Janis Berger

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Janis Berger, 65, of Carroll, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at St. John Paul II Parish-St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Carroll. The celebrant will be Father Shinoj Jose. Music will be by Jane Heithoff and the St. Lawrence Choir. Lectors will be Sherry Greteman and Susan Uhl. Gift bearers will be Janis’ grandchildren. Casket bearers will be Melvin Berger, Michael Berger, Dale Berger, Gerald Berger, Kevin Warner and James Halbur. The Breda American Legion Auxiliary and St. Anthony Hospital Auxiliary will form an honor guard for the Mass. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carroll.

Friends may call after 4 p.m. Friday at Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll where there will be a rosary at 5 p.m. and a Christian Wake Service at 7 p.m. Visitation at the church will be from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday.

Online condolences may be left for the Berger family at

Born on June 20, 1954, in Carroll, Iowa, Janis Ann was a daughter of Leonard and Darlene (Thede) Halbur. She was raised on a farm near Maple River, attended St. Francis of Assisi School in Maple River and later graduated from Kuemper Catholic High School. Janis furthered her education at Central College where she graduated in 1973. Janis married John Berger on June 27, 1975, at St. Lawrence Church in Carroll. She was employed at H&R Cleaners as a seamstress, General Electric, and also operated a day care for 18 years. Janis was also employed at Swan Lake Office, Good News Book Store, SunnyBrook of Carroll, and Carroll Cleaning Supply.

She enjoyed being active in her grandchildren’s lives and supporting all of their activities. She enjoyed nature, birds, reading, decorating and going to parades. Janis volunteered for many organizations including Swan Lake Education Center, Family Development Center, Relay for Life, St. Anthony Hospital Auxiliary and was also a Girl Scout leader. Janis was a member of St. Lawrence Church, St. Anthony Hospital Auxiliary and Breda American Legion Auxiliary.

Janis is survived by her husband, John Berger, of Carroll; children: Sheila Holm of Ankeny, Karla (Chris) Van Roekel of Glidden and Matt (Amy) Berger of Ankeny; nine grandchildren: Keisha Holm, Hannah Messerich, Karson Holm, Emma Messerich, Dylan Berger, Kayden Holm, Dawson Berger, Kamryn Holm and Clare Messerich; siblings: James (Kitty) Halbur of Carroll, Judy (Dave) Moorhouse of Glidden, and Joyce (Wayne) Morris of Jefferson; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Sherry Greteman of Carroll, Jeanie Halbur of Carroll, Gerald (Diane) Berger of Arcadia, Dale (Jolene) Berger of Arcadia, Michael (Linda) Berger of Arcadia, Melvin (Laurie) Berger of Westside, Jane Berger (Max Stall) of Lytton, Barb (Kevin) Warner of Carroll, Karen Wiese of Arcadia, Jolene Berger of Arizona and Brian Origer of Carroll; as well as other extended relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Darlene Halbur; parents-in-law, Othmar and Marita Berger; brothers Joseph D. Halbur and John L. Halbur; and sister-in-law Marlene Origer.

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