Berg, Wilhelm "Bill"


Wilhelm "Bill" Berg

1932 - 2007

Berg,bill.jpgDad was born on August 18, 1932, in the village of Osterwick, the eldest child of Wilhelm and Aganetha Berg. This is where he spent his childhood and attended school.  He was baptized upon the confession of his faith on May 27, 1956 in the Sommerfelder Church in Osterwick, by Bishop John A. Friesen.

November 1, 1959, Dad and Mom, Leona Joan Hiebert, were joined in marriage in the Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church by Bishop David Schulz. Mom and Dad were to become a shining example of what marriage should be.  They were best friends and truly enjoyed spending time with one another. 

After working at several different jobs including 2 years with Manitoba Hydro, Dad began his career with Manitoba Telephone System on June 6, 1951 where he worked for the next 36 ½ years. His work brought Mom and Dad to many parts of the province, taking up residence in Rivers, Brandon, Arborg, and other points in the Brandon area and finally settling in Winkler in 1962. The earlier years were very hard on both of them with Dad being gone for long periods of time working the lines in different locations  around Manitoba.  They were very grateful for extended family and friends that were there to help.

Family was the most important thing to Mom and Dad and they were blessed with three sons, Bill, Gary and Darrel, and one daughter, Lori. While Dad worked to provide for the family, Mom was busy looking after the day to day business of running a household.  Their priority in life was always their children, and later their grandchildren.  We kids have many wonderful memories of vacations and camping trips with Mom and Dad and we continue to make this a priority with our own families.

Along with family, their faith and church were also a top priority.  Mom and Dad were active members of the Winkler Bergthaler Church from the time they were married, and served in the church together. Dad was a man of deep faith.  He was not a man to preach, but rather lived his faith every day, and it was very evident in the way that he treated others.  Always a smile on his face and a kind word for all he met.  Dad was a humble man who did not wish to be recognized, but quietly helped others where he saw a need. He was involved in many different capacities, including usher, deacon, and finance committee. In the community, Mom and Dad volunteered with Meals on Wheels, Salem Home, MCC, Winkler Food Cupboard, and many other areas.

On October 12, 1987, Dad retired from Manitoba Telephone System.  This began a new and exciting time in his life.  Dad often said that if you want to get really busy, just retire.  He worked casually at Foothills Greenhouse and really enjoyed his time there as it allowed him his 2 favorite things - visiting with people and working with his hands.  He was also able to spend more time with his family, including helping Mom with babysitting or simply spending time with their grandchildren.  Many hours were spent in Grandpa’s workshop, helping in the backyard, or going to McDonald’s for coffee.  Mom and Dad were able to enjoy all their grandkids activities and were a fixture at sporting events, school concerts, piano recitals, and anything else they could squeeze into their busy schedule.   ADVANCE \d 5

Dad was a creative man and truly had a love for working with wood.  He also enjoyed fixing anything around the house and was only a phone call away whenever anybody needed help. Other hobbies of his included puzzling, reading, and playing cards, all of which he enjoyed with his children and grandchildren.  It was also very important for Mom and Dad to build relationships with their friends and extended family and took time for those visits.  Many a card game lasted late into the night, and Monday Morning breakfasts with the Berg family were thoroughly enjoyed.

It was during the last year that Dad began to feel very tired and had a lot of headaches.  Always concerned about Mom, Dad decided it was time to make the change and they sold their home of 39 years and moved into a condo.  Even though it was hard to let go, they were happy and excited to enter this new phase.  On a windy day in September, they made the move.  Shortly afterward, Dad began to feel quite ill and was consequently diagnosed with Lymphoma and Congestive Heart failure.  We spent Christmas together on the 23rd, and Dad remarked several times - “We had a good day together.”  On Christmas day, Dad became too ill to be at home and was admitted to the hospital.  He was in a lot of pain and so very tired.  Dad being Dad, remained positive this whole time, and because he was never one to complain, we as a family truly believed he would recover yet again from a serious illness.  On Saturday, December 29th, 2007, Dad peacefully took his last breath. We were blessed to be able to visit and share his last days with him at the hospital. 

Dad will be greatly missed and leaves to mourn his loving wife, Leona; son, Bill and Hilde Berg (Steven and Sara, Elizabeth and Colin, Karilynn, Charnelle); daughter, Lori and Darrell McElroy (Nolan, Sydney); son Gary and Tammy Berg (Kyle, Eric, Sean); son, Darrel and Janice Berg (Mackenzie, Joseph, Mark); one brother, five sisters, one sister-in-law and their families.

Dad was predeceased by his parents, Wilhelm and Aganetha Berg and one sister, Susan Penner.

We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to the doctors and nurses at Boundary Trails Health Centre for their tender and compassionate care of Dad.  Dad often expressed his gratitude for Dr. Abu, Dr. Lane, Dr. Woelk, Dr. Johnston, the nurses that took a little extra time to make him comfortable, and all the others that had a role in caring for him. Special thanks to the friends and family that assisted with getting Dad and Mom to the numerous appointments, treatments etc. We would also like to thank all those who took the time to visit Dad at home and at the hospital, and for all the prayers and support . May God richly bless you!

Dad, we will miss you more than we can say, but we know that we will see you again.

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