Surprise Funeral Care

16063 W. Bell Rd, Surprise, AZ


John Henry Berger Sr.

December 4, 1941September 28, 2019

BERGER, John Henry, Sr., 77, of Surprise, Arizona, a Retired United States Army Infantryman, passed away on September 28, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, George H. Berger, Sr., and Clara Lillian Rogers; and his brother, George H. Berger, Jr.. He is survived by his beloved wife Pauline M. (nee Wowk) Berger; son, John Henry Berger, Jr.; daughter, Kristi DeLucca and her husband Manny DeLucca; grandsons, Nicholas W. Berger, Jack Ryan Berger, Kaden DeLucca, and Carsen DeLucca.

John was born in the Bronx, New York, on December 04, 1941. When he was fifteen, he met the love of his life, Pauline Wowk. He and Pauline were married in 1961. John served in the 1st Calvary in Vietnam, and retired after 21 years. He and his family moved to Arizona in 1999. John was a volunteer with the Surprise Fire Department and served for 10 years.

There will be a Visitation on Wednesday, October 02, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, at Surprise Funeral Care, 16063 W. Bell Rd., Surprise, Arizona. A Committal Service will be held on Thursday, October 03, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, Arizona.

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  • Visitation Wednesday, October 2, 2019
  • Committal Service Thursday, October 3, 2019


John Henry Berger Sr.

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Steven Aguilar

October 14, 2019

I met John at the first Cav reunion and we hit it off he invited me to go shoot guns outside Las Vegas at a gun range to learn more about safety about guns and target practice for the weekend I know that my wife and I will miss him dearly he is such a good hearted person sorry to hear him passing away so soon my condolences to Paula and the family may he rest in peace see you at fiddlers green my Brother. 1st Team “Hooah 🇺🇸

God Bless Amy & Steven Aguilar

Robert Speakman

October 9, 2019

John, was a member of the 1st Calvary Division, A Infantry soldier as I was. RIP my brother, and we will meet over there, My condolences to your family. You will be by many.

Sheryl Devereaux

October 8, 2019

John was one of the most selfless human beings I've ever known. When my father, Don Smith, was sick, John called frequently to talk to him (even though John was sick himself). He wanted my Dad to get out and walk so it would extend my Dad's life. When my Dad passed away, John was the first person to call and offer help...when he, I'm sure, didn't feel, physically, like helping anyone. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Berger family, his presence will be missed for a long time.

Ronald Malavotte

October 4, 2019

I was lucky to have met and worked with John through Surprise Fire and Medical. John was very good at his job with the Crisis Response Team. If there was any person you could go to for advice it was John.

He was very good at working with grieving and or stressed customers. John knew everything about the workings and policies of the Crisis Response Team. My wife and myself used to relieve John and Frank who was John's partner. John would always give my wife Julie a big hug every time he seen her. Those hugs always made my wife's day.

It's also an honor to have known John for all he gave serving our country. John will surly be missed, and he made a difference in all the lives be touched, because he was that type of person

Ronald G Malavotte

Clayton Winger

October 2, 2019

John was a good friend and neighbor, he was always generous with his time to help others.
Our condolences to your family.
Clay & Ginger

Julie Malavotte

October 2, 2019

John & CR partner Frank were instrumental in my decision to volunteer for Surprise Fire & Medical CR Team. John was a compassionate patient man willing to teach others the skills he’d learned in a lifetime of service. He always had a big smile and a hug every time I saw him. He will be sorely missed.
Thank you John, you will be forever in my heart.

Shannon and Bob McLaren

October 2, 2019

We are friends from church. We enjoyed knowing John. We are
so sorry about his passing. He was a good man. My he rest in

Dara Stewart

October 2, 2019

John, you will be so missed by our family. You have always been such a great neighbor and friend and we treasure all of our memories of you. You have always been so kind and generous and willing to help out in any way you could. I know my Dad, Jerry, who is no longer with us on earth, always spoke fondly of you as well. I'm so happy I got to speak with you one last time a couple of weeks ago to let you know how much we all appreciate and love you.
Our deepest condolences to Paula and the rest of John's family. God Bless you John and say hi to our Dad in heaven.....Love, Dara, Lauren and Gloria Stewart

Larry & Sondra Sly

October 1, 2019


We have had a lot of fun and trips together and have developed memories we will cherish forever.

We love and miss you.

Larry & Sondra

Beverly Smith

October 1, 2019

So very sad to know of John Berger's passing.
John was the best neighbor who, along with Paula, made our neighborhood one of the most fun in the entire Sun City Grand.

When my husband, Don Smith, was alive we talked to John and used his wealth of knowledge very often. We were one of the first to move into the Pinnacle, and John was one of the first friends to greet us.

We will miss you terribly, John, for all you were to most of us. And I give my condolences to the whole Berger family.