March 13, 1933 ~ February 12, 2020
Ann Marie (Lang) Berg of Fargo, ND died Wednesday, February 12th from complications of Alzheimer ’s disease. She was 86 years old.
Born in Perth, ND to Lawrence & Katherine Lang, Ann grew up with her 3 siblings in Bisbee, ND. (Mom & her younger sister played jokes on their older sister, i.e. throwing a chicken through her bedroom window.) Upon graduating from Bisbee High School in 1951, Ann went to work in Devil’s Lake, ND as a telephone operator. (Growing up Mom always told us kids not to give out private information on the phone because somebody might be listening in. Hmmmmm.)
In 1955, Ann and a group of women moved to Fargo, ND looking for life’s opportunities. Landing a job at Blue Cross Blue Shield, she got into a car accident and was pursued by the manager of a local auto body shop. Jim & Ann were married on January 9th, 1960 and traveled to Las Vegas, NV in a car with no heater for their honeymoon.
Ann brought up 3 children, helped with the bookkeeping for the family business, worked the elections, took on secretarial duties for 5 years at Faith United Methodist Church, and enjoyed summers at the lake cabin. The last 50 years, she always had a poodle by her side.
Some of Ann’s proudest moments was playing half-court basketball in High School, living independently in her 20’s, she & her younger sister having tickets to the Buddy Holly concert that turned into a memorial concert, and taking on the school system when her oldest son wasn’t treated fairly.
Ann is survived by her three children, Karl (Carol) Berg of Fargo, ND, Kevin Berg of Fargo, ND, Katherine Berg of Fargo, ND, grandchildren Amy Berg of Philadelphia, PA, Jenna Berg of Fargo, ND, and her poodle Charlotte Ann.
Ann is preceded in death by her husband Jim Berg, her siblings, Stella Phillips, Irene Church, Duane Lang, and 3 poodles, Cindy, Kalie, Kelsea.
Visitation will be from 6-7 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Fargo. Visitation will continue from 10-11 a.m., followed by a funeral at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 22, at the church.