forty Years in Northfield Aged Resident Passes Away
Berke, a resident of Northfield since 1874, when she came to this
country from Germany, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. H.
McGuire, Friday evening, Dec. 4. Death
was from old age, Mrs. Berke being almost eighty-one years old.
Her birthday anniversary would have been Dec. 3.
Though she had not been well for the past two years she was ill
in bed but four weeks. Funeral services were held Monday at 9:00 a.m.,
Rev. Fr. Meade officiating.
was born Dec. 9, 1833, in Germany in the Province Posen. Here she was married and spent the first half of her life.
In 1874 she came to this country with her husband and three
children and settled in Northfield, where they had two sons who had come
to the United States some time before. Here Mr. Berke engaged in the carpenter trade.
Ten years ago in October Mr. Berke died and since then Mrs. Berke
continued to occupy the home on West Water Street.
She was of a quiet,
home loving nature and did but little visiting, though she had many good
friends. Relatives state
that during the forty years spent here in Northfield she had made but
one or two trips down town to the stores or post office.
Mrs. Berke was a faithful member of the Catholic Church since
childhood. Her daughter,
Mrs. J. H. McGuire, had her home adjoining her mother and was able in
many ways to help her. Brought
up in Germany she remained a German to the last, speaking but little
English, greatly interested in all that concerned Germany.
The war greatly distressed her.
Of the ten children
that were born to Mr. and Mrs. Berke the following are left to mourn her
death: Mrs. J. H. McGuire
and Roman Berke of Northfield; Albert Berke of St. Paul and Herman Berke
of Montrose, S.D. She also
left a nephew, Bernard Golisch of St. Paul; two granddaughters, Mrs. John
Schwartz, and Mrs. Nelson of St. Paul; all were present at the funeral.
There were nineteen other grandchildren and ten great grand
Northfield News, December 7, 1914