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Evelyn Berge "Sally" Casselman Obituary
Evelyn Ruth Berge was born on March 28, 1923 to parents Olaf K. Berge and Naime Nansen in Winger, Minnesota. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and attended High School in McIntosh, Minnesota, where she adopted the nickname "Sally" and graduated with the Class of 1940.
Evelyn Berge and Lloyd Casselman were married on January 25, 1943 on a break between semesters for Evelyn at St. Olaf College before Lloyd was deployed in June to New Guinea as a fighter pilot in the Army/Air Force. Michael William Casselman was born on November 30, 1943, followed by David Owen Casselman on October 22, 1946, Robin Naimi Casselman on February 22, 1949, and John Karsten Casselman on May 5, 1960. Mark Harold Burnett, Lloyd's pre-deceased sister's son, was also raised as part of the family.
Evelyn "Sally" Casselman enjoyed traveling as a military wife and shared many adventures stationed across the country, in Canada and in Japan with her husband and family. They finally put down roots in Highland, California in 1962 when Lloyd was stationed at Norton Air Force Base, and built a second home near Rosarito Beach, Baja California.
Evelyn Casselman also achieved a teaching career lasting 39 years until she retired at the age of 69 in 1992 from the San Bernardino School District as a teacher of English at San Gorgonio High School. She was always active in church music, beginning as a soloist with her mother at the piano in Winger, Minnesota, and as an organist and choir director herself for Peace Lutheran Church in Highland, California. It was also in Highland that Evelyn "Sally" began to develop her talents as a succulent gardener and weaver of rugs.
In 1994 she moved to Dana Point, California, and enjoyed several trips over the years with friends and relatives to destinations including Alaska, Norway, Canada and Peru. In Dana Point, she was also an active member of the local Daughters of Norway organization.
Throughout her lifetime, she was a loyal member of the McIntosh High School Class of 1940, writing letters to classmates and friends, and traveling to join several reunions, including the Centennial celebration of the founding of the village of Winger, Minnesota in 2004. In 2007 she moved into the home of Terry Pringle and Robin Casselman in San Juan Capistrano after a miraculous recovery from a 40-day stay in the hospital that started with a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. Her loyal dog and cat also moved in, and joined her as she listened to classical music and baseball on the radio, watched birds at their feeders through her bay window, and continued to read detective books from her favorite series, practically non-stop.
On Monday, May 7, 2012, at the age of 89 years, 1 month and 10 days, Evelyn "Sally" Casselman succumbed to complications from a bone-marrow lymphoma diagnosed in August 2011. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lloyd, who passed away in January 1985, by sons Michael and David in 1974 and 1996 respectively, nephew Mark Burnett in 2006, and by her one brother Karsten, who passed away in 2009 at the age of 79. Survivors include her daughter Robin of San Juan Capistrano, and her son John of Huntington Beach, as well as two granddaughters-Kimberly Casselman of Los Angeles and Kelly Casselman Wood of Petaluma, California-and four great grandchildren.
Graveside Service and Interment, Monday, May 14, 2012 - 1:00 pm at Montecito Memorial Park, Colton, California. Reception 2:00 to 3:30 pm at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, San Bernardino, California
Published in San Bernardino Sun on May 20, 2012
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