Elizabeth Berg

elizabeth berg
Elizabeth Gette Berg, 93, lovingly known to her friends and family as Bette, passed from this life to the next on July 2, 2017 at Elim Care Center in Fargo, ND after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Her last days were spent surrounded by her family and under the care of the compassionate individuals employed at Elim and Hospice of the Red River Valley. Bette was born on September 11, 1923 to Ignatz and Elizabeth (Busz) Gette in Alsen, ND. She graduated from Starkweather High School in 1940. On February 15, 1945, she married Marvin Berg in Hot Springs, AK just before his term of service in the Army. When he returned, they made their home in North Dakota, living and raising their family in, Mandan, Washburn, and Bismarck. Bette spent 44 years of her life working as a tax preparer for H&R Block until she retired at the age of 85. Her years of service as a tax specialist allowed her to work with three generations of families; she was particularly fond of farm returns. She was a devout Catholic and a member of Ascension Parish in Bismarck from its inception; she continued to practice her faith while she was in the care of Elim and the priests who served there. In addition to her service to the church, Bette was an excellent seamstress and delighted in creating things for both her church community and her family. Her greatest joy was found spending time with her extensive family, particularly if there was a baby to hold and teach to say “Mama.” She will live on in the memories and hearts of her children and their families: her oldest son Robert Berg and his wife Sharon and her children Lukas, Yukon, and Jaclyn and Robert’s children including Mike & Kris Berg and their son Brady; David & Michelle Berg and their daughters Kaliya and Reyna; Lauren & Nick Mertens and their daughter Emilia, and Jameson Berg. She is also survived by her son Richard Berg and his wife Nancy and their children Sarah & Josh Deutsch and their children Holden, Bergen and Georgia; Emily & Shane Raveling and their children Mason, Dylan, Hayden and Rowyn; Adam & Leah Berg and their children Camden and Charlie. Bette’s oldest daughter Marvis Doster and her daughters: Beth Doster and her children Gabriel and Taura; and Amanda & Assan Njie and their son Malik. Bette’s youngest daughter Stephanie and her husband Mark Butz and their children Jenny & Karl Heustis and their children Mason, Kain, and Halley; and Matt & Niki Butz and their children Elijah, Katie, and Carson. She is also survived by her brother Bill and his wife Sonja Gette and her brother Leo and his wife Ruby as well as many nieces and nephews throughout the United States. During her time at Elim, she made a special friend, Julia, who will also miss her dear friend. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her twin daughters, and her siblings Malior, Henry, Joseph, Donald, Alvina, Marie, and Leona. A mass celebrating Bette’s life will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, July 6 at Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church in Fargo, ND. A vigil will be held at Boulger Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 5 at 7:00 P.M with visitation starting at 6:00 P.M. Bette will be buried at Assumption Catholic Cemetery in Starkweather, ND on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. The family would like to thank all the caring staff members at Elim Care and the Hospice of the Red River Valley who dedicate their lives to helping people with such great compassion. We ask that any memorials in Bette’s honor be sent to the Hospice of the Red River Valley so they may continue the work they do for families in their time of need.

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  1. God bless your family. Our sympathy * prayers. Bette was such a great, ambitious, kind and sincere lady. So good to us whenever we were together. My only sadness is that we let time slip by without getting in touch. We did send and receive Christmas cards each year.
    She was truly a saint .

  2. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. God Bless.
    Cindi and Dwight Offerman

  3. We recall all the fun times we had when the Berg family would come to visit us on the farm and when we would go to Bismarck to visit them!
    We miss the good times we had growing up with a family that had such a gift as Bette.

    God bless you in your sorrow as you celebrate her life.
    Jerry and Gail Wilhelmi

  4. Our prayers to all the family, special hug to Steph. May the good Lord wrap his loving arms around you all during this time. Keep your memories of your mom close. God Bless.

  5. Very sorry to hear of the passing of Bette. Thinking of you as you bid farewell.

  6. I was so very sorry to hear about Aunt Bette. She was such a special lady – so sweet, pretty, smart, hard worker and loved her family with all of her heart. We exchanged Christmas cards every Christmas and I always remembered her birthday as mine is September 10th and her birthday was the 11th. Brian and I send our deepest sympathy and friendship to all of you. God Bless you and know we care. Losing our parents is such a difficult thing, no matter the age. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. With Much Love, Vonnie and Brian. (Bette knew me best as Vonnie) I will miss her.

  7. Sephanie, Marvis, Bob, & Dick and families
    My sincere heartfelt sympathy goes out to you all.
    God needed another special person.

    My love & prayers, Colly

  8. My condolences to you and your family on the loss of your dear loved one. Losing a loved one is a distressing and painful time. We have assurance from God’s word at Psalm 34:18 that he is near to those brokenhearted and he saves those crushed in spirit. It is my hope that your family will find strength to endure during the days ahead.

  9. Bette was the sweetest person . I have such wonderful memories of her her smile that lite up a room , and her sense of humor and laughter live on in all of her children . Been thinking of all of you . Hugs , love and prayers 🙏🏻

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