Traverse City Record-Eagle


December 1, 2013

Betty Jane Berg Died Nov. 28, 2013

TRAVERSE CITY — Betty Jane (Squires) (Bright) Berg, of Traverse City, entered into eternal life with Jesus, her Lord and Savior, on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, at the Grand Traverse Pavilions. She was born Sept. 9, 1925, in Hillsdale, to Leroy and Ida (Young) Squires.

Upon graduating from Hillsdale High School in 1943 Betty joined the Canadian Army at the age of 17, serving them for three years during World War II. She was not allowed to enlist in the U.S. Military because of her age but since her father was Canadian, she was allowed to enlist there.

Betty united in marriage with Edward Bright in June of 1947; from that union came two children, Sharon and Dennis. In March of 1956 she married Charles Berg and had one son, Craig.

Betty had worked for the Michigan Employment Security Commission for 34 years as a claims examiner before retiring.

Betty loved cats, was an avid golfer and was a member of the Traverse City Golf and Country Club for many years and also belonged to the Elks Lodge, Childs Study Club, Professional Women’s Association, and was very involved in her church.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; both of her husbands; her son, Dennis Bright; sister, Catherine Gailbrath; and brother, William (Bill) Squires.

She is survived by her daughter, Sharon (Roger) Evens, of Traverse City; son, Craig (Kerrie) Berg, of Battle Creek; grandchildren, Shawn (Stacie) Lichty, Melissa Raniszewski, of Traverse City, Tyler, Rebekah and Kaycie Berg, of Battle Creek, Chelsea (Ben) Hickok, of Alaska, and Kevin (Ashley) Evens, of Grand Rapids; great-grandchildren, Misty, Amanda, Chloe, Emma, Rachel, Max, Kaden and Alice; great-great-granddaughter, Ellie Grace; in-laws, Phena Squires, Stick Robinson and many more; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Monday, Dec. 2, at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, from 4 until 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held Tuesday at Traverse Bay United Methodist Church at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Michigan Hospice or Traverse Bay United Methodist Church.

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