Orral Johnston Berger

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Orral Johnston Berger

  • Birth 28 Dec 1867 Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 25 Mar 1916 Toledo, Tama County, Iowa, USA
  • Burial Toledo, Tama County, Iowa, USA
  • Plot Park addition, Lot 97, Space 4
  • Memorial ID 76414532

"The Toledo Chronicle", Toledo, Iowa, March 30, 1916, page 1.
"Orral J. Berger Died Saturday"
"Prominent Toledo Business Man Claimed After Brave Fight"
"U. B. Church Filled at Funeral Service Monday--Made Own Funeral Plans--Was Given Full Masonic Burial"
"The funeral services of Orral J. Berger, who died early Saturday morning, were conducted from the United Brethren church, Monday afternoon at 2:30, when the church was completely filled with friends who had come to pay their last respect to their esteemed friend. Mr. Berger had made his funeral arrangements in detail before his death, and his requests were fully carried out. Mrs. H. P. Giger presided at the organ and the Masonic male quartet, composed of R. P. Kepler, J. M. Winn, H. P. Giger and J. F. Yothers, opened the service with the song, ‘Some Sweet Day.' Dr. T. D. Crites had charge of the service and read the scripture, followed by a few consoling remarks. Mary T. Louthan sang ‘Crossing the Bar,' and M. R. Drury paid a beautiful tribute to the deceased from the standpoint of a friend, and H. W. Ward spoke for the Men's Brotherhood of the church. The service closed with the male quartet singing Mr. Berger's favorite hymn, ‘In the Sweet Bye and Bye.' The Masonic and M. B. A. lodge members and the Men's Brotherhood each attended the services in bodies. The Masons had complete charge of the services at the grave. Mr. Berger had selected his pallbearers from the different organizations of which he had been a member. They were W. A. Dexter and H. G. Ross, from the Masonic lodge, Ned Dann and E. A. Benson from the Men's Brotherhood, R. E. Mead from the Toledo Concert band, and C. M. Modl'n from the M. B. A. lodge. The many beautiful floral offerings manifested the high esteem in which Mr. Berger was held by his friends.
The out of town relatives at the funeral service were M. O. Ebert, of Marshalltown, Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Ebert, of Center Point, Mrs. A. F. Walter and daughter, Irene, and G. M. Stauffer, of Gladbrook.
The life sketch of Mr. Berger as read at the services is as follows: Orral J. Berger, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George M. Berger, was born December 28, 1867, at Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, and departed this life March 25, 1916, aged forty-eight years, two months and twenty-seven days. When a boy of five years of age he came from Pennsylvania to Toledo, and with the exception of a short period spent in Kansas in the ‘70's, his home has always been in or near Toledo.
He was united in marriage to Amy V. Ebert, of Clinton, Iowa, March 10, 1892, to which union there has been born four daughters, three living and one having departed this life in infancy.
He was received into the United Brethren church of Toledo on March 1, 1885, at the age of fifteen years, and has been a faithful member of the church continuously from that day until his death, a period of thirty-one years. He was one of the charter members of the Men's Brotherhood of the church and its secretary during the first years of its organization. He was a member of the Masonic order in Toledo Lodge No. 118, and was made a master mason on May 21, 1909. He was also a member of the M. B. A. lodge and had been president of the local organization, and for a number of years preceding his death acted as secretary. He had been active in the work of the Toledo Concert band and the fire department and in the last years of his life was an honorary member of both organizations.
He has gone to join his two sisters and infant daughter in the kingdom of God above, while his faithful wife and daughters, Bernice, Sybil and Audrey, his brother, two sisters and father and mother tarry until such time as God shall call them to the reunited family in heaven."


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  • Created by: Burt
  • Added: 12 Sep 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 76414532
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Orral Johnston Berger (28 Dec 1867–25 Mar 1916), Find A Grave Memorial no. 76414532, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Toledo, Tama County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Burt (contributor 46867609) .