Rev. Terry A. Berg, 65

The Rev. Terry A. Berg, 65, of West Bend, died on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, with his loving family at his side at St. Joseph’s Hospital in the town of Polk.

Terry was born on May 18, 1945, in St. Paul, Minn., to the late Alton and Verna (nee Pearson) Berg. He met the love of his life, Karen Chadwick, while attending Lutheran Collegiate Bible Institute in Teaneck, N.J. On Aug. 20, 1966, they were united in marriage in Bloomington, Ind.

That fall Terry and Karen moved to St. Peter, Minn., where Terry attended Gustavus Adolphus College earning his bachelor of arts in sociology in 1968. Following his graduation, Terry attended Northwestern Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., for one year before moving to Chicago, where he earned his master of divinity at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. On June 4, 1972, Terry was ordained into the Lutheran Church in America. Terry served many congregations over the years including First Lutheran Church in Dollar Bay, Mich., Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kingston, N.Y.; Fox Point Lutheran Church in Fox Point; and Trinity Lutheran Church in West Bend. He also served in significant ministries at Habitat for Humanity, Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Menomonee Falls and Immanuel Lutheran Church in Watertown. Due to illness, he retired in January 2007, but courageously continued his ministry in many other ways.

During his retirement, Terry enjoyed traveling and relaxing on his pontoon boat on Big Cedar Lake. He was an avid sports fan who had a great sense of humor and loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; his three sons, the Rev. John Berg and his wife the Rev. Sarah Stumme of Northbrook, Ill., the Rev. David Berg and his wife Robyn Ohashi of Rochester, Minn., and Stephen Berg and Chi Obiorah of Dallas, Texas; and his four granddaughters, Sydney, Lydia, Miya and Annika. He is further survived by his brother, Brian (Sandra) Berg; his two sisters-in-law, Joanne Chadwick and Margrethe O’Connor; his brother-in-law, Peter (Charry) Chadwick; and many other close relatives and dear friends.

Terry was preceded in death by his parents; his parents-in-law, Herbert and Karen Chadwick; and his brother-in-law, Edward O’Connor.

Funeral services in honor of Pastor Terry will be held on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 1025 S. 7th Ave., West Bend, with the Rev. Matthew Short of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Slinger officiating. Visitation will be at the Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home in West Bend on Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. and at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

Memorials to Brick by Brick for Tanzania (539 Braatz Dr. Kewaskum, WI 53040) or to the Capital Fund at St. Luke Lutheran Church (4860 Arthur Rd. Slinger, WI 53086) are appreciated by the family.

Myrhum-Patten Funeral and Cremation Service of West Bend, is assisting the family. Online guest book and condolences may be found at
www.myrhum-patten.com.