Tempest Barbara Berg

Tempest Barbara Berg

Barbara was born in Valley City, North Dakota on July 29,1925 and passed away on April 17,2017.
Barbara was the daughter of Edward and Susan Klein and younger sister to Joan. The family moved to Minneapolis after graduation from high school. She met and married Ralph in 1945 and they were married for 61 years until Ralph’s death in 2006. They moved to the Village of Brooklyn Center where they raised their three children, Timothy, Susan and Geraldine. Barbara worked as a photographer’s darkroom tech for many years She also loved volunteering for her children’s school activities, Tim’s baseball, the girls’ dancing classes and Girl Scouts. Barbara was also active in the Brooklyn Center American Legion where she served as President of the Lady’s Auxiliary.
In 1973 Ralph and Barbara built their dream home on Birch Lake in Elk River. After retiring, they spent many winters in Texas until they settled down in Elk River where they volunteered with the R.S.V.P. and the Elk River Chamber of Commerce for many years.
Barbara and Ralph enjoyed entertaining at their Birch Lake home, fishing, playing cards and going to dances. Barbara also loved to cook, crafting, jewelry making, crocheting and especially making lefse every Christmas with Ralph, Susan and Ruth. She made many afghans and baby blankets, which she would give away to family and friends. It always delighted her to give someone a gift. She especially enjoyed baking cookies, cakes and her specialty each Christmas – her famous fruit cake – which she would wrap beautifully and then give to someone special.
Barbara moved to Annandale in 2012 to be closer to Susan and Michael, and enjoyed many BBQ’s and boat rides on Pleasant Lake with her family.
Barbara is preceded in death by her husband Ralph, son Timothy, daughter Geraldine, her parents, and her sister Joan.
She is survived by her daughter Susan and son-in-law Michael Carlson and special honorary daughter Ruth; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Memorial service at the United Methodist Church of Elk River on Friday, April 28 at 10 a.m. Private Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

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