Rick Berger

EAST PEORIA - Rick Berger, 49, of East Peoria, died at 10:42 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born on Sept. 30, 1958 in Bethlehem, Pa., to Elbert Sonny and Gloria Person Berger.

He married Mary C. Kovacevich on June 22, 1991 in West Bend. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Neil and Aaron Berger, both living at home; his parents of Swiftwater, Pa.; one brother, Gary Berger and one sister, Cindy Berger. He was preceded in death by one brother.

Rick worked in graphic design as a branding and identity specialist.

He was a graduate of Kutztown University in Pennsylvania with a BFA in Communication and Design. Rick has numerous achievement and graphic art and design awards.

He was a member of the American Institute of Graphics Art and American Center for Design.

A funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Peoria Heights, of which he was a member.

Rev. Thomas Taylor will officiate. Visitation will be on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Thomas and one hour before the mass at the church. Cremation rites will be accorded.

Wright Salmon Mort-uary is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Neil and Aaron Berger Education Fund c/o National City Bank.

Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com, Wright Salmon Mortuary, 2416 N. North St., Peoria, Ill. 61604, 309-688-4441.