January 31, 1938 - October 14, 2018
Joseph E. Berger,
Age 80, of St. Rt. 49, New Weston, passed away Sunday afternoon, October 14, 2018, at the State of the Heart Hospice Care Center in Greenville, Ohio, following a brief battle with lung cancer. He was born January 31, 1938, in Yorkshire, Ohio, to the late Edmund and Mary (Christian) Berger. On November 14, 1959, at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Newport, Joseph married Treva (Brunswick) Berger, his beloved wife of 58 years, who survives. Also surviving are seven children: Linus & Barb Berger of Waynesville, Barbara & Chris Lachat of Greenville, Andrew & Kim Berger of Ansonia, Joyce & Jeff Hartings of Maria Stein, Deborah & Jeff Jackson of St. Ignatius, MT, Norma & Jay Hein of Chickasaw and Stephen & Linda Berger of Yorkshire; 23 grandchildren (& 3 dec.) and 18 great-grandchildren (& one dec.): six siblings: Marjorie & Gene Speelman of Sidney, Bill & Janice (dec.) Berger of Osgood, Bob & Shirley Berger of North Star, Patricia & Paul (dec.) Knapke of Versailles, Elizabeth Hassenauer & Robert Lake of Columbus, and Madonna & Terry Winner of Greenville; sisters & brothers-in-law: Mary & Marlin (dec.) Coverstone of Sidney, Maurice R. (dec.) & Marianne Brunswick of Osgood, Alberta & Norman (dec.) Behr of Fort Loramie, Gerald & Joan Brunswick of Anna, Sandra & Don Otte of Gainesville, TN and Donna & Don Mertz of Chickasaw along with numerous nieces & nephews.
Mr. Berger was a 1956 graduate of Versailles High School. He served in the US Army immediately following the Korean War and had been stationed in Hawaii. Joe was retired from interstate semi- truck driving. He owned his own tractor and primarily hauled goods for Teamsters companies, Cooper Jarrett and Jones Transfer. Years ago he had been employed at various factories. Joe was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church. In his leisure, Joe enjoyed managing their family campground. He was also known to be handy at repairing things for his family and neighbors.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM, Thursday, October 18, 2018, at St. Nicholas Church in Osgood with Rev. David L. Zink presiding. Interment will follow at St. Martin's Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday 3:00 to 8:00 PM and Thursday 9:00 to 10:00 AM at Gehret Funeral Home in Fort Loramie. Memorials may be made to State of the Heart Hospice or Dayton Children's Hospital. Private condolences may be expressed at www.gehretfuneralhome.com.