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Leah Berg, 1923-2019

Leah (Routh) Berg was born Jan. 19, 1923, in Waseca County, the daughter of Cyrus and Ollie (Hogenkamp) Routh. She was united in marriage to Harlan Berg June 12, 1940, in northern Iowa, sharing more than 73 years before Harlan died in 2013. Leah and Harlan made their life on a farm near New Richland, where they raised their family and she worked beside him. She also worked at EF Johnson in Waseca for more than 15 years. She was a member of First Congregational Church in New Richland where she had been active with the church women’s group. Throughout their life Leah and Harlan enjoyed dancing at the Eagles Club, camping and wintering in Arizona for more than 20 years. They retired from farming in 1984, moved to Hartland and then in 2008 moved to New Richland. 

Leah Berg

Leah died peacefully Saturday, March 2, 2019, at New Richland Care Center.

Leah is survived by nine children, Wayne Curtis (Suzanne) Berg of Mesa, Arizona, Gary Lee(Lorraine) Berg of Mesa, Kay LaVonne (Pat) Adams of Owatonna, Rodney Harlan Berg (special friend, Pam) of Albert Lea, Neil Robert (Bobbi) Berg of Kirbyville, Missouri, Larry Dean (Mary) Berg of rural Hartland, Bruce Alan (Patty) Berg of rural New Richland, LaJean Carol (Jim) Westeng of rural Clarks Grove and Burton Dale (Connie) Berg of New Richland; 27 grandchildren; 65 great-grandchildren; 19 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Jean (Keith) Wilkenson, of Red Wing; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Cyrus and Ollie Routh; her husband, Harlan, in 2013; granddaughter, Lynn Newman; great-grandson, Steven Batt; great-granddaughter, Etta Mae Ross; grandson-in-law, David Shearman; siblings Mary and her husband, Johnnie Walley, Alden Routh and his wife, Lilly, Ray Routh and his wife, Dorothy, Rex Routh and his wife, Annie, Glen Routh and his wife, Alma, and Floyd Routh and his wife, Elsie; and father-in-law and mother-in-law William and Esther Berg.

A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. May 12 at First Congregational Church in New Richland. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. May 11 at Friedrich/Bonnerup Funeral Home in New Richland. Her final resting place will be St. Olaf Cemetery in New Richland. In lieu of flowers or plants, memorials are suggested to First Congregational Church in New Richland.