Mildred Gross BERGER


News Death Notice

BERGER, Mildred Gross 96, passed away July 5, 2014 at Bridge Hospice, Bowling Green, OH. Mildred was born November 8, 1917 in Deep River, IA to Raymond and Harriett (Scovel) Gross, the second of two children. Mildred graduated from Grinnell High School in Grinnell, IA and earned her bachelor's degree in 1939 from Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, IA where she majored in English. She later earned her master's degree from Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH in 1962. After teaching English and History in Argyle, IA, she married Bernard George Berger in 1940 and they divorced in 1956. In 1940, Mildred taught grades 1 to 12 in a one-room school house near Champaign, IL. Mildred then was a stay-at-home mother until she accepted a teaching position in 1953 at George Rogers Clark Junior High School in Springfield, OH. Mildred later taught high school English at Springfield High School and at Springfield North High School until 1979 when she retired from a teaching career of 30 years. Mildred was most proud and committed to her roles of mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Her memory will be cherished by her daughter, Bonnie Gross Berger, 3 grandchildren: Bonnie Darlene (Jerry) Martens, Mindy Diane (Bill) White, and Stephen Phillip Casher, and 7 great grandchildren: Samantha, Josh, and Clay Martens; Rachel and Stephanie White; and Nakita and Nikoli Casher. Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, sister Elizabeth Gross Carpenter, her son Stephen Bernard Berger, and daughter-in-law, Linda Darlene Berger. She generously gave of her time, energy, and heart to her family and friends, and lived a full life. A devoted member of Central Methodist Church (now: Faith United Methodist Church) in Springfield, OH, Mildred taught Sunday school for more than 20 years and was a member of the Women's Circle, Susies, and her beloved bell choir. She was also a proud member of Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, the Fortnightly Musical Group, and the Senior Center in Springfield, OH. During retirement, she volunteered her time for more than 10 years in the gift shop of Mercy Hospital in Springfield, OH. Her favorite activities included creating needle point pillows, book club membership, and travels to Halifax, Copenhagen, Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, and many cities in the U.S. Mildred moved to Heritage Corner in Bowling Green, OH in 2007 to be closer to her daughter Bonnie Berger, a faculty member at BGSU. Here, she enjoyed the camaraderie of new friends and residents, and enthusiastically participated in crafts, church, and euchre groups. She lit up a room when she entered it, and her warmth, humor, and quiet love of life were contagious. The family extends heartfelt gratitude to the nursing staff and caregivers at Heritage Corner and Bridge Hospice for their loving care and support. A Graveside Service will be held on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 1:00 pm at Ferncliff Cemetery located in Springfield, Ohio. Arrangements by Dunn Funeral Home Bowling Green, Ohio. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in Mildred's memory to Faith United Methodist Church, 102 West High Street, Springfield, OH 45502. On-line condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.dunnfuneralhome.com

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Dunn Funeral Home
408 W. Wooster St. Bowling Green, OH 43402
419-352-2132

Published in Springfield News-Sun on July 24, 2014