Mona Berke

Mona Marie Berke, 95, of Victoria, Minn., and formerly of Minot and Max, peacefully passed away June 10, 2013, in a Minnesota hospital.

Mona was born March 11, 1918, in Minot, to Clark and Ella (Bivins) Streeper. She graduated from Max High School in 1935. As a young adult she was employed on the family farm and as a housekeeper in Minot.

Mona married Milan Berke on Sept. 2, 1937, in Bottineau. They made their home on a farm near Max. They were blessed with six children. After Milan passed away, Mona moved into Max and later to Minot. Mona moved to Emerald Crest Memory Care in Victoria, Minn., in April 2012.

Mona belonged to Our Savior Lutheran Church, Max, and its Ladies Aid. She was a member of the Moose Lodge, Senior Citizens and a charter member of Sunnyslope Homemakers Club. She especially enjoyed traveling, gardening, baking, embroidery, reading, playing cards and bingo.

Mona’s loving family includes: her children, Carole (Howard) Bickle, of Johnson Valley, Calif., Janet Carlson, of Excelsior, Minn., Marvin (Susan) Berke, of Plymouth, Minn., Mary (Terrance) Williams, of Garden Grove, Calif., Linda (Larry) Peterson, of Brooklyn Park, Minn., and Denise Krebsbach (George Babcock), of Garrison; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; half brother, Eugene Streeper, of Minot; and stepbrother, Ember Sveum, of Minot.

Mona was preceded in death by her husband, Milan; parents, Ella and Even Sveum, Clark Streeper; brother, Claude Streeper; stepbrothers, Glenard and Kerchief Sveum; sons-in-law, Quintan Nustad, David Krebsbach and Lowell Carlson; and granddaughters, Ann Marie Krebsbach, Marle (Williams) Lenertz and Debra Nustad.

Celebration of the Life of Mona Berke: Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 11 a.m. in Our Savior Lutheran Church, Max. A memorial service celebrating Mona’s life also was held in St. James Lutheran Church in Crystal, Minn.

Interment: Will be in Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Max.

Visitation: Today, June 14, from 3 to 7 p.m., at Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot, and Saturday, one hour prior to the service, in the church in Max.

Memorials: Are preferred to Our Savior Lutheran Church, Max.

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