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Virginia Berger

Virginia Berger, 89, of Mahomet passed away at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, January 24, 2018.

bergerMrs. Berger was born on January 3, 1929 at Villa Grove. She was the daughter of Everett Ely and Marjorie Lewis Ely.

Living is one brother Dr. Howard Ely, of Battle Creek, Michigan.

She married Willard Berger of Lincoln, Illinois after he returned from World War II in the Air Force serving in the China Burma India Campaign and Illinois State Normal University where they met.

Both Virginia and Willard taught school in LeRoy and Champaign for many years.  He passed away in July 2012.

The Bergers lived in Champaign from 1964 until 1972 when they moved to Mahomet.

Three sons remain close by: Steve (Merry) of Mahomet, Glen (Pam) of Mahomet, and Phil (Deb) of Farmer City.

Virginia and Willard have nine grandchildren:  Caleb (Cashana) of Ogden, Ryan of California, Carrie (Ben) Hay of Oakwood, Amanda (Scott) Burdick of Pennsylvania, Dan of Wisconsin, Molly of Iowa, Nick of Mahomet, C.J. (Danielle) of Sadorus, and Jon of LeRoy.

Virginia loved her family very much.  She was blessed to have two of her grandsons in her reading class in third grade at Carrie Busey School (Caleb & Ryan). She now has eight great-grandchildren, four great-grandsons and four great-granddaughters.

In 1990 both Carrie Busey and Dr. Howard schools were honored as outstanding schools of our nation and received congratulations from George H. W. Bush in the Rose Garden. Virginia was one of those chosen to represent the schools. Others were principal Doris Jones and Jackie Terry.  Principal Margaret Stillwell, Diana Hess, Barbara Fraska represented the Dr. Howard School.

Virginia and Willard were married in 1951 in the Villa Grove Methodist church. They became members of the Methodist Church in Mahomet.

Mrs. Berger felt honored to be awarded four Plato computers for her classroom at South Side and Carrie Busey schools from the National Science Foundation. That organization provided the computers’ funds for training University instructors to write mathematics programs for the students to learn. These four computers and the math instruction were a part of the reason Carrie Busey was chosen as an outstanding school.

Virginia enjoyed sewing, mending, knitting, scrapbooking, photography, reading, and corresponding with old friends. Family pictures were one of her joys. She enjoyed displaying them all around the house and showing them to visitors.

She and Will enjoyed traveling with a camper through most states. They felt fortunate to have traveled to Germany to check on family history. Family church records though had been destroyed by the occupational groups after the war.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, January 27, at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Champaign in the Mausoleum.

Condolences may be offered online at www.HeathandVaughn.com.


Dear Steve, Merry, and entire family,

I am so sorry for your loss of your mother, grandmother. I always loved Mrs. Berger as my 3rd grade math teacher and remembered her hot air balloon race learning the multiple facts :) It was also a joy getting to reconnect with her as an adult when I lived next door to you guys and I really cherished that. 

We were so lucky to have our grandparents as long as we did. Such a blessing ❤️

Love you guys! Thought and prayers are with you at this challenging time. And hugs too!

Sara Topolosky Harkins


Greetings to all. We are so very sorry, yet relieved, to hear of Aunt Virginia’s passing. It was such a blessing to have her in our lives. She was one of the most amazing people I have ever known; much like her mother and father. She was a loving, giving and generous soul. We love her so much. May God welcome her into his eternal paradise where we are happy to know she is now in Heaven with those she loved who passed before her. So much love and prayers to all of you…

Love always,

Eric, Teresa, Ethan and Kelsey