The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Obituaries

January 31, 2013

Jean Marie Berger



   Jean Marie Berger, 65, of St. Cloud passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at her home with family by her side after a courageous battle with cancer.  Funeral services celebrating her life will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2013, at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints (1420 29th Avenue North, St. Cloud) with visitation beginning at 12 Noon. Bishop Tom Walsh will officiate.  Burial will be private at a later date.

   Jean was born on January 1, 1948, in Mankato, Minnesota to Donald and Edna (Isakson) Nitzkowski.  She graduated from Mankato High School in 1966 and was united in marriage to Donald Berger on December 16, 1967, in Jessenland, Minnesota.  They moved to St. Cloud in 1973, and after raising their five children, Jean was a paraprofessional at Washington and Roosevelt Preschools.  After retirement, Jean continued to volunteer with the preschool classes at Roosevelt and was fondly known as "Grandma Jean." Jean was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the St. Cloud Morning Optimist Club, Central MN Noon Optimist Club and the PTA.  

 Jean enjoyed gardening, walking, volunteering and nature.  She was a wildlife advocate.

   She is survived by her husband Don of St. Cloud; children, Chris (Pete)  Knutson of Sartell, Mike (Holly) of Andover, Bob (Kim) of Avon, Bill (Anne) of Minnetonka, John of St. Cloud; 13 grandchildren;  and siblings, Nancy Burger of Mankato, Don (Ilene) Nitzkowski of Woodbury and Tom (Julie) Nitzkowski of Salt Lake City, Utah.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother-in-law, Norb Burger.

  A special thank you to the staffs of St. Croix Hospice, Health Partners Clinic and the University of Minnesota-Fairview.

  Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society and the Optimist International Foundation.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Obituaries
  • John H. Buller

    John H. Buller, age 91 , of Mountain Lake, MN died on July 20, 2014, at Good Samaritan Lodge in Mountain Lake, Minnesota.

    July 22, 2014

  • Gary Anderson

    A Visitation  for Gary Anderson, age 71 of Lake Crystal, formerly of Windom, will be held on Friday, July 25, 2014, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom.

    July 22, 2014

  • Shera Lynn Steckelberg

    Shera Lynn Steckelberg, age 57, of Wells, MN, died Monday, July 21, 2014 at her home in Wells, surrounded by her family.

    July 22, 2014

  • Harold polenske.JPG Harold Polenske

    Harold Polenske went to be with his loved ones who went before him on July 19, 2014.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Albert Roth.JPG Albert "Al" Roth Jr. M.D

    Albert "Al" Roth Jr. M.D., died Friday March 21, 2014 at his home in Laramie, Wyoming.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Margaret Ferguson.jpg Margaret LaFavor-Ferguson

    Margaret LaFavor-Ferguson, October 7, 1945 - July 19, 2014, she went to heaven to be with loved ones that went before her.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Florence Hiniker.JPG Florence E. Hiniker

    Florence E. Hiniker, age 92, of rural Mankato, died Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Laurels Peak Rehabilitation Center, Mankato.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Florence Hiniker

    Florence Hiniker, 93, of Mankato, died Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Laurels Peak Rehabilitation Center,

    July 21, 2014

  • Joanne M. Ficks

    Joanne M. Ficks, age 80, of Mapleton, formerly of Bloomington, MN, passed away on July 18, 2014.

    July 21, 2014

  • Harold Polenske

    Harold Polenske went to be with his loved ones who went before him on July 19, 2014.

    July 21, 2014