Karl J. Berger

March 17, 1931 – Jan. 31, 2010


Karl Jacob Berger died Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010, at Waukesha Springs at the age of 78. He was born March 17, 1931, near Juneau, to Karl and Martha (nee Moser) Berger, who preceded him in death, along with his stepmother, Rosa, and brother, Fritz.

Karl grew up at his family’s cheese factory. He proudly served his country as a missile mechanic in the Army. On May 1, 1954, he married his Swiss sweetheart, Dorothy Irene Liechty.

Karl began his professional career in the automotive business as a mechanic. He was a former partner in K&R Dodge and after its closing worked for many years as a salesman. His salesman talents could be heard every Saturday morning on the Hartford radio station.

Karl was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He especially enjoyed sharing his love of hunting and fishing with his family at the cabin in Big Flats. The highlight of his and Dorothy’s travels were two trips to Switzerland, the country of their parents’ birth, along with a trip to Alaska. In all kinds of weather he would cheer on his children’s and grandchildren’s sports teams.

Karl was a member of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church and served the Lord in many leadership roles. He was very proud of his Red Wing collection and was a member of the Red Wing Society.

Karl is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of 55 years and four children: Susan (Jerry) Underberg of Hartland, Karla (Scott) Mittlestadt of Pewaukee, Kurt (Kim) Berger of East Troy and Bruce (Beth Beckwith) of Mukwonago. His four grandchildren will miss Grandpa Karl’s stories. He will also be missed by his aunt Viola Moser, sister Anne Schwendimann and many others.

Visitation for Karl will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010, at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 Bluemound Road, Waukesha (highwys J and JJ, four blocks south of Interstate 94) and 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, until the 11 a.m. service officiated by Pastor Peter Schmidt. Burial will be at the Village of Hartland Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County or Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church for children’s activities.