Marjorie Elizabeth Mehlberg

April 30, 1921February 1, 2019

Marjorie Elizabeth Berg Mehlberg was born in Kendall County on April 30, 1921, in a small community of Norwegian immigrants.. She attended Booth Grade School, Plattville High School for 2 years, and graduated later from Newark High School in 1939. After High School she attended Illinois State Normal University and received a two-year program degree for elementary education. She taught 3 years in Sidney, Illinois. During that time, she and her sister-in-law ventured to California to serve in the war effort, helping to wire the Black Widow stealth bomber for Northrop Defense Company.

She married Lester Orville Mehlberg, and became a stay-at-home mom while her children were preschoolers. She went back to school to get her Master’s in Library Science when their children were in grade school. She helped set up the media center in Unit 5 schools and was a Library Specialist until husband Les retired. When he retired, they moved to Hereford, Texas, where he consulted in the grain industry until he retired again.

In ’68, they returned home to Normal where Mom became active in the community and their church again. She was Sunday School teacher for St John’s Lutheran Church for many years, as well as the first woman elected to serve on the Church Council. In addition, she became Circle leader and served on numerous church committees, including the building committee for the expansion of St. Johns.

In the community she was an active 4-H leader for Linden Lead ‘Em, she was a Girl Scout leader, a Cub Scout leader, and a member of numerous clubs, including As You Like It, Bloomington -Normal Woman's Club. She was a member and Pres. of Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma.

Her love of everything Norwegian led her to trace her genealogy in Norway back to the 1500's, verifying primary resources in Norway and reconnecting with Norwegian cousins. She became an expert painter and instructor in the Norwegian folk art of Rosemaling, making Christmas ornaments and Easter eggs for her children and grandchildren each year. Her creativity extended to painting landscapes, needlepointing wall hangings, and sewing everything.

Marjorie is survived by her three children, Judith Mehlberg Dopp (Craig), Linda Mehlberg Morris (Michael), and Robert Mehlberg (Jeanne); her grandchildren Deanna Kane (Bradley), Christina Dexter (Ryan), John Scranton (Rebecca), Lynna Scranton (Dominic Hill), Alexandra Morris, Nancy Guyer (James), Eric Mehlberg (Yvonne), and Scott Mehlberg; her great grandchildren Dakotah, Alexis, Brooklynn Kane; Chase, Cruz, and Dash Dexter; Kyle and Blake Koziel; Josh and Abby Scranton; Eby and Cormac Hill; Charlotte Sraietta; Karalina, Annika, Andrew, and Kirsten Guyer. She was preceded in death by her parents John and Ruth Berg, her brothers Orland and William Berg, and grandchildren Julie Koziel (Robert) and Brandon Morris.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am, Saturday, February 9, 2019, at St. John Lutheran Church. Pastor Rev Anne Christiansen will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to services.

Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to St John’s Lutheran Church or Luther Oaks. To view Marjorie's memorial page or to leave an online condolence please go to


  • John Berg, Father
  • Ruth Knudson, Mother
  • Lester Orville Mehlberg, Husband
  • Judith and Craig Dopp, Daughter
  • Linda and Michael Morris, Daughter
  • Robert and Jeanne Mehlberg, Son
  • Deanna and Bradley Kane, Grandchild
  • Christina and Ryan Dexter, Grandchild
  • John and Rebecca Scranton, Grandchild
  • Lynna Scranton and Dominic Hill, Grandchild
  • Alexandra Morris, Grandchild
  • Nancy and James Guyer, Grandchild
  • Eric and Yvonne Mehlberg, Grandchild
  • Scott Mehlberg, Grandchild
  • Julie and Robert Koziel, Grandchild
  • Brandon Morris, Grandchild
  • Dakota, Alexis, and Brooklyn Kane, Great Grandchildren
  • Chase, Cruz, and Dash Dexter, Great Grandchildren
  • Kyle and Blake Koziel, Great Grandchildren
  • Josh and Abby Scranton, Great Grandchildren
  • Eby and Cormac Hill, Great Grandchildren
  • Charlotte Sraietta, Great Grandchild
  • Karalina, Annika, Andrew and Dirsten Guyer, Great Grandchildren
  • Orland Berg, Brother
  • William Berg, Brother
  • Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ruth; husband, Lester; brothers, Orland and William; and Grandchildren, Julie and Robert Koziel and Brandon Morris

  • Craig Dopp, Pallbearer
  • Michael Morris, Pallbearer
  • James Berg, Pallbearer
  • Ron Berg, Pallbearer
  • John Mehlberg, Pallbearer
  • Bradley Kane, Pallbearer
  • Ryan Dexter, Pallbearer
  • Robert Koziel, Pallbearer
  • Dominic Hill, Pallbearer
  • John Scranton, Pallbearer
  • Scott Mehlberg, Pallbearer
  • Dakotah Kane, Pallbearer
  • Chase Dexter, Pallbearer
  • Cruz Dexter, Pallbearer
  • Dash Dexter, Pallbearer
  • Joshua Scranton, Pallbearer
  • Kyle Koziel, Pallbearer
  • Blake Koziel, Pallbearer
  • Comac Hill, Pallbearer
  • Andrew Guyer, Pallbearer


  • Visitation Saturday, February 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 9, 2019
  • Burial Saturday, February 9, 2019

Marjorie Elizabeth Mehlberg

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Mary Helen McCorvie

February 10, 2019

Linda and Family, We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother. We are keeping you and your family in our prayers. Mac and Mary Helen McCorvie (pledge sister from PiBeta)

Betty Swartz

February 9, 2019

To the Mehlberg family:

My deepest sympathy in your loss. Will always remember how friendly and welcoming Marge and Less were when we joined St. John's way back in 1960 and all the memories of activities we shared there.
Sincerely, Betty Swartz

Stan and Sally Rader

February 8, 2019

I cherish the memories of being in your home during those high school days. Your mom was a gracious hostess. Sending sympathy to your family.

Stan and Sally Rader

Tom and Jan Schlickman

February 6, 2019

Lynn and family, we are so sorry for your loss. We will not be able to get to the visitation on Saturday but know that we are thinking and praying for you.

Kay Ramseyer

February 5, 2019

Gary and I were blessed to have Marge and Les as our next door neighbors from 1966 until they moved into Luther Oaks. They were friends, golf partners and surrogate parents. I am in Naples so cannot give my condolences to Judy, Linda and Bob. We saw them grow up and get married. Marge and Les were outstanding neighbors in every way. God bless them.


Gretta Barclay

February 5, 2019

I can't begin to express how much I loved knowing Marge, even for the short time I was in AS YOU LIKE IT with her. I only wish I had known her longer. I loved the presentation she made telling us about her very adventurous trip to California to work in a factory to support the war effort. After learning about that, I always called her ROSIE [the Rivator] whenever I saw her. She was such a gracious lady with that fabulous distinct voice and lovely manner. I always loved seeing her at our meetings. I will continue to miss her and will neved forget her.

Debbie Darrow

February 5, 2019

Dear Linda,
We met many years ago because of your mother's kindness and thoughtfulness. I student taught under her at Glenn school in the library. She took me under her wings and shared her love of books and friendship. She was a member of the Home Extension. Her group met every month and often had a "make it, take it" craft. She told me all about the next meeting. They were making cornhusk dolls and wreaths. She invited me and introduced me to ALL the ladies. I met my best friend, Becky Fish. We have been friends for 47 years because of your mother's thoughtfulness.
I became a librarian in Unit #5, also, until my children were born. Over the years I have thought of Marge often and wondered if our paths would cross again. She was a blessing to everyone she met. Rest in Peace, Marge! Sincerely, Debbie Darrow

Bev (Laesch ) Hornickel

February 5, 2019

Linda and Judy,
After reading your Mom’s obituary, I not only got to know you both better, but learned how innovative she was. I know you will miss her, she was a remarkable lady. I extend my sympathies to you both as well as your family. Bev Laesch Hornickel.