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Shirley Irene Berg, age 90, passed away on Friday, March 17, 2023. She was born on July 25, 1932, to George and Elsie (Bruder) McComb in Hartford, Michigan.

Visitation with Shirley’s family will take place on Friday, March 24, 2023, from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Starks and Menchinger Chapel (2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph). A funeral service will take place on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph. For a more lasting memory, donations in Shirley’s name can be made out to Caring Circle of Lakeland or Lory’s Place. Share a memory with the family at

Shirley worked several jobs throughout her life, including working as a car hop at Big Ben Drive-In in St. Joseph, while several of her daughters were babies. She most recently worked as a check-in clerk at Sanitary Cleaners. Although Shirley was a mom to her six daughters, she was also considered as “Mom” to many others. Shirley and her daughters have taken annual mother – daughter trips together for the past 30 years and Shirley was always very proud to point out to anyone that “all these girls are mine.” One of her favorite past-times was going to flea markets and antique shops. She was always looking for the perfect collectible shoe to add to her collection.

Shirley is survived by her loving daughters, Diane (David) Rauhoff, Debra (Scott) Taylor, Cindy Hildebrandt, Sandra (Donald) Hutchinson, Sue Layman, Tamara Cooper; grandchildren, Jason (Tui) Rauhoff, Tonya (Patrick) McDaniel, Ceanne (Adam) Wienner, Seth Taylor, Kera Hildebrandt, Angela Layman, Tori Cooper; great-grandchildren, Lucas Rauhoff, Jensen Sassone, Hailey Sassone, Audrey McDaniel, Gavin McDaniel, Jacob Wienner, Nathan Wienner, Elliot Wienner; brother, Alfred (Candy) Thornton.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alfred E. Berg; longtime companion, Charles Kroening; grandson, Evan Layman; and sons-in-law, James Hildebrandt, Donald Layman Jr., and Thomas Cooper.


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