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Roman B. Berg
1928 - 2018
Roman B. Berg, 89, of Watertown, passed away on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Clearview Nursing Home in Juneau. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Henry Catholic Church in Watertown with Father Patrick Wendler officiating. Burial with graveside military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post #189 and will take place in the parish cemetery. Family and friends may gather at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed toward the St. Henry Catholic School Annual Fund, for tuition assistance.
Roman Benjamin Berg was born on Dec. 10, 1928, in Watertown, the son of Joseph and Esther (nee Uecker) Berg. He was a 1946 graduate of Watertown High School. Roman served in the United States Marine Corps from 1946-1948. While in the Marines he excelled at boxing and went on to earn Golden Gloves recognition as the 1947 champion in the 168-172 pound weight class. After his time in the service he returned to Watertown, where he worked several jobs before landing a position with Wisconsin Telephone as a repairman and service technician. He worked at several locations including Fort Atkinson and Jefferson, and retired from Wisconsin Telephone Company after 33 years of dedicated service. He was a lifelong member of St. Henry Catholic Church in Watertown, along with membership in the American Legion Post #189, Izaak Walton League and the American Telephone Pioneers. As for leisure activity, Roman thoroughly enjoyed hunting, fishing and working in the outdoors, especially around his rural property and cabin, where he lived for over 50 years.
All who knew Roman were well aware of his passion and drive for accomplishing things he set his mind to. Not one to sit around long, he embarked on a new career once retired of building and managing quality apartments on the east side of Watertown, off of East Gate Drive and Oconomowoc Avenue. This endeavor took several years and was a source of great pride to him, knowing that the land for these rentals came from his Uncle Tonyís farm off Highway 16 and the fact that he never had a vacancy during his years of taking care of the property. This same determination served him well in overcoming serious health conditions earlier in life, only to be eventually slowed down by Parkinsonís disease in his later years. In living his life, Roman showed others what can be achieved when perseverance and hard work are applied on daily basis.
He is survived by his four nephews, Raymond (Darlene), Dennis (Cheryl), Kenneth (Sheri), Thomas (Lisa) Berg and other relatives and friends.
Roman was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Marie and his brothers Raymond and John. He is the last surviving member of his immediate family.
The family of Roman would like to thank the staff of Golden Living of Watertown, Marquardt Manor of Watertown and Clearview Nursing Home of Juneau for their professional care and loving support over the past seven years.
Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service 611 E. Main St. Watertown
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