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Harriet E. Berg, 92

Harriet Eileen “Swan” Berg, age 92, of Willmar, and a former long-time resident of Dassel, died Saturday, Jan, 22, 2011, at the Bethesda Heritage Nursing Home in Willmar.

Harriet was born Dec. 14, 1918, in Rosendale, MN, the daughter of Albert and Helena (Ogren) Swan. She graduated from the Litchfield High School, and then attended beauty school.

Harriet was united in marriage to Elmer Berg Dec. 31, 1942, in Miami, FL, when Elmer was on leave from the US Navy while serving in World War II.

Harriet opened a beauty shop in downtown Dassel, and would later operate a beauty shop in her home for 15 years. She then became the activities director at the Dassel Lakeside Home, and later at the Cokato Manor.

In addition, Harriet managed the antique shop at the Prairie House restaurant, and the restaurant after the antique shop closed. For many years, Harriet had also worked at Faribault Foods in Cokato.

After Elmer passed away Jan. 27, 1997, Harriet moved to the Dassel Lakeside Apartments, and then made a move to the Brookridge Manor in Cokato. In 2008, Harriet moved to Bethesda Heritage in Willmar to be close to her daughter, Suzanne.

A longtime member of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel, Harriet had been an active member of the Gethsemane ELCA Women’s group. She was a proud member of the American Legion Auxiliary, where she had spent many hours helping with activities.

Harriet will be remembered for her various craft skills, delicious donuts, and her giving spirit. She was a loving mother and grandmother, and will be greatly be missed by her family and her friends.

Grateful to have been part of Harriet’s life are her daughters and son-in-law, Carol and Andrew Wirth of Apple Valley, and Suzanne Berg of Willmar; two grandchildren, Kaitlin Wirth of New York City, NY, and Johanna Wirth of Apple Valley; foster daughter Claudia Carlisle of St. Paul; a sister, Lorraine Maro of New Hope; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

In addition to her husband, Elmer, Harriet was preceded in death by her daughters, Myra Lee and Kathryn; her parents, Albert and Helena Swan; and four sisters, Violette Nordin, Roselind Brown, Marion Glader, and Gladys Rossell.

The funeral service took place Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel with the Rev. John Peterson officiating. Interment followed at the Dassel Community Cemetery.

Visitation was Monday evening, Jan. 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and continued Tuesday, one hour prior to the service at the church.