Posted 12/14/11 (Wed)
Pearl Berget, 95, of Watford City, N.D., passed away at the Good Shepherd Home in Watford City, N.D., on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. Cremation has taken place. A service of Christian burial will be held in the spring at Short Creek Cemetery in Columbus, N.D., under the direction of Fulkerson Funeral Home, Watford City, N.D. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.fulkersons.com.
Pearl was born on Nov. 15, 1916, in Columbus, N.D., to Odin and Jessie (Dewing) Stompro. Pearl attended school in Columbus and graduated as valedictorian, not having missed a day of school in all her years. She attended Interstate Business College and worked in Bowbells, N.D., as a legal secretary and court reporter for eight years.
Pearl married Olaf Berget in Columbus, N.D., on Dec. 27, 1942. They lived in Souris, N.D., for five years while her husband was Superintendent of Schools, and where their two children, Bruce and Elaine, were born. In 1947, they moved to Flaxville, Mont., where her husband was Superintendent of Schools, and where she taught Business Education. They attended summer school sessions at the University of Montana, University of North Dakota, and Pacific School of Religion.
They moved to Watford City, N.D., in 1957 where her husband was a licensed pastor in the Lutheran Church, and later County Superintendent of Schools. Pearl worked as school secretary in the Watford City school system for 21 years. She also spent two years as outreach worker for the elderly, and for several sessions of the N.D. Legislature, she was a committee clerk for the judiciary.
Throughout her life, she traveled extensively. After retirement, she and her husband were in many foreign countries as well as all 50 states and all of the Canadian Provinces.
Pearl was a long-time member of the Toastmistress Club, church member, quilter, Welcome Wagon volunteer, and bridge player.
Pearl is survived by her son, Bruce (Linda) Berget, Palmer, Ark., and her daughter, Elaine (Brooks) Hanna, Spearfish, S.D.; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.