Judith (Judy) A. Berger, age 83, of South Amana, Iowa, died Friday, February 17, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, February 20, 2017, at the Middle Amana Church in Middle Amana, Iowa, with Elder Emilie Hoppe officiating. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, February 19, 2017, at the Middle Amana Church in Middle Amana, Iowa. Burial will follow the funeral service in the South Amana Cemetery.
Judy was born January 27, 1934, near Central City in rural Linn County, the daughter of Ralph and Alice (Price) Akers. She was the oldest of four children. She attended Prairie Chapel Country School through grade 2, when the family moved to a farm near Troy Mills, Iowa, where she completed high school in 1952. She attended Iowa State Teachers College (now the University of Northern Iowa) and obtained her teaching certificate in 1954. While at the Iowa State Teachers College, she met her future husband, George Berger. Judy taught elementary school three years in Parkersburg, Iowa, and two years in Amana, Iowa. She substitute taught periodically for many years. She also taught Sunday School for over 30 years.
Judy was a devoted mother and wife and a friend to all. She and her husband were very active for many years in the production of hand-woven rugs. They also maintained a large garden and she was an excellent cook. Judy had a large extended family and she was the anchor and family historian for those families. Judy loved to cook, can, bake and tend to her garden.
Those left to honor her life include her husband of 59 years, George Berger; her children Jeffrey (Geri McMahon) Berger of West Des Moines, Jennifer (Nathan) Wrage of Gladbrook, and Jeremy (Andrea) Berger of Chicago, Illinois; her grandchildren Jessica (Andy) Schroeder, Jenna (Leo Anderson) Berger, Angela (Maruf) Ablaberdiev, Tyler Wrage, Noah Berger and Gabriel Berger; her siblings Ron (Brenda Daniel) Akers, Dianne (Robert) Graham, and Don (Pat) Akers; sister-in-law Katie Berger; and many nieces and nephews.
Judy is preceded in death by her parents, Ralph Akers and Alice Price Akers; her husband’s parents, Henry and Elise (Leichsenring) Berger; her brother-in-law Ray Berger; and her sisters-in-law Beverly and Annette Akers.