Estelle L. Berg 1926-2017

Estelle L. Berg

Estelle L. Berg, 91, of Ogema, passed away on May 8, 2017 at Country Gardens Assisted Living in Medford, surrounded by her family and under the care of Aspirus Hospice.
Estelle was born on Feb. 17, 1926 in Ogema to M. John and L. Pearl (Vinnedge) Cummings. She was raised on the family farm in Ogema and went to Jump River Elementary School and was a 1944 graduate of Phillips High School. Estelle married Eugene R. Berg in Frederic on June 15, 1944. Eugene was drafted in WWII and went to fight in Germany. Estelle worked at the munition factory in Baraboo during the war. They celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary on June 15, 2013. Eugene preceded her in death on Sept. 2, 2013. Estelle and Eugene stayed in Ogema, raising four children, while Eugene drove milk truck, worked at the Lumber Mill and eventually worked for the post office in Ogema. Estelle stayed home and raised the children and was a cook at the old Ogema School, and then the new school and Ogema Egg Plant. She was called the “Blanket Lady”. She made quilts and afghans for her family, nieces, nephews and many other friends. She loved sewing, cooking, gardening, crocheting and visiting. She was famous for her crocheted doilies and sold many of them. She enjoyed going to the casino and loved shopping.
Estelle is survived by two daughters, Karen (Gary) Berg of Westberg, Pat Barr of Ogema; daughter-in-law, Lois Berg of Ogema; grandchildren, Greg (Naomi) Barr, Angie (Glenn) Ericksen, Dawn (Fernando) Becerra, Dave (Kris) Mabie, Barb Lutzke, Daniel (Ashley) Berg and Jason (Jenna) Berg; great-grandchildren, Jeff, Nick and Chase Mabie, Michaela and Elicia Ericksen, Mycal Raleigh, Karenna Barr, Trevor and Kyle Lutzke and Ahnalie and Lena Berg, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is further preceded in death by her sons, Gary and Mike Berg. Estelle was the last of the Cummings and Berg side.
A memorial service for Estelle will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 27 at First Lutheran Church in Ogema with Rev. Dr. Bob Giese officiating. Burial of her cremated remains will follow at Hillside Cemetery. Her Grandson Greg Barr will serve as Urnbearer.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Estelle can be made to Ogema Volunteer Fire Company or First Lutheran Church of Ogema. Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at

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