Myrtle D. Berg


Myrtle D. Berg (nee Mattson), age 95, of Hartford, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 at the Pavilion at Glacier Valley.

Myrtle was born on May 4, 1919, in Duluth, Minnesota, to Jacob and Lillian (nee Dorland) Mattson. She was united in marriage to Merrill J. Berg on Feb. 9, 1946, St. Peter Church in Beaver Dam.

Myrtle graduated from Denfeld High School in Duluth, Minnesota, in 1937 and then went on to graduate from Duluth State Teachers College in 1941 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. She then taught High School P.E. at Deer River and Moose Lake, Minnesota. Myrtle furthered her education and studied at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, receiving her certification in physical therapy. During the polio epidemic of the 1950s she was recruited to start the physical therapy department at the Lutheran Hospital in Beaver Dam, WI and continued to work in the physical therapy department at the Beaver Dam Community Hospital until the early 1980s. Myrtle then worked for an independent firm and traveled to area nursing homes as a physical therapist. She relocated to Hartford after retiring to live with her daughter.

Myrtle also had a passion for music and it was a very important part of her life. Her sisters were accomplished musicians on the piano and the violin, while Myrtle was the singer in the family. She sang with her college choir for 4 years and while living in Beaver Dam was a member of the Sweet Adeline Organization. She was also a member of the Hartford Community Choirs while living in Hartford. Myrtle was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 146 –John E. Miller, Beaver Dam.

Myrtle is survived by her two daughters, Donna Berg and Georgia Hesprich both of Hartford; her grandchildren, Jamie (James) Tibbets, Stephanie (Ben) Funk, Jon Berg, Ashley Hesprich, Jeremy Berg; great-grandchildren Alex (Bridey) Holmes, Malachi and Samuel Berg, Norah and Isaac Funk, and Lily and Leah Tibbets; two and a half great-great grandchildren Halely and Harley Holmes and soon to be baby girl Holmes; brother- in-law Gordon Pappas. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Merrill, son Tim and four sisters Marigold (Maynard) Speece, Grace (Les) Krogh, Dorothy (Andy) Heller, and Rudy Ann Pappas; son-in-law Steven Hesprich.

Mass of Christian Burial for Myrtle will be held on, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at 6 p.m. at St. Kilian Catholic Church (264 W. State St., Hartford) with the Rev. David LaPlante officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Tuesday from 4- 5:45 p.m.

Interment St. Peter Cemetery, Beaver Dam.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Kilian Catholic Church or the Compassionate Care Hospice are appreciated.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Pavilion at Glacier Valley and Compassionate Care Hospice for their loving care of Myrtle.

The Shimon Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be found at www.shimonfuneralhome.com.