Edward N. Berg
GLADSTONE – Edward N. Berg, 91, of Gladstone, passed away peacefully Sunday morning, Sept. 15, 2013, at Northwoods Assisted Living Facility in Escanaba.
Ed was born Feb. 15, 1922, in Gladstone, the son of Edward Otto and Anna (Nygard) Berg. He was raised in Gladstone and was a 1940 graduate of the Gladstone High School. In school, Ed participated in the Economics Club and was an exceptional basketball player.
Following high school, Ed went to work for the Civilian Conservation Corp. (CCCs) before enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1942. Ed’s military career gave him the opportunity to travel throughout the entire world, including the South Pacific, Europe, Greenland, Washington D.C., and the Yucca Flats.
Although his service to his country found him serving during World War II and later during the Korean War, Ed was proud to announce to his future wife that if she married him, “He would show her the world.” On Aug. 19, 1955, Ed held true to his word and was united in marriage to the former Marta Tungett in Tampa, Fla. Ed and Marta continued to reside in several countries until Ed’s honorable discharge in 1964.
Following 22 years of service, Ed and Marta returned home to Gladstone where they resided and raised their family. Shortly after returning, Ed went back to school to get his associates degree in business administration. Ed was later employed as an administrator at Bay de Noc Community College, Tri County Mental Health for 10 years and finally Delta Menominee Health Department until his retirement. On Aug. 21, 2008, after 53 years of marriage, Marta was called to Heaven. Ed lived in their home until recently moving to Northwoods Assisted Living. There he made several friends, enjoyed good conversation, and cleaned everyone’s clock playing bingo.
Ed was an accomplished musician who enjoyed playing a variety of instruments including the piano, organ, accordion, and guitar. His musical talent allowed him to perform in several bands in various venues, most notably with the Glory Land Trio at the Grand Ole Opry. Ed also loved sports; you could often find him “resting his eyes” in front of the TV watching the Tigers or Lions play.
Ed’s survivors include son, Stephen (Staci) Berg of Gladstone; daughters, Martanna (Rick Schroeder) Lesley of Riverland, Greta (Sue Martin) Berg of Concord, N.C.; grandchildren; Justin, Joshua, Ashley, Matthew, Emilee, Brianna and Daniel. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
His parents, wife, four sisters, two brothers, his niece, and a great-nephew preceded Ed in death.
The family of Edward N. Berg will receive friends on Thursday from 10 to 11:45 a.m. at the Grace Church in Gladstone. Military rites will follow at 11:45 a.m. at the Grace Church by the Gladstone American Legion August Mattson Post 71. Funeral services to celebrate the life of Edward N. Berg will follow at 12 p.m. at Grace Church with Dr. Stephen Patrick officiating. Luncheon will follow in the Grace Church Fellowship Hall. Ed will be laid to rest in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery in Wells. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Berg family with arrangements. Messages of condolence, to Ed’s family, may be offered online at www.skradskifuneralhomes.com.
In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to the U.P. Honor Flight Program.