OBITUARY OF MRS. CAROLINA BERG
Mrs. Carolina Berg one of the oldest pioneer residents of this
locality has gone to her heavenly reward, passing away at her
home in Wheeler township, Friday evening, October 13, 1933, at
the ripe old age of 95 years, 6 months and 23 days.
For her advanced age, Mrs. Berg had been in unusual good health
up to her passing when she suffered from a slight stroke which
gradually ended her life upon earth.
Mrs. Carolina Sofia Berg nee, Ekstrom, was born March 21, 1838
at Linkoping, Ostergothland, Sweden. In the year 1864 she was
united in marriage to Charles F. Berg. They sailed from Sweden
in 1869 when they first settled at La Porte, Indiana. A year later
they moved to Moingone, Boone, county, Iowa, where they resided
for about eight years coming to Wheeler township, Sac County,
Iowa in 1878 and which has since been her home, making her a resident
of Wheeler township for more than 55 years. Her husband preceded
her in death in the year 1916. They were among the early settlers
here and suffered many hardships. They labored hard and patiently
to make a home for their family, desiring to give their children
the comforts and conveniences that they were denied.
Since the death of her husband, Mrs. Berg continued to reside
on their homestead with her youngest son Martin with her. He has
given his mother the most tender and loving care that loving hands
can do for only a mother. His mother was always first in his thoughts.
little things and deeds that made her delightful and happy, he
always did for her. The other children and grandchildren who reside
in this locality went often to Grandmother Berg to help wait on
her and to have a cheerful visit. Many are the testimonies of
what delight it was to visit her, so congenial and cheerful and
jovial with her many friends. She was so alert and active up to
the very last. She kept up her correspondence with her children
from a distance until past ninety. She enjoyed long letters and
kept in touch with local and general news through the papers.
She was a constant reader of her denominational paper, "The
Augustana" having been a faithful and active member of the
Bethel Lutheran church since 1879. She lived a beautiful Christian
life as her many friends bear testimony to. She was a liberal
contributor to religious and missionary causes as well as was
her desire to always help those about her in need. She was a charter
member of the Betel Ladies Aid and although she was not able to
attend of her late years, she always remembered her contributions.
The memory and deeds of so devout a Christian will live long with
her near and dear ones and throughout the community.
Brief services were held from the home Wednesday afternoon and
from the Bethel Lutheran church at 2:00 o'clock. Rev. Palmer Nestander
of Alta assisted by the Bethel Pastor, Rev Erland Borg, conducted
the services. Owing to the fact that Rev. Borg is just recovering
from a severe illness. The church was filed with friends who came
to pay their last respect to such a beloved woman as did also
the many beautiful flowers bespeak in their silence. Reuben Lindskoog
sang a solo in Swedish. A vocal duet to Mrs. Joe Filjegren of
Harcourt and Mrs. Clara Farley of Boone, and a vocal duet by Bayard
Lundell and Herbert Reed.
Six children survive their mother, Amanda, Mrs. P. G. Lundell,
Mathilda, Mrs. S. Stolt, Chas. O. and Martin all of Kiron. Edward
H. of Coeur D'Alene, Idaho and Annie, Mrs. S. Samuelson of Lemmon,
South Dakota one son and one daughter died when quite young. She
leaves 33 grandchildren and 40 great grandchildren and a host
of other relatives and friends. She was borne to her last resting
place by six grand sons, Jennings and Frank Berg, George, Martin,
Edmund and Harold Lundell. The grandchildren sang a hymn at her
grave, Interment was made beside her husband in the Bethel cemetery.
All the children were present at the funeral.
Those from a distance attending the funeral were, Mr. and Mrs.
Joe Liljegren and son Kenyon of Harcourt, Mrs. Clara Farley of
Boone, Mr. and Mrs. H. Benson, and Mrs. Arvid Larson and daughter
of Marathon, and Ernest Ekstrom of Sioux City.
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