Wisconsin Rapids Deanery

of the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin

Father Donald M. Berg 

Father Donald M. Berg, 90, Edgar, was born to eternal life on Thursday, February 6, 2014, at Rennes Health and Rehab Center, Weston, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.

Donald M. Berg was born on October 9, 1923, in Edgar, son of the late Oscar and Edna (Straub) Berg. He attended St. John Catholic School, Edgar, and after completing grade school, he attended St. Lawrence Seminary High School, completed two years of college at Mount Calvary and two years of philosophy at St. John's University, Collegeville, Minn. In 1944, he attended St. Mary's Seminary, Baltimore, Md., and finished an accelerated four-year course in 1947.

He was ordained by Bishop John Patrick Treacy at St. Joseph Cathedral in La Crosse on March 22, 1947. His first assignment was at St. Patrick's Parish, Eau Claire. Father Don was appointed to St. Mary's, Tomah, and St. Andrew's, Warrens, in 1948.

In 1951, he was stationed at Holy Name Parish, Wausau, and was on the first faculty of Newman High School. Father Don was temporarily appointed to St. Louis, Dorchester, in 1956 and later St. Stephen's, Chili. In October of that year, he was appointed to St. Anthony's, Cazenovia, where he stayed until 1958. At that point, he was given a temporary assignment at St. Mary's, Auburndale, before he received his first parish at St. James, Camp Douglas, and St. Michael's, Indian Creek. While there, he was appointed and served for four years as chaplain in the Air National Guard, Truax Field, Madison. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force Reserves on June 16, 1972.

In 1967, Father Don went to St. Mary's, Stanley, and a few years later, to St. Ann's, Stanley, the two parishes were consolidated into Holy Family Parish. After four years, he was appointed to Corpus Christi, Bakerville, and one year later to St. Wenceslaus, Milladore.

In 1980, Father Don was appointed to St. Therese, Rothschild, until 1989 when he was transferred to St. Joachim's, Pittsville, and also served Martyrs Chapel, Spalding/City Point.

On July 6, 1999, he was granted status of Senior Priest and at that time moved back to his boyhood home in Edgar. Father Berg was a very humble and dedicated priest, and after his retirement enjoyed spending time in the parishes of Central Wisconsin to provide backup relief to the current pastor.

Among his many involvements through the years, Father served as moderator of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, was chaplain for the Knights of Columbus Sacred Heart Council No. 4628, Schofield, and also served as faithful navigator for the Knights of Columbus Pere Rene Menard General Assembly No. 1449, Wausau.

Survivors include two sisters, Dottie Kelm, St. Paul, Minn., Sylvia (Bill) Fergot, Edgar; three brothers, Norbert (Marilyn) Berg, St. Paul, Minn., Marvin (Audrey) Berg, Gays Mills, and David (Darlene) Berg, Edgar; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Elaine and Paul Winkler; a brother, Tom Berg; and a brother-in-law, Douglas Kelm.

The Funeral Mass was celebrated February 12, 2014, at St. John the Baptist Church, Edgar. The Most Rev. William P. Callahan, Bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse presided along with the priests of the diocese. Burial was in the parish cemetery. Military honors were conducted by the Edgar American Legion Post No. 393 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 10187.  

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