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Betty Jean Berg

July 11, 1926 — February 12, 2022

Pine Island

Betty Jean Berg (95) of Pine Island, MN died February 12, 2022.  She was born on July 11, 1926 in Rochester, MN to the parents of Gerald Allen and Margarette Allen (Pollock).  She grew up during the Great Depression.  While her parents worked, she was in charge of raising her two brothers, cooking meals and doing chores. She went to Hawthorn Elementary in Rochester until the 6th grade, and then to a country school in Genoa, MN. During 9th and 10th grade, she worked for a family doing chores and she took care of a little boy for room and board while attending Central High School in Rochester.  She completed the 11th grade at Pine Island High School.

Betty married Palmer Berg on August 27, 1944.  They spent their lives on a dairy farm in Roscoe Township, also raising chickens, turkeys and capons. Betty made large dinners and would take lunch out to the fields during the busy times. She taught her six children to be self-sufficient and instilled in them a powerful work ethic. She was active in 4-H, loved attending her grandchildren’s sporting events and concerts.  Card making was her passion. Every holiday Betty would make cards for each resident at Pine Haven Care Center and include a handmade craft item or treat. She was a member of Lands Lutheran Church and very active in Ladies Aid and Circle. She taught Sunday School and Confirmation and her faith became a stronghold for her and she would do her “bible study” every morning and night.

Survivors include Children: Carol Peterman of Pine Island, Ron (Brenda) Berg of Fitzwilliam, NH, Glenn  (Marlene) Berg of Rochester, Marlys Rucker of Inver Grove Heights, Paul (Lisa) Berg of Kenyon and JoEllen Miller (Brett) of Byron and 1 Sister-in-Law Carol Moreland (Allen), 15 Grandchildren, 33 Great Grandchildren, and 8 Great Great grandchildren. She shared these numbers with great pride.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Husband Palmer, two brothers, Bob and Dick Allen, two Sister-in-laws and Son-in-law Ken Peterman.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 11AM at Lands Lutheran Church, Zumbrota, MN

Visitation will be Wednesday February 16, 2022 from 4:00pm - 7:00pm at Mahn Funeral Home, Larson Chapel - Zumbrota, MN and one hour prior to the service at Lands Lutheran Church

The family wishes to thank the caregivers at Pine Haven Care Center in Pine Island, MN for the wonderful care of our Mom. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Lands Lutheran Church’s Organ fund, Pine Haven Care Center or send to a charity of choice.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Wednesday, February 16, 2022

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Larson Chapel - Mahn Family Funeral Home

1475 Jefferson Drive, Zumbrota, MN 55992

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Funeral Service

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Lands Lutheran Church (Zumbrota)

16640 Highway 60 Boulevard, Zumbrota, MN 55992

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