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Lawrence E. Berg, 88

Lawrence Edgar Berg, age 88, of Dassel, died Saturday, May 2, 2009, at the Cokato Manor.

He was born March 27, 1921, in Cokato, the son of Edgar and Edna (Jorgenson) Berg. Lawrence was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith and was a faithful member of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel.

He grew up in the Cokato area and graduated from the Cokato High School in 1939.

Lawrence was united in marriage to Eva Lorraine Selma Nelson Oct. 23, 1943, in San Diego, CA. They celebrated 61 years of marriage.

Lawrence and Eva made their home in San Diego for two years, before moving back to the Dassel-Cokato area.

A kind, gentle, and honest man who always had time for others, Lawrence would go out of his way to lend a helping hand. He loved to fish, garden, cut wood, and play cards with family and friends.

He is survived by his children, Mary Lind of Waverly, Karen Benson of Coon Rapids, Patty (Terry) Parzyck of Colfax, WI, Rick Berg of Dassel, Debbie (Jim) Martinson of Cokato, and Laurie (Jim) Totzke of Columbia Heights; 16 grandchildren, Kris Buehl, Shelly Laurence, Tommy Benson, Pan Parzyck, Ian Parzyck, Wolfe Parzyck, Kari Davis, Shannon Oporto, Alison Johnson, Jimmy Martinson, Jessie Martinson, Joey Martinson, Justin Money, Frankie Totzke, Molly Totzke, and Lucy Totzke; and seven great-grandchildren, Jessica Anders, Justin Anders, Harley Davis, Summer Parzyck, Luke Parzyck, Katelyn Money, and Landon Money.

Lawrence is further survived by one brother, Paul Berg of Tucson, AZ; and four sisters, Adeline Burdick of Litchfield, Deloris Barton of Champlin, June (Mike) Weiss of Minneapolis, and LuAnn (Victor) Luebke of Center City.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva; a grandson, Steve Lind; his parents; and one brother, Howard Berg.

The funeral service was Thursday, May 7 at 1:30 p.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel with the Revs. John Peterson and Steven Olson officiating. The organist was Florine Osness. The soloist, Sheldon Hedin, sang “The Prayer of St. Francis.” The congregational hymns were “In The Garden,” “How Great Thou Art,” and “Beautiful Savior.” Interment was at the First Lutheran Cemetery in Grove City.

Visitation took place Wednesday, May 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and continued Thursday for one hour prior to the service.

Lawrence’s grandchildren were his casket bearers.

Arrangements were by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.