Ethel Murphy Berge

Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Longtime Juneau resident Ethel Murphy Berge, 92, died July 12, 2003, in Santa Ana, Calif., from congestive heart failure.

She was born July 15, 1911, in Chicago, Ill. She moved to Juneau in the summer of 1945 and lived there until 2000, when she moved to California to be closer to her family.

She was a second-grade teacher in Juneau. She retired from teaching in 1965. She was married to Clifford A. Berge on May 27, 1978. They enjoyed 21 years of marriage. They had homes in Douglas Island and Laguna Hills, Calif. They divided their time between the two residences.

She was an active member of PEO, Chapter D. In 2001, she was awarded an Honorary Membership Certificate from the Bartlett Hospital Guild for her many years of service to the Hospital Guild. She and her husband were supporters of the Juneau Symphony.

Her family and friends said she was a devoted wife, dedicated teacher, avid bridge player, loved to travel, loved the outdoors, had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed, most, the time spent with family and friends.

She is survived by her nephews and nieces and their families in California: John Murphy of Pismo Beach, Jere Murphy of Orange, Sue Quick of Escondido and Mary Peterson of Monrovia; and sisters-in-law, Thelma Blegen of Chicago and Doris Murphy of Monrovia, California.

A family service was held July 18 in Tustin, Calif.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Juneau Symphony, P.O. Box 011236, Juneau, AK 99802 or to Northern Light United Church, 400 11th St., Juneau, AK 99801.

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