Born: April 19, 1915
Died: April 25, 2013
Ruth Evelyn (Danielson) Berg went home to God on Wednesday, April 25, 2013. She was preceded in death and now reunited with her loving husband Alvin Berg; parents Andrew and Bertha (Rydell) Danielson; and her sisters Alice O’Leary and Pearl Joy. Ruth is survived by 3 daughters, Sharla (Thom) Blischok, Susan (Kelly Cramer) Stafford and Sharee (Rory Overbaugh) Ames; 9 grandchildren, Michael (Andrea) Stafford, Chad (Tiffany) Stafford, Shawn (Alyssa Boreen) Stafford, Jennifer (Jamie) Hill (nee Ames), Chris (Melissa) Ames, Alisha (Scott Duryea) Blischok, Josh Cramer, Cassie (Cramer) Qualle, and April Overbaugh; and 9 great-grandchildren Justin Ylonen, Payton Stafford, Brandon Stafford, Arabella Stafford, Brayden Stafford, Lily Qualle, Lexie Qualle, Maverick Hill, and Ellie Ames.
Ruth was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 19, 1915. The family moved to the Frederic/Atlas, Wisconsin area where Ruth was raised and met her high school sweetheart, Alvin Berg, graduated from High School in 1934 and married on December 30, 1944.
From early on, music played a large role in Ruth’s life. As a teen, she sang in choir and performed duets with her sister Pearl. She once received an ‘Outstanding Rating” from a competitive singing competition at River Falls State College and was cast in the role of Katharina in “Taming of the Shrew.” Her love of music followed her throughout her life as she joined the Po-Co Notes Sweet Adeline group, a competitive singing group. In later years, she enjoyed Country Line Dancing and also participated in the Fridley Alley Cats, a senior band that went around entertaining other seniors. One of Ruth’s proudest moments was performing on her Hawaiian guitar in front of 80,000 people at the Chicago Music Festival in Soldier’s Field.
Ruth was a devoted wife and mother but in addition to those responsibilities, she worked for 7 years at Land O Lakes, was a cook at the high school in Frederic, Wisconsin and retired from Honeywell in 1980, after being employed there 15 years.
Ruth was active for many years with the Pilgrim Lutheran Church teaching Sunday school and singing. After moving to Fridley, MN she became involved with the Saint Phillip’s Church Social Service group, which helped young people.
Ruth was a tireless spectator at her grandchildren’s sporting and school events. It didn’t matter what the sport or where –she was always cheering on her grandkids. She was there for them climbing bleachers, walking across 50 soccer fields in the heat, sitting in ice cold arenas to watch hockey, and traveling to AZ for softball games. She had many adopted hockey players and was so proud when they thought she was a “cool” grandma. She enjoyed watching her grandkid’s sports, but she also was an avid fan of the Wild and the Minnesota Twins.
Ruth was never afraid to learn something new and in her late 50’s she joined the painter’s guild. She became a talented china painter, painting porcelain lamps, plates, face pins and dolls. Her specialty was painting roses.
Ruth loved to travel and a favorite activity of hers was to plan the family camping trips and then tell stories about those travels. She travelled to Hawaii, Tortola, and she even walked on a glacier in Alaska.
Ruth will be missed especially those beautiful dancing blue eyes and her contagious smile and giggle. All whose lives have been touched and blessed by her know that she lived her life bringing happiness into the lives of others. Her enthusiasm for life was contagious and she lived her life to the fullest. She was truly an incredible person--caring, kind, and always fun.
Ruth Berg was a special mom, a special grandma, a special great grandma, and a friend to so many. Her poem lives on in all of us.
Have you made someone happy today,
Even though it meant going out of your way?
Have you made someone’s burden easier to bear,
By showing them that you really care?
How wonderful it would be if we followed this advice,
Never say or do anything unless it was nice.
By making someone happy today,
It might bring happiness into your life someday.
Ruth E. Berg
The Visitation will be on Monday, April 29 at 10:00 a.m. and the Celebration of Life Service will be at 11:00 at the Blaine Methven-Taylor Funeral and Cremation Care, 10235 University Avenue Northeast, Blaine, Minnesota.