|Birth: ||Aug. 30, 1906|
|Death: ||Mar., 1992|
Los Angeles County
OBITUARY: FAMILY, CLUBS, MUSIC KEPT EVELYN GOING
Press-Telegram (Long Beach, CA) - Monday, March 16, 1992
Author: Rachel D'Oro / Staff Writer
LONG BEACH - Evelyn Berg, a longtime pillar in her family, social circle, music clubs and patriotic organizations, died Thursday at Long Beach Community Hospital after a short bout of pneumonia. She was 85.
She was born Evelyn Luta Rives on Aug. 30, 1906, in south Louisiana. Soon after, she moved with her parents to Dallas, where she picked up the violin for the first time, and her lifelong love of music began. She then attended Kidd Key College and Conservatory of music, a Southern finishing school where she studied the violin.
She met and married Gustav Conrad Berg at a Masonic dance she attended when visiting a cousin in San Diego. Evelyn quickly fell for the Swedish-born U.S. Naval officer, but he was going abroad and they had to settle for letters for a while. They married in the early 1930s.
In 1942, Evelyn and her only daughter, Connie-Lu Berg, went to Long Beach to wait for word from Hawaii so they could join Gustav. But with the war raging, they had to stay in Long Beach until the career navy officer could join them.
``It just worked out that we stayed in Long Beach,'' said the daughter, a music teacher who had shared a Long Beach home with her mother.
``She was my best friend,'' she said. ``We were always so close.''
``She was my traveling companion,'' Connie-Lu added. The daughter recalled the time she told a couple of girlfriends she was taking a long trip with her mother. ``One of my friends said, `You're going with your mother?' But my other friend, who knew my mother, looked at her and said, `You don't know her mother.' My mother had such a zest for life.''
Evelyn was proud of her American heritage, tracing her lineage back to the colonies. She belonged to the Daughters of the American Revolution , and was regent of Long Beach chapters, most recently the Los Cerritos group. She was also a member of the Daughters of 1812, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Retired Officers Association of Long Beach and San Pedro, and the Officers' Wives Club.
She belonged to the Long Beach Auxiliary of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Long Beach American Organist Guild, the Women's Music Club, and the Ebell Club. She was also president of the mother's club for her daughter's sorority at USC.
After her husband's death in 1966, she joined her daughter in memberships with local Swedish organizations, including the Evening Star Lodge, Vasa Order of America, the Swedish American National League; and the Swedish American Central Association of Southern California.
Besides her daughter, she is survived by her sisters, Martha Cox of Long Beach, Marilyn Wilson of San Jose, and Barbara Murphy of Sonoma; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services are 2 p.m. today at Forest Lawn Cypress, 4471 Lincoln Ave. in Cypress.
James R. Rives (1882 - 1951)
Gustav Conrad Berg (1900 - 1967)*
"Mama, a kind friend to all"
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Cypress)
Created by: Linda Carole Mustion
Record added: Mar 21, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67246535