Tuesday, April 23, 2013


AGE:  81

ADDRESS:  W4779 Apple Ave.   Medford   Township of Deer Creek Resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH:  Sunday, April 21 at the Memorial Nursing and Rehab Center, Medford where he had resided for the past 2 days while being surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Hope Hospice

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 1:00 P.M. Wednesday May 1 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

OFFICIATING:  Father Gerard Willger and Deacon Joseph Stefancin

INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place at a later date in Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford

VISITATION:  11:00 A.M. until the time of services at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 1 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: November 18, 1931 in Medford

EDUCATION: Attended Spruce Grove School in Deer Creek and Medford High School

MARRIAGE: Married for 56 years on April 27, 1957 at St. Ann’s Church in the Town of Greenwood, Rib Lake to Armella F. Thums and she survives

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: He worked at Brost trucking for a few years. After his marriage in 1958 Don worked road construction in Milwaukee. From 1961-1987 he worked for Owens-Illinois Timber Corp. in Tomahawk. Don also worked odd jobs in the Medford area until his retirement. He spent most of his life doing woodswork and loved it. He also enjoyed hobby farming, raising homer pigeons and horses, going to horse auctions and small animal sales.

MEMBER OF:  Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford and past member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Westboro

SURVIVING SPOUSE:  Armella F. Berger of Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN:  Mark (Debbi) Berger of Westboro, Patricia (Kenny) Weinzatl of Prentice and Ann “Shortie” Wiitala of Ogema

 GRANDCHILDREN: Jessica (Mark) Schmidt of Almond, Joseph (Tanya) Berger of Rib Lake, Stephanie Berger of Eau Claire, Craig (Lori) Weinzatl of Rhinelander, Melissa Weinzatl of Rhinelander, Megan and Nicholas Wiitala both of Ogema

 3  GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: Jackson and Siiri Weinzatl and Payton Berger      

SURVIVING BROTHER/SISTER: Vernon “Mick” Berger of Medford and Marilyn (Dan) Carstensen of Medford
Brother-In-law: Joe Evisch of Bessemer, MI
Sister-In-Law: Mabel Berger of Bruce Crossing, MI

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Ruth Ann and Wallace both in infancy, Norma Evisch and Robert “Rusty” Berger

DECEASED FATHER: Herman J. Berger 

DECEASED MOTHER: Julia Berger   (Maiden Name: Stendel)

URNBEARERS: Special Friends: Pete Ulrich and Lloyd Weinzatl

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Don’s family to be designated at a later date. Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements.
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