Monday, Dec. 31, 2012

Margaret B. Berg, 87, of Hopedale, formerly of Morton, died at 7:10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at Hopedale Hospital.

She was born Feb. 17, 1925, in Henry to Benjamin and Kathryn (Davis) Morris. She married George L. Berg on Sept. 25, 1943, in Chillicothe.

Surviving are her husband of Hopedale; two sons, Robert Berg of St. Helens, Mich., and Timothy (Helen) Berg of East Peoria; two daughters, Linda Schmidt of Greers Ferry, Ark., and Carol (James) Paluska of Morton; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Kenneth (Rayona) Morris of Monroe, Wis.

She was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Carol Berg; three brothers; and three sisters.

Margaret worked as a receptionist for Dr. Lester Smith, D.D.S. in Morton for many years. She also was a self-employed seamstress in Morton for 20 years, retiring in 1985.

She was of the Catholic faith and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hopedale.

Cremation will be accorded. A memorial Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hopedale. Monsignor Timothy Nolan will officiate. Visitation will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial of the cremated remains will be in Roberts Cemetery in Morton.

Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton is handling arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 Taps Lane, Pekin, IL 61554 or to the Morton Fire Department, 300 W. Courtland St., Morton, IL 61550.

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