Elton Black & Son Funeral Home

1233 Union Lake Road, White Lake, MI


Joseph Patrick Berger

Born August 9, 1942

Joseph Patrick Berger, 77 of West Bloomfield, Michigan passed away at Landmark Hospital in Naples, Florida on March 10, 2020.

He was born on August 9, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois. Joe was the son of Frank and Mary (O’Malley) Berger. He was a 1960 graduate of De La Salle Institute in Chicago.

Joe was an Army Veteran of Foreign Wars who proudly served his country during the Vietnam War as a Sergeant E5 from 1966-1968. He was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor under Enemy Fire.

Joe worked for the Grand Trunk Western-Canadian National Railroad, retiring in 2002 with 35 years of service. His railroad career began as a mail clerk and ended as a Marketing Manager. He was a member of the Rail Traffic Association. It was after being transferred to Detroit that he met his bride, Kathleen (Queenie) Burger. They were married for 45 years. They have one daughter, Chandra Berger, R.N.

Joe’s summer cottage on Burt Lake in Indian River, Michigan was his Happy Place where he loved special time with his family, mostly sitting on his porch soaking up the sun and holding court.

His other love was his home in Naples, Florida where for six months he gratefully embraced the warmth, sunshine, and palm trees.

His Catholic faith was most important to him. He was a member of St. Patrick Parish in White Lake, Michigan, The National Shrine of the Cross in the Woods in Indian River, Michigan and St. Agnes Parish in Naples, Florida. He was a proud member of the St. Patrick Parish Knights of Columbus Council 13319, his daily devotion to the Rosary answered many prayers.

He is survived by his wife Kathleen (Queenie) and daughter Chandra Berger. His brothers, Tom (Kay) Berger, Jim (Ellen) Berger, sister-in-law Beth (Frank) Berger, brothers-in-law Jerry (Judy) Burger, Ken (Peg) Burger, Jerry (Bonnie) Saylor. The “God Love You” kids: Ron and Marybeth Munch and their children Caitlin (Nick) Lengerich, Lauren, Ian, Goddaughter Grace Munch and Alexa Silversides. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and loving friends.

He was predeceased by his Father and Mother Frank and Mary Berger, brothers Jack and Frank, and sister Mary Kay (Butch) Iglinski.

Joe was a very generous, kind, loving, thoughtful and honest man with an outstanding Irish Wit.

Memorial contributions suggested to Veterans serving Veterans, Inc., Mercy Home for Boys & Girls or Forgotten Harvest.

Unfortunately, due to the health crisis facing our Country and for the safety of family and friends we have decided to cancel the Wake and Funeral for Joe. There will be a Mass and a Celebration of Life Memorial at a later date.




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Beth Berger

March 18, 2020

Dear Queenie and Chaunie,
I was going through our wedding album and saw Joe as a 20-year-old young man decorating our car. We take her for granted the men and women who fight for us, giving us our freedom. It seems almost more relevant now that we are facing this crisis To remember all of those who fight so hard for us. Joe never complained was always smiling, warm and gracious. Please take comfort knowing how well he was cared for and loved so abundantly by both of you .💕Beth

Amy Rodenbeck

March 17, 2020

Dear Aunt Queenie and Chaunie,
We love you both and we loved Uncle Joe. He was a wonderful godfather and I will miss his big smile and sense of humor! He was such a good and kind man and I loved when he called me Amata Maria! It was such a blessing to have spent a few of Grace’s birthdays together. We wish we could be there with you to give you a hug and to celebrate Uncle Joe but know we are thinking and praying for all of you.❤️
God Bless.
Love Amy, Kevin, KC, Grace and Ben

Ty Elaine Gibson

March 17, 2020

Kathe and Chandra, we certainly don’t have to tell you what a special husband and dad Joe was. But he was so much more to his RR family. He was a outstanding problem solver and we really enjoyed attending customer meetings with him where he was a great communicator putting our customers at ease. What a outstanding example of what being a marketing manager is all about. We are gonna miss our personal time with Joe as we laughed all the time. We look forward to still getting together with you Kathe so please don’t forget to make time for us. We love you guys and your family will remain in our prayers.

Judie Haviland

March 16, 2020

My willow Farms family, how I love you all❤️
My love and hugs,
Judie, kimi, Carrie and Sara❤️❤️❤️❤️

Joseph Daniel Burger

March 15, 2020

During this time of sorrow I hope you find the same comfort you brought me many years ago.

My thoughts and prayers are with you Cuz.....

Jack & Suzane Tyson

March 15, 2020

May Joe rest in peace as hard as it is to say goodbye. You are in our prayers.

Gary Lori Simison

March 15, 2020

Joe always had a smile on. Our deepest sympathy Queenie your family is in our hearts and prayers. Rest in peace Joe SAAAAAAAAALUTE

Sue and Terry Biggerstaff

March 14, 2020

Prayers to you and your family, Kathy.

Donald Zdrojewski

March 14, 2020

One of the good guys. Always respected and liked Joe. My condolences to Queenie and family.

Joe Gurney

March 14, 2020

Great guy fond memories. My condolences to Kathy and his family. May Joe Rest In Peace.