James Berg

james berg
James Allen Berg, age 84, of Fargo, ND, passed away Friday, October 20th, 2017 at the downtown Sanford Hospital just blocks from his childhood home. Jim was born January 23rd, 1933 to Sam and Hannah Berg. He attended Horace Mann Grade School, and graduated from Central High School in 1950. He obtained a Math and Business degree from Concordia College, and continued support for his Alma Mater by being an original C-400 member, and contributing to the new football field. After college, he was drafted into the Army, and served in Korea. Jim grew up in the first lake cabin on Lake Maud. Stories of fishing, strawberry picking, and helping neighbor farmers were frequent. In autumn, pheasant and duck hunting were weekend rituals, which took young Jim all over North Dakota. Steen & Berg Company was established by the late Sam Berg and his partner Gus Steen in 1916. Jim and his late brother completely took over the business after Sam’s death in 1968. Pride and heart kept the business running for over 100 years, and Jim was happiest sitting in his office chair chatting with every customer. Never retiring, Jim worked until late August. On January 9th, 1960, Jim married Ann Lang, whom he met as a customer at the Main Avenue location. He liked to joke that he met his wife by accident. Together they brought up 3 children on 9 ½ Street North, and bought his own lake cabin for his children’s memories on Devil’s Lake near Perham, MN. Ann reminisces, “What a wonderful husband he was, and caring for his family.” Jim was a long time member of Toastmasters International, flipped pancakes for Kiwanis, and ate lunch at Sons of Norway. He donated to various organizations such as Arthritis Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Special Olympics, and supported local schools and baseball/softball teams. Jim will be missed by his family, friends and poodle Charlotte. Jim is preceded in death by his parents Sam and Hannah, siblings Charlotte Anne Fitzpatrick and Robert William “Bill” Berg, nephew Soren Berg, great-nephew Scott Rost. Jim is survived by his wife Ann Marie, children Karl (Carol) Berg, Kevin Berg, & Katherine Berg of Fargo, ND, grandchildren Amy Berg of Philadelphia, PA, and Jenna Berg of Galway, Ireland, dog Charlotte, and many nieces and nephews. Visitation 6pm-7pm Thursday, October 26th, 2017 with a Prayer Service 7pm Thursday, October 26th, 2017 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. The Funeral Mass will be at 2pm Friday, October 27th, 2017 at Holy Spirit.

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  1. Anne, Karl, Kevin and Katherine, I am so sorry the news of Jim, He meant the world to us and he will be missed, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families with many hugs
    Harvey Penny Dustin and Cameron

  2. Ann and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Jim is a great man with a big heart and fun to play pinochle with. Jim was fun to be with. He will be dearly missed. Prayers are with you and your family.

  3. Karl and family, we loved reading about your dad and know that with a wonderful son like you, he was also a wonderful man and father. Our deepest sympathy to you and your entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time! Diane and Glen Rieck

  4. Dear Berg family. You are in our thoughts in prayers In this trying time.James was such a wonderful man and such funny to visit with.

  5. Anne, Karl, Kevin and Katherine I am so sorry for your loss what a wonderful man and friend to all. After working for Jim and Steen & Berg for over 50 years Don is so blessed to have known Jim all those years he loved him deeply and is thankful for all the things Jim taught him and did for him to help him along in life.
    Bless your family and bless you Jim Berg we love you !
    Dee & Don Faus

  6. I’m sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jim. I’ll keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Steen & Berg has always been a trustworthy body shop in Fargo. If anyone had there car repaired by them ,it was always done right. Take care and God bless.

  7. Sorry to hear of Jims passing. Did business with him for many years,always enjoyed visiting with him and talking about hunting pheasents.

  8. Sorry to Hear about Jim’s Passing. The Resler’s Send the deepest condolences to the family knowing Jim’s kids at Shanley and doing business with Steen and Bergs over the years. God Speed Jim thanks For all the good work and friendship.

  9. I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was such a kind person and I will always have fond memories of him and spending time with the Berg family in their home, lake cabin and the shop. Much love to Ann, Katherine, Karl & Kevin and family. No doubt such a wonderful man will be greatly missed.

  10. Anne, Karl, Kevin and Katherine so sorry to hear of Jims passing the world lost a great man. I’m glad I got to
    visit with him when I did. So sorry for your loss .

  11. I have wonderful memories of Jim from Steen and Berg visits. He always took the time to visit and was so personal.
    Several years ago when Jim was “flipping pancakes” at the Kiwanis, my 6 year old grandson said that he must be really working hard because he has to have oxygen. Jim got a real kick out of that as did I.

    Treasure his wonderful memory. Rest in peace dear friend Jim.

  12. So sorry for your loss, Jim was such a great man and was great friends with my mom and dad for many years! Your in my thoughts and prayers.

  13. What a great guy! I so thoroughly enjoyed him. He reminded me of my own father. I will miss him.
    Peace to you and your family as you grieve his loss.
    I pray you feel a sense of God’s comfort.

  14. I,m sorry to hear the loss of Jim. I remember him as a really good neighbor and enjoyed spending time with his family at there lake cabin. He will be missed. My deepest condolences to the Berg family.

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