Inez A. Berge

Monday, June 1, 2015 5:17 pm

Inez A. Berge, 88, of Decorah, died Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Promise House Assisted Living in Hiawatha. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 3, at Washington Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Decorah, with Rev. Mark Kvale officiating. Burial is in church cemetery. Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, at Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah and Wednesday beginning at 10 a.m., one hour before the service, at the church. Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at fjelstul.com.

Inez Anita (Gilbertson) Berge was born Oct. 30, 1926, in Decorah, the daughter of Alfred and Isabel (Bakken) Gilbertson. She was baptized Nov. 25, 1926, at Madison Lutheran Church, by Pastor D. C. Jordahl and confirmed June 1, 1941, at First Lutheran Church by Pastor T. A. Hoff. She attended school in Decorah through 5th grade and then attended Madison No. 2 School. She graduated from Decorah High School in 1944. Inez was united in marriage to Joseph Orlando Berge Sept. 29, 1946, at First Lutheran Church, by Pastor T. A. Hoff. This union was blessed with four children: Curt, Carol, Jeff and Janice. They farmed in Decorah Township until 1978 and then rented out the farm. In 1990, they sold the farm and moved to Decorah. Inez worked at Ronnie’s Café, Midland Mfg. Co., Winneshiek County Clerk of Court office and at the Anundsen Publishing Company for over 30 years. She enjoyed working part time at Anundsen’s after retirement. She was a member of Washington Prairie Lutheran Church and also a member of the Skyliners Polka Club. Inez enjoyed her family and friends, needlework, reading, working jigsaw puzzles and dancing with Joe.

Inez is survived by her four children: Curt (Marge) Berge of Lexington, Ky., Carol (Scott) Swanson of St. Anthony, Minn., Jeff Berge of Tipton and Jan (Gary) Myers of Ely; six grandchildren: Keri (Bill) Smith of Lexington, Ky., Jason Berge of Plano, Texas, Eric (Jan) Bender of Coon Valley, Wis., Lynette Henry of Decorah, Shaun (Carrie) Myers of Ely and Tina (Josh) Darnell of Bondurant; 12 great-grandchilden: Dominique (Drew) Neel, Diana Smith, Lindsey Smith and Tyler Berge all of Lexington, Ky.; Emmitt Edwards and Emily Bender of Coon Valley, Wis.; Anthony Henry and Danielle Henry of Decorah; Allissa Shatto and Atreyu Darnell of Bondurant; and Laney and Livvie Myers of Ely; one great-great granddaughter, Jaylee Henry (due in July); sister, Norma Rosendahl of Osage; brother, Robert Gilbertson, of Decorah; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joseph, Oct. 17, 2005; two brothers, Orin and Vernon Gilbertson; three sisters: Olive Hotvedt, Arline Edde and Margaret Kruchek; son-in-law, Dean Bender; four brothers-in-law: Alton Hotvedt, Harry Edde, Curt Rosendahl and George Kruchek; three sisters-in-law: Vera Gilbertson, Bernice Gilbertson and Charlene Gilbertson; two nieces, Sharon Elliott and Barbara Rosendahl; and one nephew, Karl Gilbertson.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials to Washington Prairie Lutheran Church, 1725 Washington Prairie Road, Decorah, IA 52101 or the Decorah Senior Center (Meal Site), 806 River Street, Decorah, IA 52101.

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