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Alice Zelina Berger

Alice Zelina Berger passed away peacefully November 28, 2017 with her children by her side. She was 92 years old and sassy to the very end.

Alice was born in Watseka, Illinois in 1925 to a very large extended family. Her mother, Writa, was one of 21 children, and Alice said that when everyone got together, it was a real feast, with a lot of wonderful food and 45 first cousins to play with. Alice mostly grew up in the Los Angeles area. After graduating high school in 1943, she went to work at the shipyards as a draftsman until the day World War II ended. She then enrolled in Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, and went on to work for Western Costume Company in Hollywood for two years making costumes. She also spoke fondly of her work as a fashion model during that time of her life. In addition, Alice spent two years enjoying the marvelous beauty of Yosemite National Park working as a waitress.

While on vacation in New Jersey, she met her husband, Dick, and they immediately fell in love. They married in California and moved to New Jersey with Dick’s daughter, Nancy. While on the east coast they had two children of their own: Todd and Kurt. In 1963 they moved the family to Marin County, California and eventually found their way to the Rogue Valley in 1976, where they built a ranch house that remains in the family today. It was during these years that Alice embraced her love of art. She at first worked in oils, water colors, and acrylics, and eventually embellished beautiful wall hangings. Alice had a lengthy art show career and many people enjoyed purchasing her works. In her later years, Alice painted hundreds of frog rocks, and she made sure everyone had one for their garden.

Alice had a vast number of friends and enjoyed being a member of numerous groups, including Friends of the Library, County Extension, Red Hat Ladies, Eagle Point Grange, Upper Rogue Artists, Butte Creek Baptist Church, and Eagle Point Senior Center. Alice filled every day with possibility. She was always off at a function, at home painting, sewing, embellishing, or cooking meals. If it was Christmas, she could be found baking cookies for everyone. Alice had a zest for life that was contagious, and she inspired others by dancing to the beat of her own drum.

Alice was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Dick; her sister, Lenora; and brother, Bill. She is survived by her children, Kurt Berger (Gina), Todd Berger (Annie), and Nancy Mulcahy. She is also survived by four grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

A memorial service for Alice will be held at 11 a.m. December 9, 2017 at Butte Creek Baptist Church in Eagle Point. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your favorite charity.

Alice Zelina Berger