Shirley Berg

Funeral services for Shirley Berg were held Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at Clausen Funeral Home in Burke with Pastor Mark Tuttle officiating. Music was provided by Mark Tuttle, soloist and Elsie Forsch was in charge of registration. Urn bearers were Adam Mathison and Alex Mathison. Inurment was in the Graceland Cemetery in Burke. Clausen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Shirley was born October 28, 1941 to Emil and Albina (Stroh) Forsch in Burke. She was the seventh born of 13 children in the family. She was raised on the family farm, south of Burke, near Jamison, NE. She grew up going to country school. She attended Burke High School, graduating in 1959. She then attended hair styling school in Sioux Falls with her sister Bonnie. They both graduated and obtained jobs in Minneapolis, MN. Shirley was married to Douglas Mathison and started her family. To that marriage, two children were born: Perry Douglas and Wendy Lee. They lived for a time in south Minneapolis, MN, and eventually moved to Elk River, MN. Shirley worked for the Lutheran Church as the church secretary. She then began working with the Sherburne County Sheriffs office as the head record keeper. From this job, it grew to the point that she was sent to the Minnesota State Law Enforcement schoolin Arden Hills, MN. She became a licensed law enforcement officer. She continued working in the office as a record keeper, but also had the opportunity to occasionally work in the field. She worked for the Sherburne County Sheriffs Office for almost ten years. Shirley and Douglas were divorced in 1983. She met and married Richard Berg on March 7, 1983. They lived in Elk River and Monticello, MN, until Richard’s retirement from the Minnesota State Patrol in 1999. They moved to Burke and have resided there ever since. Shirley passed away on June 2, 2017.She is survived by her daughter Wendy and husband Keith Steinke; her son Perry and wife Laureen and their three sons: Aaron and wife Casey, Adam and Alex; her husband Richard of Burke; her sisters: Marlys Cardelli of St Paul, MN, Joyce and husband Art Knutson of Kaw City, OK, Jan Gessner of Roseville, MN, Marjorie Schroeder of Appleton, WI, Marlene and husband Robert Percy of Sioux Falls; Bonnie Zellmer of Lincoln, NE and Verna and husband Dale Aschbacher of Billings, MT; her sisters-in-law, Lori Forsch of Billings, MT and Elsie Forsch of Burke; as well as nieces, nephews, step-children and stepgrandchildren and friends. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, a baby sister Karen Kay, her sister Lorraine and three brothers Gary, LaVone and LaVern.

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