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Orvillene Berg

Orvillene Berg, age 93, formerly of Aurora, passed away on Thursday, November 17, 2022 in Lincoln.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, November 26th at the Aurora United Methodist Church. Rev. Michelle Reed will officiate. No Visitation. For those unable to attend, the service will be livestreamed on the church's website. Please go to www.umcaurora.org, scroll down and click on livestream. Memorials may be made in care of the family to be designated at a later date. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.


Orvillene DeFern Berg, the daughter of Orville and Berniece Bowerman, was born in Little Sioux, Iowa on October 17, 1929 and passed away in Lincoln, Nebraska on November 17, 2022, at the age of 93.

She was the oldest of five children: Orvillene, Nadine, Duane, and Donald are each two years apart. Her youngest sister, Etta Jane, is 15 years younger than Orvillene.

She was united in marriage to Alfred Hedum in 1947. Alfred, being in the Navy, caused them to move to the West Coast. And countless other moves as well. They had four children: Kenneth (lived only six months), Sharron, Marilyn, and Pearlene.

She spent two years learning to become a beautician. Following this, in 1961, Alfred and Orvillene divorced. She returned to the Midwest with three young daughters, residing in Omaha, NE for three years.

She was united in marriage to Clifford Berg in November of 1964. Clifford had lost his wife to cancer, and he had two young daughers, Linda and Christine, still at home. They moved to Onawa, Iowa.

Orvillene worked as a beautician for over 40 years, most of those years from the beauty shop (Orvillene's Beauty Nook) located in a renovated back bedroom of their house. Most of her customers had "standing" weekly appointments and became like family.

Orvillene retired and moved to Aurora in 2001. This allowed her to be much closer to two of her daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Due to health concerns she moved to the Good Samaritan Village in Hastings, NE in 2012. She moved to Lancaster Rehabilitation Center in Lincoln, NE in the fall of last year.

In 2017, Orvillene was gifted with being reunited with her son, Robert Hoekstra, and was blessed to get to know him, wife Ruth, and their two sons, Joel and Justin.

Orvillene enjoyed spending time with family, including her church family. She was as active as she could be in her churches and enjoyed spending time with the Lord.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford; parents; sister Nadine; brother Duane; infant son, Kenneth, daughter Sharron Mousel, and son-in-law Larry Martenson.

Those left to cherish her memory are her family including: son-in-law Larry Joe Mousel of Aurora, daughters Marilyn (Richard) Lauer of St. Paul, MN and Pearlene Martenson of Bellevue, NE; son Robert (Ruth) Hoekstra of Ocheyedan, IA; Linda (JR) Ashburn of Ackworth, IA; and Chris Howe of Hinton, IA; brother Donald Bowerman of Greeley, CO; sister Etta Jane (Jim) Brainard of Omaha, NE; Grandchildren: Martha (Steve) Saddler; Michelle (Mike) Mousel; Melissa Berg; Jason (Megan) Martenson; Alex (Clara) Lauer; Ted (Nadia) Lauer; Hannah (Matthew) Schreier; Joel and Justin Hoekstra; great-grandchildren: Rebecca and Allison Saddler; Jordan and Davis Martenson; Wyatt Schreier and Zosia Lauer; other step grandchildren and great-grandchildren; many other family members and friends

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