CONRAD Dr. Christian Edward Berg, 85, who practiced optometry in Conrad for 35 years, died of complications of Alzheimer's disease Friday, May 3.
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A vigil is 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Pondera Funeral Home. A funeral Mass is noon Thursday at St. Michael's Church in Conrad.
Dr. Berg was born May 26, 1927, in Hettinger, N.D. After graduating from Hettinger High School, he joined the U.S. Navy just before World War II ended. He attended Dickinson State College and graduated from Pacific University with a doctorate degree in optometry. He moved to Conrad on Jan. 1, 1954; his wife and three children arrived nineteen days later on the coldest Montana day on record (-70).
Dr. Berg was a member of Jaycees and the Lions Club. He served on the Conrad School Board and as vice-president of the Montana Optometric Association.
After retiring from optometry, he and his wife Dolores embarked on second careers as owner-operators of a new Super 8 Motel in Belen, N.M. They returned to Conrad in 1996. Over his long life, Dr. Berg enjoyed hiking, boating, golfing and playing cards.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 65 years, Dolores; his children, Laura (Bill), Scott, Michele, Michael (Karen), Karen, Kathy, Brian (Carrie), Tim and Chris (Jackie); sisters Peggy and Ann; grandchildren Ashlee, Simon, Shane, Blaine, Zeb, Dawson, Bridger and Cassidy; great-grandchildren Serena and Matthew; and numerous nieces and nephews.
His parents and sister Joyce preceded him in death.
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Pondera Funeral Home
302 S Main St Conrad, MT 59425
Published in Great Falls Tribune on May 7, 2013