Mary M. Berg 1931–2021 Claremont—Mary Berg, age 89, of Claremont, passed away January 3, 2021. Friends may greet the family 4-7 PM Friday January 8, 2021 at the Brick Meger Funeral Home and one hour prior to the funeral at church. Mass of Christian burial is set for 11:00 AM Saturday January 9, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with interment to follow at St. Francis De Sales Catholic Cemetery, Claremont. There will be a rosary recited by the Catholic Daughters of America at 10:15 AM at church prior to the funeral. A live stream of the funeral can be viewed on the St. Joseph Catholic Church Facebook page. If attending, please follow all Minnesota Health Department Covid-19 guidelines. Mary was born to parents Rudolph and Mary (Ripka) Kubat in Owatonna. She graduated valedictorian from Claremont High School in 1948. She attended St. Teresa's College in Winona then transferred to Mankato Teachers College graduating with a teaching certificate. In 1950 she married Walter Berg in Claremont. Mary enjoyed a long career in education starting at various Steele County Country Schools and finishing up the last 30 years in Dodge Center retiring in 1990. In retirement she dedicated her life to her children and grandchildren. Her memberships included past president of American Legion Auxiliary in Claremont, volunteering for many church activities, especially the Fall Bazar at the country store, and serving for various civic interests. Her hobbies included, bird watching, fishing with her husband and family, board games, crosswords, and cribbage. She loved music and theater and was often spotted at many Little Theater plays or area concerts. Mary was known for her cooking and baking and her family will miss her chocolate chip cookies. Mary is survived by her children, Michael (Melanie), Claremont, Patrick (Robin), Owatonna, Patricia (Robert) Gordon, Dalhart, TX, Susan (Carlton) Wittmer, Hartley, TX, Carol Hodapp, Owatonna, Marcia (Fredy) Ortegon, Denton, TX, Judith (Derrick) DeWalt, Charlotte, NC, John (Darla), Claremont, Thomas, Claremont, Jennifer Berg, Amarillo, TX, Mary Wermager, Shoreview, MN, Barry (Melissa), Dell Rapids, SD; 28 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and numerus step-grandchildren and one more great grandchild on the way, siblings Shirley Buecksler, Rose Donna Kelly, Bernice Spindler, Donald Kubat, Raymond Kubat, Rita Selthun. She was preceded in death by, husband Walter, parents, one grandson, Axel, siblings, Rudy Kubat and Robert Kubat; son-in-law, Jeff Hodapp. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to St. Frances de Sales Cemetery in Claremont. For more information or to leave a condolence message go to www.megercares.com
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