Elizabeth Berry of Mora, died on Sat. Oct. 4, 2014 at St. Benedict’s Senior Community of St. Cloud. She was 91 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am. on Friday, Oct. 10, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora.
MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held on Thursday, from 5-7 pm. at St. Mary’s Church and one hour prior to the service on Friday.
INURNMENT will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Mora, MN.
Mary Elizabeth “Liz” Berry age 91 years, 4 months, died at St. Benedicts Nursing Home, St. Cloud Minnesota, on Saturday, October 4, 2014. The cause of death was Alzheimer’s.
Born on June 4, 1923 to Peter “Pete” and Charlotte “Lottie” (Phalen) Quinn at home, Manila, Haakon County, South Dakota. She was the third born of five children; older siblings being John Edward “Jack”, Margaret Ella, and younger siblings being Peter Leo “Leo” and Anthony James “Tony”. She attended grade school at Manila School, a one room school house through 8th grade. Being a very spirited child, she left home and worked her way through high school – graduating from Pierre High School in 1941. During her high school years, she only went home for Thanksgiving, Christmas and for a time each summer. After high school she moved to Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin living with her cousin, Flossie Kiehl, working at Vollrath Co.
A handsome young man had other ideas for Elizabeth and on January 22, 1944 she married Claude T. Berry and became a rancher’s wife. They lived at home and ranched with Emile and Echo Berry, Milesville, South Dakota. To this marriage four children were born, Rex, Claudia, Eli and Carmel and the adoption of Barbara in 1965.
As a young married lady and mother Elizabeth took pilots lessons and became a pilot. She was an active member in the Milesville Women’s Club, a square dancing club, South Dakota Cowbelles, St. Mary’s Altar Society and played an active part in the local 4-H clubs that her children were involved in, in addition to helping with the ranch.
In 1965 Claude, Elizabeth and family moved to Mora, Minnesota. Elizabeth worked at Ben Franklin, People’s National Bank, Kanabec Bank and Akkerman’s Mortuary . In Minnesota she was active in St. Mary’s Altar Society, Mora Garden Club and involved in the younger children’s many activities. After retirement, they spent their winters in Monteverde, Florida until 2009, when she was unable to live alone.
Each summer the family enjoyed a vacation; either to the Black Hills of South Dakota (visiting the many caves, hiking and sightseeing), touring many of the western National Parks or visiting the many territories in Canada and travelling to Alaska three times. Elizabeth and Claude journeyed the New York World’s Fair in 1967, and in 1982 to Ireland and Europe (along with grandson, Richard) to sightsee and to Germany to meet a new grandson, Nicholas. In addition to travelling, Elizabeth loved hunting, gardening, cooking and entertaining. She loved her flowers, pictures, dancing, Irish music and being with her family and friends. She was full of life, loving to chat and always ready to make someone laugh.
A wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother; but sadly she was never able to know any of her great great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, Pete and Lottie Quinn and siblings, Jack, Margaret, Leo and Anthony, her husband Claude of 57 years, as well as her mother and father-in-law, Echo and Emile Berry.
She is survived by her children, Rex (Marsha) Berry, Claudia (Jim) Forshier, Barbara (Todd) Fore, Eli (Mary) Berry and Carmel (Pat) Gorham. She is also survived by grandchildren, Karla Manske, Kim (Gary) Oslin, John (Sarah) Berry, Chris (Maureen) Berry, Richard (Jenny) Berry, Matthew (Leah) Berry, Danielle Berry, Nathan (Colleen) Forshier, Noel (Elizabeth) Forshier, Heather (Norman) Albertson, Michelle (Darren) Mulvaney, Jennifer (Robert) Matykiewicz, Michael (Sara) Telander, Andrew Fore, Kristen (Aaron) Lewicki, Sarah Berry, Thomas Wells, Eugene Wells, Nicholas Wells, Angela Gorham; thirty three great grandchildren and eight great, great grandchildren. Also, sisters-in-law, Donna Quinn, Milesville, S.D.; Joyce Quinn, Rapid City, S.D., brother-in-law and wife, Kenneth and Doris Berry, Philip, S.D. and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were held on Friday, October 10th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora with Fr. Eugene Plaisted and Rita Clasemann officiating. Music was provided by Kris Paulson, Rob Pesola and St. Mary’s Choir. Inurnment was at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Mora.