Kennedy L. Berg


Kennedy Lee Berg, 79, of Blair, died Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at Lakeview Health Center in West Salem.

Kennedy was born November 15, 1944, in Whitehall to Myron and Carrol (Tidquist) Berg. He attended school in Lakes Coulee through sixth grade after which he went to Blair Schools and graduated in 1963. Kennedy began his college education at UW–River Falls in the summer of 1964, and graduated in May of 1974, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture, majoring in Broad Area Agriculture. He also attended technical school, studying surveying and landscaping.

Kennedy joined the U.S. Army in August of 1966. After basic training, he was sent to Korea where he stayed until his discharge in 1968. Kennedy was an intelligent man. He was self-employed as a construction and landscaping laborer. His work was amazing. He loved children, especially his nieces and nephews.

In his thirties, Kennedy was diagnosed with Schizophrenia. It was a cruel illness that challenged his brilliant mind daily. He was a dearly loved son, brother and uncle with an amazing mind and so many talents. His family takes comfort in knowing that his mind is now at peace. They are grateful for the care he received from the staff at Lakeview Health Center and Trempealeau County Health Center.

Kennedy is survived by a brother, Michael of Blair; three sisters: Catherine Hertzfeldt of Ettrick, Roxanne (Allan) Tranberg of Abbotsford and Susan (Robert) Tranberg of Blair; a sister-in-law, Kathy Berg of Blair; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Kennedy was preceded in death by a brother, John Berg; a brother-in-law, Donald Hertzfeldt; also a niece and a nephew.

Private family services and burial will be held at Rest Haven Cemetery in Blair. Pastor Ken Schmidt will officiate. Military rites will be conducted by Knudtson-Mattison American Legion Post #231.

“Living with schizophrenia requires immense courage and resilience as we navigate a world that may not always understand or accept us. But, let us remember that our experience and perspectives are valid, and that our journey has the potential to inspire and empower others.”

~ Valera Health


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