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Lillian Berges, 88, of Wheatfield, a former accountant and teacher, died Saturday (Jan. 30, 1999) in DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda, after a brief illness.

The former Lillian Hoffman, a native of Dayton, Ky., was a graduate of the University of Cincinnati.

Her professional life included work as an accountant in business offices, including DeGraff Memorial Hospital, and in banks. She also taught elementary school in Illinois and Wisconsin. After her retirement, she volunteered at DeGraff.

She was the widow of the Rev. Carl Edward Berges, who served as pastor of several churches, including Grace Parkridge United Church of Christ in Buffalo and Friedens United Church of Christ and St. Paul's United Church of Christ, both in North Tonawanda.

They also served at churches in Rochester; Leavenworth, Kan.; Massillon, Ohio; Evergreen Park, Ill.; and Black Creek, Wis. Mr. Berges died in 1979.

Along with her husband, Mrs. Berges wrote a number of curriculum materials for the United Church of Christ, including books and film strips. They also wrote a column, "Your Country Cousin," that appeared in the Saturday edition of the Tonawanda News.

She and her husband also directed many camps at the Dunkirk Conference Center.

Mrs. Berges was noted for her love of family, friends and church, her keen intellect, her love of animals and the enjoyment she received through her travels. She traveled extensively throughout Europe, the United States and the Caribbean.

She is survived by two daughters, Marcia Hodges of Eugene, Ore., and Judith of Wheatfield, and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. today in St. Stephens-Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 750 Wehrle Drive, Amherst.

Her body was donated to the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.


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