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of Buffalo, MN

June 6, 1952 – August 10, 2023


Saturday, August 19, 2023

one hour prior to the service

Buffalo Ev. Covenant Church – Buffalo, MN

Celebration of Life

Saturday, August 19, 2023

11:00 a.m.

Buffalo Ev. Covenant Church – Buffalo, MN

Joyce Marie Berg, age 71 of Buffalo, MN, was called home by her Lord and Savior on August 10, 2023.  Joyce was born the daughter of Dr. Vernon & Verona (Helle) Carlson on June 6, 1952 in Thief River Falls, MN.

Her greatest joy, apart from her deep and abiding faith in Jesus, was her family. She loved them immensely.  Joyce was an avid reader, creative card-maker, and enjoyed all forms of nature. She desired to live with purpose and keep her mind as sharp as it could be. She appreciated the words of Henry Van Dyke saying “Use what talents you possess; the woods would be silent if no birds sang- except those who sang best.”.

From coffee and times with friends, to the anticipated visits after church events and hugs in the commons area, Joyce would strive to connect with others in humble, yet meaningful ways. A favorite quote, by Helen Keller, states “Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm, and our intelligence aglow”. Joyce lived up to this, without exception. Even in the years that passed since her diagnosis, she was persistently joyful and without complaint of that which she carried til her last days.

Joyce is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Henry; son, Jonathan (Nikki) Berg; daughter, Stephanie (Chris) Koivisto; grandchildren, Sam, Joe, Jack & Ben Berg, Renee, Zach & Sophia Koivisto; sister, Jan Carlson; also nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Rich B. Carlson.

The Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, August 19, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service all at Buffalo Evangelical Covenant Church in Buffalo, MN. The Argentinian poet, Antonio Porchia, said “One lives with the hope of becoming a memory.”. Please join us in celebration of her life and appreciation of the joyous memories we hold dear.

The service will also be available via live-stream for those unable to attend in person. The link for the service is

Officiating will be Pastor Reid Gilbert. Luncheon to follow the service at church.

Plants are appreciated, as a living memorial that family can continue to care for. Flowers are welcomed.

The University of Minnesota has accepted Joyce’s donation of self for study.

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Dan Carlson

    My deepest sympathies to Henry and family. Joyce was youth director when I was in Luther League at ELC, Cokato.

  2. Mark Jarvi

    I had the pleasure of working with Joyce at WDPI in Minnetonka May she rest in peace. May God the giver of life and the one takes home grant peace on to her family.

  3. Dale Bjorklund

    My parents always loved as well as Lisa & I. How she stopped & asked how things were. This was on her way into church! This continued long after my parents passed! A true woman of God! Henry, I will always remember ur walks by my parents house. Coincidence while I ways mowing & since moved to big lake. Our prayers are with u in this time of sorrow. We pray for strength & peace in the days ahead🙏

  4. Ric & Lou Seashore

    Sorry for your loss! Prayers for Jonathan and the family.

  5. Bill and MaryToms

    Please accept our sympathy and care.


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