Funeral service for Vernona Berg, age 93, of Milaca, were on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 11 AM at Milaca Evangelical Free Church with Rev. Tom Sahlstrom officiating. Interment will follow at Borgholm Cemetery near Bock. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Music was provided by Donna Pearson and Norris Nelson. Casketbearers were Derek Berg, Henry Wessman, Jr., John Youngberg, Collin Myrlie, Alex White and Abbey Warren. Arr. Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home of Milaca.
Vernona Ruth (Wessman) Berg was born October 6, 1918 to Henry C. and Jessie M. Wessman on a farm near Dassel, MN. She moved with her family to Milaca in 1924, where she attended public school, graduating from Milaca High School in 1936. Vernona was united in marriage to Fred Berg on May 31, 1941 at her parents’ home. The couple resided in Milaca most of their lives. She worked part time for her father in the Mille Lacs County Register of Deeds Office after high school. She continued working at the Register of Deeds Office and in the early 1950’s, she became the full time deputy Register of Deeds. In 1972, she was elected as the Mille Lacs County Recorder, a position she held until November of 1982.
During retirement, the couple resided on Blackwater Lake near Longville, MN and in Milaca. Vernona was a former member of the Bock Evangelical Free Church, the Longville Bible Chapel, and most recently the Milaca Evangelical Free Church. She died on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at Milaca Elim Home.
She is survived by her sons, James (Jan) of Elk River and Jonathan (Trish) of Eastsound, WA; 5 grandchildren; 8 great-granddaugthers; 3 sisters and 1 brother.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred in 2008; her parents and 5 sisters.