Phyllis Reuning Berg, 78, of Charlottesville, died peacefully with her family by her side at her residence on Monday, Aug. 2, 2004.
Born October 21, 1925 in Wellsville, NY, she was the daughter of the late George W. Reuning, Sr. and Gladys Grastorf Reuning.
Her sister, Elizabeth Reuning, and brother, Charles Reuning, also preceded her in death.
Phyllis attended Cornell University where she obtained her B.S. in Home Economics in 1943 and her M.S. in 1945. She subsequently served as a college professor of Home Economics with expertise in textiles at the University of Illinois and the University of California, Los Angeles.
Following the marriage to her husband, Robert L. Berg, in 1959, she devoted herself to her family and shepherded them around the world as they lived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, London, England, New Canaan and Greenwich, CT, Singapore, Dorset, VT, Salem, SC and finally Charlottesville. She made the most of each move, immersing herself in the local cultures, and pursuing her lifelong interests in painting, cooking and gardening. In addition to her hobbies, she volunteered in local hospitals or at the YWCA. She was a beloved grandmother to her grandchildren, and was always ready with a hug, a smile and a waiting lap.
She is survived by her husband; her two sons, Dr. Carl Berg and his wife, Dr. Martha Barnett, of Charlottesville and John Berg and his wife, Lisa, of Atherton, CA; a brother, George Reuning, Jr. and his wife, Marge, of Butler, PA; her sister-in-law, Gail Reuning of Salem, SC; and five grandchildren, Emily, Alison, Alexandra, Michael, and Andrew Berg; as well as multiple nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to call on Saturday, August 14 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, Inc. in Wellsville, NY. The funeral service will follow at 3:00 pm with Rev. Regina Shaw presiding.
Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville.
Memorial suggestions include the David A. Howe Public Library, the Wellsville United Methodist Church, or a charity of the donor's choice.
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