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Gary Berger, 50

Gary Berger, age 50, longtime Cottage Grove resident, died unexpectedly on Nov. 11.

Gary Michael Berger was born June 26, 1963, in Hastings, the son of Clarence and Irma (Nelson) Berger.

He was raised in Cottage Grove, and graduated from Park High School in 1982. Gary graduated from Mankato State University in 1987. He was a dedicated employee of Delta Airlines for 24 years. Gary enjoyed golfing, vegetable gardening (especially pumpkins), and watching car racing.

He was the beloved son of Irma; beloved partner of Jeanne Paschen; her son David Johnson; brother of Chuck (Fay), Donna (Greg) Fern, Diane Bakken (Clint), Scott (Sandy), and Debbie (Michael) Adair; beloved nieces and nephews Bruce Jr. David, Zachary, Erica, Josh, Stephanie, Weston, Anthony, Alec, Anna, Ashton, Michelle (Peder), and Nicole; cousins; other family; and his extended Delta family.

Gary was preceded in death by his father Clarence.

Visitation 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at church. Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 920 Holley, St. Paul Park. Interment Newport Cemetery.