Neil B. Berger, age 95, of Hutchinson, Minnesota, passed away on Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at Fairview Southdale in Edina, Minnesota.
Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2023, at 12:00 P.M. (Noon) at Grace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, with interment in the Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson.
Gathering of Family and Friends will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials preferred to Grace Lutheran School Fund or donor’s favorite charity.
Neil Bernard Berger was born to Harry and Margaret (Abraham) Berger in Moltke Township, Sibley County, MN, on February 25, 1928. Neil was baptized at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Wellington Township, Renville County, MN. He confirmed his faith in Jesus at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Gibbon, MN. He married the love of his life, Donna Dickmeyer, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Fairfax, MN, on June 11, 1949. The Lord blessed them with almost 74 years of marriage.
Neil and Donna farmed on the Berger homestead in Moltke Township until their retirement in 1989, when they moved to Hutchinson, MN.
They were active members at the churches they attended: First Immanuel Lutheran in Gibbon, and then at Grace Lutheran in Hutchinson. While attending Immanuel Lutheran, Neil served joyfully on the church board as both an Elder and Board Member.
God blessed Neil and Donna with two children, Michael (Kettle Falls, WA) married to Deb Stark, and Sheila Waldman (St. Louis Park, MN) married to Brett Waldman.
Neil was a passionate farmer at heart. After retirement he would often drive to the farm enjoying every season and the changes to the land and crops that he so delighted in. He was a wealth of agricultural knowledge…and good common sense.
Neil and Donna enjoyed many winters in Arizona. They traveled the country loving the great U.S.A. and all the beauty that it holds. They enjoyed countless hours on the golf course where they met lifelong friends on the fairways and greens. These dear friends greatly enhanced their days.
Neil is survived by his wife Donna, his children and their spouses, Mike and Deb, and Sheila and Brett, along with extended family. Neil loved well, and he was well loved. He cherished all of his family and loved every opportunity to share precious time with his nieces, nephews and countless friends.
“Soft-hearted instead of hard-headed, that is what love is all about.” Author unknown.
Neil’s life reflected Ephesians 4:32 (NASB).
And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other,
just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
Jilene Framke says
So sorry for your loss. Our continued prayers to heal your broken hearts. Thankful for eternal life in Christ.
Love to you.
Charlene and Donny Forst says
Our sympathy to u Donna and Sheila. Such a nice man. God bless
Carole and Tim Bloom says
Dearest Sheila, Brett, and Bugatti, loved the read of your parents. His loving ways of adoration for your mom and friends and family mirrors what you have with friends and family. You were rich with love of family and this memory will never live on… love you all, Carole and Tim??
Jan Johnson says
Donna and family,I will miss Neil. He was a great man and I enjoyed waiting on him and the “boys”. I can imagine the card game going on in Heaven and all the conversation! You are loved Neil, until we all meet again….
Brian and Stefanie Vaughan says
Sheila and Brett, grace and peace to you and your family. So sorry for your loss but rejoice with you as your father experiences Heaven. Bless you.
The Velgersdyks: Jason, Sandi, Sunny,Caleb says
What a beautiful reflection of your dad’s life. And a wonderful legacy … Eph. 4:32!
We are praying for your family!
So grateful that he knew his Lord & Savior.
We love you guys!