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Eileen Mach Berg

Oct. 25, 1922 - May 7, 2012

Eileen Berg, formerly of San Pedro, passed away on May 7, at the age of 89 in Palo Alto, CA. Eileen grew up in the small town of Tabor, South Dakota. She was active in 4-H and won a trip to Chicago from the Chicago Mail Order for the clothing she designed and sewed. She was a great advocate for education and was proud that she and all four of her siblings received a college education despite the hardships of the Great Depression. She graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in home economics and taught in the Indian Service in Colorado on a reservation teaching Navaho and Sioux. From Colorado Eileen followed her dream to move to New York City where she became a fashion model. After War War II, while in New York, she reunited with her college sweetheart, Wallace (Wally) Berg who pursued an MBA at Columbia University. They got married and moved to Southern California, eventually settling in San Pedro and then Rancho Palos Verdes where they raised four children. Always devoted to her family and encouraging education, Eileen volunteered in the schools and as a Girl Scout leader. After Wally died, Eileen eventually moved to Palo Alto. Eileen traveled extensively throughout Europe and especially Czechoslovakia. Her passion was folk dancing and traveling abroad to see many folk dance festivals. She loved hiking and traveling with family and hosted family adventures to see Machu Picchu, Peru, and to hike in Australia and New Zealand and Europe. She believed in volunteering for causes (hers was medical research and she participated in many research projects at UCLA and Stanford). She loved music and studied voice at Columbia and sang in Pro Musica groups and church choirs. Eileen is survived by four children, Alan Berg, Brian Berg, Cara Rudolf and Donna Noyman; eleven grandchildren, one great grandchild. Eileen will be remembered for her courage, her drive to learn and explore, and her devotion to family. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on May 12, 2012
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