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Dorothy Berger

Dorothy Berger, 95, died Monday, June 20, 2011 at Sheyenne Crossings in West Fargo.

Dorothy Adelle Osterdahl was born on April 27, 1916 at Bordulac, N.D. to Nels and Margaret Osterdahl.  She was raised in and attended high school in Clifford, N.D.   She received her teaching degree from Valley City State College.  Dorothy married Leif Erling (L.E.) Berger on August 14, 1938 at Fort Ransom, N.D. They made their home in West Fargo since 1938.

Dorothy taught elementary school and was music director in the Hunter and Marion, N.D. school districts. She played piano and organ at Faith Lutheran Church in West Fargo for decades. She was an accomplished musician who taught piano lessons to many children in the West Fargo area.

Dorothy was an active member of the North Dakota Democratic Party and had received several honors for her tireless campaigning efforts. She was involved in many church and community groups, as well as her bridge and Amita clubs.

Dorothy was an avid sports fan, paying special attention to the Twins, Vikings, and tennis. She was also a prolific reader, and had an incredible talent for solving the most difficult crossword puzzles, with a pen.

The Berger family wishes to acknowledge the loving friendship and support of Dorothy's long-time friend, Eileen Spitzer. We also want to acknowledge Dorothy's relationship with Solange de Carvalho, a foreign exchange student from Brazil who lived with the Berger family while she was a student at West Fargo High School. Dorothy had a very close relationship with Sola, and they stayed in contact on a regular basis.

She is survived by four children, John (Karen) Berger of San Diego, Calif., Michael (Barbara) Berger of Bloomington, Minn., Mary Firestone of St. Paul, and Robin (Mariko) Berger of Garden City, N.Y.; grandchildren, Joshua Berger, Kara Persson, Ryan Berger, Andrea Berger, Adam Firestone, Lewis Berger and step-granddaughter, Katie Kiester; great grandchildren, Ian, Tryg and Rhys Berger; and siblings, Helen Rhode and Evelyn Ramberg.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1997; a son, Joel in 1987; brother, Carrol Osterdahl; and sister, Joyce Cox.

Visitation: Visitation was last Friday, while the funeral service was Saturday at Faith Lutheran Church. Burial was held at Norman Lutheran Cemetery in rural Clifford.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations to be made to the Faith Lutheran Church Stained Glass Window Fund.

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