Erma was born September 29, 1929, at Parnell , to Donald and Vesta Killam Stutesman.
She attended Bunker Hill country school and graduated from Parnell High School in 1947. She attended Northwest Missouri Teacher's College, Maryville, and taught 3 years for the Snowball country school in Independence Township.
She married Francis Berg on May 28, 1949 in Parnell. They had celebrated their 63rd anniversary.
Erma was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church, Parnell and attended St. Gregory Catholic Church after moving to Maryville.
Erma was a homemaker and farmer. While Francis was serving in Korea, she worked as a secretary for the Kansas City Police Department.
She had a passion for riding horses. For years she showed her horses in the surrounding communities. Later she rode in many trail rides and also rode in parades on her horses and pony drawn buggy.
She played country western music on her keyboard for several years at fairs, senior centers, nursing homes and family sing-alongs. She also sang at local music shows. Other passions were dancing and coon hunting.
She enjoyed playing cards with family, friends and neighbors. Her other talents were sewing and making quilts, electrician, plumber, carpenter, cooking, especially making pies and homade ice cream, and she put on many memorable weinie roasts.
Preceding in death were her parents.
Survivors include husband Francis Berg, daughters: Patty (Steve) Paxson, Sheridan, Missouri; Peggy (Don) Lantz, Harlan, Iowa; sisters, Joan Schmitz and Donna Auffert, Parnell, Missouri; Grandchildren : Jason and Janelle Lantz, Tanya (Brad) Hill, and Tyler (Sharon) Paxson, and Great Grandchildren Brylea and Hardie Paxson, and Wyatt and Weston Hill, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held 5-7:00 PM at the Price Funeral Home Chapel, Maryville, Friday, October 5, 2012 followed by a rosary at 7:00 PM.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM Saturday, October 6 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, Parnell with burial following at the St. Joseph Cemetery, Parnell.
Memorials can be directed to ASERA Care Hospice.