Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2000

Clifford A. Berge

Longtime Juneau resident Clifford A. Berge died April 20, 2000, in Bellevue, Wash., from complications following a stroke.

He was born May 19, 1909, in Chicago. He moved to Juneau in the summer of 1959 and lived here until his death.

Berge was the founder of the Juneau Symphony. A music teacher, he played in the 1934 Chicago World's Fair, the Duluth Symphony and the Chicago Civic Orchestra before moving to Juneau. He taught music in Illinois, Minnesota and the Juneau School District. He retired in 1973, but continued teaching privately for many years.

He was also the founder of the Retired Teachers' Association and a member of the Masonic Lodge, Shriners, Pioneers of Alaska and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

His family writes that he was a kind and gentle man, fun to be around, with a keen sense of humor and a passion for music.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years Ethel Berge of Juneau, sister Thelma Blegen of Chicago and son Clifford Berge Jr., of Mt. Vernon, Wash.

Services will be held at 4 p.m. May 2 at Northern Light United Church.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Northern Light United Church, 400 11th Street, Juneau, Alaska, 99901 or to The Juneau Symphony, P.O. Box 021236, Juneau, Alaska, 99802.

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