The Rev. Donald M. Berg, 90, Edgar, a former pastor at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Milladore, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at Rennes Health and Rehab Center in Weston while under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Edgar, with the Most Rev. William P. Callahan, bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse, presiding, along with the priests of the diocese. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by the Edgar American Legion Post 393 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10187.
Visitation will be at the church from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and again from 9:30 a.m. Wednesday until the Mass. There will be a parish vigil service at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
Memorials may be directed to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, PO Box 35, Edgar, WI 54426 or to the charity of one’s choice.
Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home in Edgar assisted with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at www.petersonkraemer.com.
The Rev. Berg was born Oct. 9, 1923, in Edgar, a son of the late Oscar and Edna (Straub) Berg. He attended St. John Catholic School in Edgar and after completing grade school, he attended St. Lawrence Seminary High School and completed two years of college at Mount Calvary and two years of philosophy at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn.
He attended St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Md., beginning in 1944 and finished an accelerated four-year course in 1947.
He was ordained by Bishop John Patrick Treacy at St. Joseph Cathedral in La Crosse March 22, 1947. His first assignment was at St. Patrick Parish in Eau Claire.
He was appointed to St. Mary in Tomah and St. Andrew in Warrens in 1948. In 1951, he was stationed at Holy Name Parish in Wausau and was on the first faculty of Newman High School. He was temporarily appointed to St. Louis Parish in Dorchester in 1956 and later St. Stephen Parish in Chili. In October of that year, he was appointed to St. Anthony in Cazenovia where he stayed until 1958.
At that point, Rev. Berg was given a temporary assignment at St. Mary in Auburndale before he received his first parish at St. James in Camp Douglas and St. Michael in Indian Creek. While there, he was appointed and served for four years as chaplain in the Air National Guard at Truax Field in Madison. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force Reserves June 16, 1972.
In 1967, he went to St. Mary in Stanley and a few years later to St. Ann in Stanley as the two parishes were consolidated into Holy Family Parish.
After four years, he was appointed to Corpus Christi Parish Bakerville and one year later to St. Wenceslaus in Milladore. In 1980, he was appointed to St. Therese in Rothschild until 1989 when he was transferred to St. Joachim in Pittsville and also served Martyrs Chapel in Spalding/City Point.
He was granted status of senior priest July 6, 1999, and at that time moved back to his boyhood home in Edgar.
In retirement he spent time in parishes in central Wisconsin to provide backup relief to the current pastors.
Rev. Berg served as moderator of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, was chaplain for the Knights of Columbus Sacred Heart Council 4628 in Schofield and also served as Faithful Friar for the Knights of Columbus Pere Rene Menard General Assembly 1449 in Wausau.
Survivors include two sisters, Dottie Kelm, St. Paul, Minn., and Sylvia (Bill) Fergot, Edgar; three brothers, Norbert (Marilyn), St. Paul, Minn., Marvin (Audrey), Gays Mills, and David (Darlene), Edgar; and many nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by one sister, Elaine Winkler and one brother, Tom.