obit: Oswald "Ozzie" James Berger Sr. - wife Jurak
Posted: January 30, 2013
Oswald “Ozzie” James Berger Sr. passed away peacefully at his home in Porter on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 3:18 p.m.
He was born in Weimar on Aug. 5, 1926 to Anton and Minnie Till Berger. On Oct. 16, 1946, he married Clara Albina Jurak. She preceded him in death on Aug. 13, 1970. On Jan. 28, 1973, he married Mary Anders Chapman.
Mr. Berger was a very devout Catholic. He was a member of St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Humble and Knights of Columbus Council 6878, and a wonderful supporter of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and School in Schulenburg and Sacred Heart Catholic Church and School in Hallettsville. “Ozzie was a gentle man with a generous heart,” his family writes. He was a dairy farmer and carpenter while living in Schulenburg and moved to Humble in 1972 where he and his wife owned and operated the Humble Pizza Inn for 26 years. He loved to play bingo and dominoes. Mr. Berger and his wife Mary enjoyed many shows in Branson, Mo. and gambling in Las Vegas and Louisiana. They also toured Rome and the Vatican. He was an avid gardener and a Texans fan. He enjoyed puzzles and word search books once he was confined to a wheelchair. He really enjoyed the RFD-TV programs which took him back to the farm. Most of all, he enjoyed visiting with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “He will be greatly missed but his legacy will live on in our hearts,” his family writes.
He is survived by his wife, six children and four step-children. His children are Oswald “Butch” Berger Jr. and friend Grace Baylor, Clara Clark and husband Lester, David Berger and wife Cynthia, Marilyn Hoffmann and husband Gene Ray, Carolyn Jahn and husband Ray, and Kathy Kleiber and husband Dennis. His step-children are Danny Chapman and wife Elizabeth, Pat Friday and husband Jerry, Joe Chapman and wife Stephanie, and Tom Chapman. Mr. Berger's 17 grandchildren are Kevin Berger and wife Ashley, Cindy Saulnier and husband Terry, Lester Clark Jr., Steven Clark, John Paul Clark and wife Shanna, Amber Locke and husband Jason, Patience Matias and husband Justin, Brandy Cisneros and husband Joe, Joshua Berger and wife Shari, Jennifer Otto and husband Darrell, Craig Hoffmann and wife Dawn, Holly Hoffmann and friend Keith Kruse, Christina Jahn and fiancé Mark Giamalva, Sheila Jahn, Timothy Jahn and wife Melissa, Ryan Kleiber and wife Karissa, and Katy Long and husband Matt. His step-grandchildren are Christopher and Matthew Chapman; Michael Friday and Jerry Friday and wife Heather; Crispin, Andrew and Joey Chapman; Julian and Evan Tapia; and Kimberly, Charlie, Kelly, Michael and Karen Chapman. Mr. Berger was blessed with 20 great-grandchildren. They are Peyton, Haley and Kyle Berger; Heather Pustejovsky and husband Garet; Jacklyn and Rachel Saulnier; Abigail, Brianna and Allison Clark; Emma and Lane Locke; Creighton Matias; Megan and Dylon Otto; Kylee Hoffmann; Jonah Ganucheau; Ava Giamalva; Mason and Malee Kleiber; and Karsyn Long. He also has five step-great-grandchildren.
Kenneth Miksch recited the parish rosary on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home.
A Mass for the celebration of Mr. Berger's life was held at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 10 a.m. Celebrants were Rev. Msgr. John Peters of Hallettsville, Rev. Msgr. Adam McClosky of Houston and Rev. Eric Pitre of Sealy. Lectors were Ryan Kleiber and Andrew Chapman. Altar servers were Seth Patten and Ashley Pesl. Bernadette Gillings and Peggy Kalich provided the beautiful music. Presenting the offertory gifts were Cindy Saulnier and Jennifer Otto. Pallbearers were grandsons Kevin Berger, Lester Clark Jr., Steven Clark, John Paul Clark, Joshua Berger, Craig Hoffmann, Timothy Jahn, Ryan Kleiber, Crispin Chapman and Christopher Chapman. Honorary pallbearers were granddaughters Cindy Saulnier, Amber Locke, Patience Matias, Brandy Cisneros, Jennifer Otto, Holly Hoffmann, Sheila Jahn, Christina Ganucheau and Katy Long. Interment was in the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Cemetery.
Mr. Berger was preceded in death by his parents; the mother of his children, Clara Jurak Berger; his sister, Alvera Dziadek; his half-brothers, John and Frank Berger; and one step-grandchild, Brian Friday.
Memorials may be made to St. Rose of Lima Catholic School, Schulenburg; Sacred Heart Catholic School, Hallettsville; St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, Humble; or to the charity of one's choice