Mary Ellen (Sedlock) Berg, 68, of Great Falls, a former legal secretary, died of natural causes Sunday, July 8, at her home.
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A celebration of her life is 11 a.m. Sunday, July 29, at Giant Springs State Park in Great Falls. Schnider Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Mary Ellen Sedlock was born on July 25, 1943, in Portland, Ore., to Joseph and Catherine (Skinner) Sedlock. She was raised in Great Falls. A very independent person, she managed to get a job washing dishes before she was legally allowed to. Shortly after graduating from Great Falls High School, she went on to get her secretarial certificate at the Great Falls Commercial College. She was hired at Phillips Petroleum (now Montana Refining) and worked for many years as a legal secretary for the Cascade County Attorney's office. She was very meticulous about the person, her job and her home.
She married Ralph "Tuffy" Berg in Great Falls in 1964. From that marriage, they had three children: Reese, Susann and Travis. They later divorced. Mary cherished her grandchildren and the time she had with them. She was very proud of her children and their accomplishments, as well as her grandchildren's accomplishments.
Mary enjoyed gardening, collecting cookbooks and recipes. When growing up, she participated in the Girl Scouts.
Mary is survived by her daughter, Susann Berg of Great Falls; son Reese (Rose) Berg of Graham, Wash., and their children, Michael, Kaylin and Chase Berg; son Travis (Sherry) Berg of Stanford and their children, Shaylee and Tuff Berg; sisters Elaine (Ron) Seaburg and Nadine (Dan) Thares of Great Falls; brother Michael (Karen) Sedlock of East Helena, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Catherine (Skinner) Sedlock and a brother, Robert Sedlock and his wife, JoAnn Sedlock.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made in Mary's name to the Easter Seals Society, 4400 Central Ave., Great Falls, MT 59405.
Condolences may be posted online at www.schniderfuneralhome.com and/or www.gftribune.com/obituaries.
Published in Great Falls Tribune on July 13, 2012