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James O. Berge

Jun 01, 1934 - Sep 12, 2021


James O. Berge of Sheboygan passed away Sunday, September 12, 2021, at the age of 87. Jim was born in Sheboygan on June 1, 1934, to the late Orrin and Laura (Busse) Berge. He was a 1952 graduate of Central High School. Following graduation, Jim proudly served his country in the US Army from 1955-1957. On August 18, 1962, Jim was united in marriage to Carol (Wentz) Kober at Grace United Church of Christ in Kohler. Jim worked as a carpenter for Casper and A.C.E. Construction in Manitowoc and then for Quasius Bros. in Sheboygan until his retirement; he was a member of the local Carpenters Union. Jim was a member of First United Lutheran Church where he served as an usher and part of the yard crew. Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and playing sheepshead and cribbage. He and his father built a cottage up-north and he loved spending time there with family. Jim and Carol traveled throughout the continental United States and world travels included Jamaica, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Kenya, and most recently, a Danube River cruise from Bucharest to Budapest.
Survivors include his loving wife Carol, daughter Diane Berge of Sheboygan, son Brian (Julie) Berge of Cleghorn, WI, grandchildren Adam Roberts, Hannah Roberts, Derek Berge, Lindsay Berge, and a sister, Carol Holzwart of Cleveland. James was preceded in death by his parents, sister and brother-in-law June (Fred) Pagelow, and a brother-in-law George Holzwart.
Family and friends may gather at First United Lutheran Church, 2401 Kohler Memorial Drive, Sheboygan on Friday, September 17, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 12 noon. Pastor Todd Smith will officiate with Tina Kieckhafer assisting.
Masks will be required for the visitation and funeral.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jim’s name can be made to First United Lutheran Church, The Humane Society of Sheboygan County, The Salvation Army, or any charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be expressed at


Date: Friday Sep 17, 2021
Time: 10 a.m. until 12 noon
Location: First United Lutheran Church [map]

Memorial Service

Date: Friday Sep 17, 2021
Time: 12:00 p.m. noon
Location: First United Lutheran Church [map]



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Janice Schneider

Carol and family I am so sorry for your loss May God grant you comfort and peace. Janice Meise Schnedier

Scott A Rohde

Carol, Diane, Brian and families, I am so sorry to hear this news. My Mother called last night with this news. Jim was such a nice, kind man! I have fond memories of our picnics and also going up to the cottage grouse hunting when I was a kid. I will cherish the memories!