Virgil J. Berg

Jun 13, 2019
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Graveside Services: 11:00 AM, Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors.


 Following services, there will be a time of fellowship with a reception from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. at Friendship Village Lakeview Lodge, 312 Southbrooke Drive, Waterloo.


Mount Olivet Cemetery, Waterloo


Cedar Valley Hospice or Black Hawk County Veterans Affairs


Virgil J. Berg, 94, of Waterloo, died Thursday, June 13, 2019 at Friendship Village.


He was born March 21, 1925, in Waterloo, the son of Matthias and Jennie Weilein Berg and graduated from Waterloo West High School in 1943.


He entered the United States Army in 1943 serving in the North African, Rome-Arno, and Rhineland campaigns. Following his Army discharge, Virgil enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. After military service he worked at John Deere for a short time and then entered ISTC (now UNI) in Cedar Falls where he received his BA in 1949 in Industrial Technology. In 1974 he received his MA at UNI.


Virgil married Anne Marie Marchionni on December 20, 1945, in St. Peter's Church, Nancy, France. She died December 19, 2015.


He began his teaching career at East Junior High, Waterloo in 1949 and then at McKinstry Junior High when it opened in 1952. In 1970, he was transferred to the new Central High School as Head of the Industrial Technology Department teaching drafting, electronics, graphic arts, woodworking, automotive, metal works, and later French language, retiring in 1986.


In 1966, he opened Waterloo Archery, one of the first indoor archery ranges in Iowa. He developed a feather die cutter patented in 1968. That same year he added a slot car track to the operation.


He was a member of St. Edward Catholic Church where he served as an usher for many years. Virgil was a member of the Hawkeye Uniserv Ed. Assn., Iowa State and the National Education Assn., Iowa State and the National Field Archery Assn. Virgil was active in the American Cancer Society and was instrumental in planning and constructing several Christmas Cancer Raffle houses at the College Square and Crossroads Malls.


He is survived by a niece, Carol (Ronald) Nystrom; several great-nieces and -nephews, and all his former students.


Virgil is preceded in death by his parents; wife; 2 brothers, Robert and Eugene Berg; and 3 sisters, Katherine Nichols, Ruth Hoch, and Eloise Rickard.

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  1. Peggy Grutz | Jun 28, 2019
    Mr. Berg was my favorite teacher during my years at McKinstry.  He taught me how to use a scroll saw for the first time without cutting my finger off.  He was a very patient and extremely well liked teacher.  My condolences to his family.
  2. Paulette Will | Jun 21, 2019
    On behalf of the Will family I want share a few memories of Virgil Berg.  His love of archery was the connection between him and my family.  I was just thinking about Virgil on June 6 the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy.  His generation bought us several more generations of freedom.  While I don't live in Waterloo,  when I returned I tried to always visit Virgil and Ann-Marie and stayed in touch with him by mail.   He was a talented man in many ways.  They don't make them like Virgil Berg anymore. 
  3. Ernesto R | Jun 20, 2019
    I’m very sorry to read the passing of your beloved Virgil. Please accept my sincere condolences. I have personally felt comforted by the promise made by God of bringing back to life those who sleep in death (1 Thes. 4:14). So be assured that you’ll be able to hug, kiss and talk to Virgil again. He will come back into an Earth free of suffering, sickness and anything that causes us to shed tears of pain (Rev. 21:4). This hope is both sure and firm because Jehovah God cannot lie (Heb. 6:18; Titus 1:2). Is my sincere desire that you can also find comfort in this words during this difficult time for you.
  4. Elizabeth Boysen Koch | Jun 18, 2019

    I was so sorry to learn about Virgil. He and my mother taught together for many years. Upon her retirement from teaching, she worked for Virgil and Anne Marie in their archery business where they shared many laughs and good times over the years. He always seemed very serious but truly had a heart of gold. I'll miss hearing from him and getting his comments about life.


  5. lorraine | Jun 17, 2019
    condolences to Mr. Berg's family on their loss

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