Sandra Jeanne Berger, 63, died June 2, 2008.
Sandy was born February 24, 1945 in Thief River Falls to Ben and Verna (Liden) Froiland. She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls. Sandy was raised and educated in Thief River Falls where she graduated from high school. She attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Following college, Sandy returned to Thief River Falls where she worked for Dr. Orion Beick, OD.
On June 15, 1974 Sandy was united in marriage to the Reverend Lloyd Berger at Trinity Lutheran in Thief River Falls. The couple made their home in Thief River Falls until May of 1976 when they moved to Clinton, where Lloyd was called to serve in Trinity Lutheran Church of Clinton. The couple was blessed with three children, Matthew, Kristi and Sarah.
Sandy served as the secretary of the Trinity Education Committee for many years and as the church secretary for about 10 years before retiring. She was very active in the women's circle and Bible studies. The bulk of her time was spent lovingly caring for her family, but Sandy also liked to refinish furniture, do cross-stitch and collect figurines of gnomes and Santas. Although she would not admit it, Sandy was a great cook and even mastered some Korean cuisine, much to the delight of her daughters. She especially enjoyed decorating and baking for family get-togethers at Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving. She liked to make family birthdays special with her homemade birthday cakes.
Family has always been important to them, so, following their retirement in 2004, Lloyd and Sandy moved to Alexandria where they could be centrally located to their family. Sandy was a member of Shalom Lutheran Church in Alexandria. She also was a member of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Retired Pastors and Spouses Association of Alexandria.
Her parents, Ben and Verna Froiland, preceded her in death.
Sandy is survived by her husband, the Rev. Lloyd Berger of Alexandria; son, Matthew Berger of Worthington; daughters, Kristi and husband, Mike Malmgren, of Apple Valley, and Sarah and husband, Bryan Herr, of Minneapolis; brother, Barry and wife, Susan Froiland of Thief River Falls; nieces and nephews, Reid, Taylor, Dane and Marah Froiland.
A funeral service for Sandy was held Thursday, June 5, at Shalom Lutheran Church in Alexandria. The Rev. Grant Aaseng and the Rev. Rollen Halvorson officiated. Reid and Dane Froiland provided music. Interment was at Forest Hill Cemetery in Duluth. Casket bearers included Bruce Grosland, Bryan Herr, Mike Malmgren, David Moeller, the Rev. Ron Otterson and Jim Schroeder.
Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.