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Helen Berger

Friday, November 19, 2010

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Services for Helen Berger, 86, of Spencer, formerly of Ayrshire, will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Ruthven. Helen died Tuesday at the Spencer Municipal Hospital.

Burial will be at Silver Lake Cemetery in Ayrshire.

Helen Marie Berger, daughter of Samuel E. Dyer, III and Anna T. (Olson), was born Oct. 23, 1924, northeast of Ayrshire. She attended Barber and Great Oak country schools and graduated from Ayrshire Consolidated High School.

On Feb. 6, 1940, Helen was united in marriage to Charles A. Berger at the Methodist parsonage in Emmetsburg. To this union fifteen children were born.

Helen dedicated her life to raising her children, caring for her parents and assisting friends and neighbors in need. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Ayshire. She taught Sunday School for many years and was active with church youth activities. Helen served on various church committees for several years and served as a volunteer at the Emmetsburg Senior Center and the Ruthven Community Care Center.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter, Lois; her husband, Charles; a daughter, Marlene Knutson; sons: Samuel and James Berger; infant brother, Ronald; and sister, June.

She is survived by her children, Bob Berger (Kathy) of Gillett Grove, Rich Berger (Harriet) of Gillett Grove, Loretta Buchanan (Gary) of Roseburg, Ore., Diane Hoben (Brad) of Sanford, Fla., Roland Berger (Melody) of Wathena, Kan., LaVonne Eldridge (Dave) of Graettinger, Joan Hanson (Ron) of Ruthven, Loren Berger of Sandstone, Minn., Doug Berger (Jessica) of Ruthven, Randy Berger (Kim) of Hartley and Janet Noll (Shane) of Milford; daughter-in-law, Kathy Berger of Ayrshire; son-in-law, Pete Knutson of Pocahontas; 42 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Richard Dyer of Ayrshire; a sister, Genevieve Burger of Gillett Grove; as well as many other relatives and friends.

The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Ruthven is in charge of arrangements.