home at 715-472-2444 or the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown at 715-825-5550.
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