Nancy Marilyn Berry

January 3, 1945June 12, 2010

Nancy Marilyn Berry passed on peacefully Saturday, June 12, after bravely battling extensive health issues. She relied heavily on her personal faith in Christ and loving care from her husband.

Born and raised in South Minneapolis, she attended Longfellow Grade School, Roosevelt High School, and received her nursing education at Augsburg College and Lutheran Deaconess School of Nursing. She practiced as a registered nurse for nearly 10 years.

She moved to Duluth after marrying, where she lived and raised her family.

Nancy was a loving and thoughtful wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed dancing, gardening, cooking and making holidays memorable for family and friends. She cherished spending time with her children and grandchildren, and always made people feel special.

Nancy is survived by her devoted husband Douglas; her four children: Steven (Jennifer), Craig, Karla (Chuck) Kregel, Bryan; and four grandchildren: Amelia, Anna and Samuel Berry, and Caleigh Kregel. She is also survived by her parents, Stanley and Berniece Felth; her sister, Judith (Vince) Monto; and many other nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.

A Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Funeral Service Thursday, June 17, 2010 in Christ Lutheran Church. 2415 Ensign Street. Rev. Michael Main officiating. A reception following the service. Burial will be in Sunrise Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, St. Luke's Hospital Hospice, or the American Cancer Society.

Please leave a memory of Nancy or words of support for the family at

Arrangements by Bell Brothers Jarvi Dowd Funeral Home. 218-722-5131


  • Visitation Thursday, June 17, 2010
  • Funeral Service Thursday, June 17, 2010

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Richard & Beth Kuhn

July 24, 2010

Beth and I met Nancy when we dropped off a copy of Family history Beth had written and compiled. She was very gracious, and we can understand the great void she leaves.

Praise God for the depth of her faith. It's comforting to know that friends of Jesus never say "Goodbye" for the last time.

May God's comfort be with all who knew and loved Nancy.

Your Friends in Christ, Beth & Rich Kuhn


June 30, 2010

I knew Nancy primarily through her illness, as I was one of her physicians. Nancy showed great courage and grace during a time when many would have despaired, and I will remember her always for her kindness to me and her thoughtfulness. Doug, my prayers are with you.

Nathan &Tracy Clute

June 19, 2010

I don't know what it's like to lose a member of one's immediate family, let alone one's mom or especially one's wife. But what I can say is I loved Aunt Nancy, and I know she will be missed. However, I am glad that her suffering is finally over, and I'm sure she's in a better place. Though she has departed, she will live on in our memories. We extend our sympathies.

Daniel Berry

June 18, 2010

Brother Doug and Family, Nancy portrayed kindness, graciousness, and a smile. I will always be grateful that you Doug had such a wonderful wife, and that Steven, Craig, Carla and Bryan had a wonderful mother. Donna and I love you all and will be keeping you in our prayers. Brother Dan and Donna.

Deborah Clute

June 18, 2010

Dear Uncle Doug, and Cousins Steve, Craig, Bryan and Karla (and your respective families): My thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve the loss of your wife, mother and friend. She was a wonderful aunt and positive influence, encouraging me as a teenager to complete an abstract flower painting for her home. I can only imagine the boost of encouragement and great love she showed to each of you. I am thankful to Aunt Nancy and how she always had open arms to the Clute family. I will always cherish the summer memories of our family vacations to Minnesota, and also more recently the friendly conversations with cousin Bryan. May you find strength from the Lord and support from your loved ones as you celebrate her life and memory. I will be praying for you. Love, Cousin Debbie

Nancy Clute

June 18, 2010

To my older brother, Doug, in the loss of your precious wife, and our three nephews and niece, Stephen, Craig, Brian and Karla in the loss of your dear mother: Our deepest sympathy, prayers, and love reach out to each one of you. We will always remember Nancy Marilyn's love, kindness, and sweet hospitality shown to us when we came as a family to visit in Duluth. Her deeds of love toward us have deeply touched our hearts and will remain in our memory forever. She passed away Saturday, June 12th, the day of our 45th Wedding Anniversary. May our Lord Jesus Christ comfort you with his love and we will continue our thoughts and prayers on behalf of your family. Lovingly, Bill and Nancy Clute, Omaha, Nebraska.

David Clute

June 18, 2010

Aunt Nancy was one of the sweetest people I've ever known, and her children are just like her. We will miss her.

Marie Peterson

June 17, 2010

Dear Doug, Karla, Chuck, Bryan, and Family,
Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. I feel blessed to have met Nancy - what beautiful life and example of love! Thinking and praying for your family today.
-Marie (Friend of Karla's)

Sue Tryon

June 17, 2010

Knowing Nancy, the mother, I know she was looking at each one of you today and thinking how blessed she has been to be a part of your lives. She has watched, cried, applauded, and shared all the achievements her four precious children have accomplished thus far. Her guidance, as well as your father's, gave you a strong foundation of love and caring which allowed you to follow your dreams and be thankful for those around you. I felt her smiling -which doesn't surprise anyone - as she looked out at her friends and family and thinking how she has been blessed and cherished as we feel about her. Doug, we wish you comfort as you face the days ahead without your best buddy, but I know that you know she will always be with you. Blessings and comfort to Steven, Craig, Bryan and our very special Karla as you face the future with your mother's words in your hearts and minds. The Tryon family is very sorry for your loss but thankful that we got to share in her life.

Sue Tryon

Crissy Millard

June 16, 2010

I always loved to hear the story of how Nancy held me when I ate my first taste of ice cream on Pikes Peak. I just barely remember being flower girl in her wedding, with the pretty yellow dress. Her laugh lit up a room & I loved that when she found something funny, it seemed like the giggling would never stop! Her life & smile touched so many. I'll forever treasure the example she set for my life. Nancy was one of the most wonderful people I've ever known.