- 62 years old
- Date of birth: Feb 2, 1952
- Place of birth:
Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
- Date of passing: Nov 29, 2014
- Place of passing:
Englewood, Florida, United States
|Let the memory of John be with us forever.|
**** Please attend a family and friends gathering on Thursday, Dec 4, at 1 PM. Location: 15340 Meadow Wood Drive, Wellington (561-644-9901) ***
Formerly of Holyoke and Easthampton, MA, John passed away suddenly in Englewood, FL on November 29. He was a 1970 Holyoke High School graduate. John was an independent contractor and carpenter, specializing in patio decks, and was an accomplished photographer. He relocated to the West Palm Beach area and became a field superintendent with RJM Homes, Inc. Of recent years, he was employed as a bridge operator for Sarasota County.
John was pre-deceased by his father, Harold Berger. Mourning his loss are his mother Jan Berger Oehler and her husband Bill; his siblings: Barbara Boucher and her husband Paul of W. Springfield, MA; Eric Berger and his wife Gail of Crofton, MD; Gretta Tucker and her husband Larry of S. Hadley, MA, and Susan Maggio of Wellington, FL; William Oehler and his wife Wendy of Coventry, CT and his special friend, Patti Hanson. In addition, he leaves Godparents June and Richard Berger; two cousins: Leesa and Paula Berger; eleven nephews and nieces: Chris, Emma, Jennifer, Kimmy, Melissa, Molly, Paige, Ricky, RJ, Selena, and Tim; and nine great-nephews and nieces: Avery, Calleigh, Cody, Ethan, Fynnleigh, Liam, Mia, Rocco, and Sage.
John’s kind and compassionate demeanor and his great sense of humor will be remembered in a gathering of friends and family at his sister Susan’s home in Wellington on Thursday, December 4. In lieu of flowers, donations to the St. Francis of Assisi Outreach Program can be made in John's name. Address: St. Francis of Assisi Outreach Program, 5265 Placida Rd, Englewood, FL 34224.
"John, I still can't believe that you needed to say goodbye to us one year ago today. I didn't want to accept that our time together had ended. Over this past year I thought about the many gifts you gave me by just being my brother and my friend. Thank you for your respect, your love of my family, your funny stories and great sense of humor, your unending ideas. your honesty, your gentleness, and on. I will never forget you and I will always love you. Someday we will laugh together, face to face; I wonder what we will poke fun at first!"
"Light a Candle"
"Happy Birthday, John. I miss sending a card or wishing you a happy birthday on the phone. It is hard to realize that no more cards are needed. But I will always wish you Happy Birthday on your day because you are important to all of us and greatly missed. Hope your new place is like "heaven" (you always liked to joke!) All my love to my brother John who left us a little too early."
"I am in such shock and sadness. I met Jon several years ago and we became buddies. He had such a good attitude even when life dealth a bad hand.... I always knew he would be happy to hear from me and he always made me laugh. I will miss him, he was such a good guy!"
"To all the Berger Family,
I am so sorry to hear the news of John's passing. I enjoyed seeing the pictures. I remember visiting your home as a kid and mostly playing with the girls, but I am sure John was part of the fun too. I remember playing in the basement!
Jan and family, please know I am thinking of you and keeping you all in my prayers.
Marianne Kelley Wanczyk
"MY DEEPEST SYMPATHIES TO ALL OF JOHN,S FAMILY HIS MOM AND HIS BROTHER AND SISTERS I KNOW HOW DEVASTATING IT IS TO LOSE SOMEONE VERY CLOSE TO YOU. OUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU ALL. PAULINE PIERRE AND JEREMY AND PAUL,S MOM ROLANDE LOVE TO YOU ALL"
"John, so sad to hear of your passing, you were a loving,giving friend,and I will so miss your laughter and your smile,May you rest in peace dear friend,Godspeed.."
"My good friend is gone and I miss him terribly. My sympathies to his family and those who loved him as I did, as well as my family. He was an "adopted" son and brother to my parents and sisters. He was kind and supportive to my daughter along with my cousin Ann. When he couldn't get home to celebrate holidays with his family, he joined us. We will cherish those memories and the wonderful pictures he took of my family members and especially those fabulous sunset pictures!!!!! He loved being at my folks' on the beach for dinner and the sunset. I won't watch one without thinking of him and wishing him peace."
"I am very saddened to read this. I enjoyed every bit of time I spent with John. He was as kind and generous a person as I have ever met. Even though I havent seen him in years I always hoped we'd get together again to share stories and belly laughs. Godspeed John, you will be missed!"
"John you were such a dear and kindhearted man. Many a project was worked on with pride on my home. I was blessed to have you because your work ethics and quality of work. While we didn't meet often, I have fond memories of a very kind and gentle man. HIs sense of humor was wonderful.
love, Cousin Ann"
"Our hearts are heavy for all of you. One new star sparkles in the sky watching over all of us. Rest in peace John."
"My condolences go out to the family of John Emil Berger. It is very painful to lose a love one in death. It is comforting that God know and see what you are going through. He comforts us in times like these. 2 Corinthians 1:2-4 speaks about God being a God of tender mercies who comforts us through our trials so that we will be able to comfort others. Not only does he do this, he promises that he will bring dear love ones back to life. John 5:28,29 says: "Do no be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment. So by means of the resurrection hope, people have the prospect of being with their loved ones again. After the resurrection, people will be in perfect health. Isaiah 33:24 says: "No one will say I am sick". They will be able to live forever in perfect health. Revelation 21:4 says that death is going to be done away with forever. These are wonderful promises of comfort for us from Almighty God. We can believe them because, Titus 1:2 said God cannot lie. I do hope these scriptures bring comfort to you as they do to me. If you have questions about the resurrection hope, or want answers to other questions that you may have. Feel free to contact me, or go to the web site: www.jw.org."
"John, there are no words to express our sadness. So grateful you have been a part of our lives. So lucky to have you as our brother. Rest in peace my dear John. Until we meet again...Love, B & P"
It is still surreal to me you are gone. You will be missed so much! We love you and know you will be watching over us. -Kimmy"
"Uncle John, thank you for all the laughs and smiles that you brought into my life. We'll miss you and will remember everything you left us with. -rick"
"John, You are my hero. I luv you so much and will miss all our early morning conversations. Luv Sister Sue"
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