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Baltus James Berger

January 22, 1939 - November 4, 2012

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Baltus James (B J) Berger, 73, of Victoria, passed away peacefully, with his wife and family at his side on November 4, 2012, after a courageous year and a half battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born on January 22, 1939, in Victoria, Texas, the fifth of six children born to the late Fred and Helena (Lena) Reuter Berger.
He married his soul mate, Lillian Novak on April 15, 1961, at St Theresa's Catholic Church in LaSalle, Texas, and thus began a marriage and a life of memories that spanned fifty one and a...

Baltus James (B J) Berger, 73, of Victoria, passed away peacefully, with his wife and family at his side on November 4, 2012, after a courageous year and a half battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born on January 22, 1939, in Victoria, Texas, the fifth of six children born to the late Fred and Helena (Lena) Reuter Berger.
He married his soul mate, Lillian Novak on April 15, 1961, at St Theresa's Catholic Church in LaSalle, Texas, and thus began a marriage and a life of memories that spanned fifty one and a half years raising a loving and Christian Catholic home which instilled in his children and grandchildren that hard work, perseverance, love of country, God, the Catholic Church, and a good education as a means to be successful in life
BJ was a life time member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church where he served as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, active member of the Holy Name Society and chaired the church Festival a number of times. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1329, serving as Grand Knight, and a member of the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree assembly 1126 serving as Faithfull Pilot.
B J enjoyed life as a caring husband, father and grandfather (Paw Paw). He never knew a stranger and some would call him quit witted and loved to make you laugh or smile. He loved his family and had a strong faith in God and served the Lord with his hard work within the Catholic Church. Throughout life he loved to water ski and enjoyed teaching his children as well as their friends how to ski. He was very active working with his children's 4-H projects which included raising lambs for the annual Victoria livestock show as well as starting the shotgun(skeet) program for 4-H in the local area and working with other youths to learn the sport which he loved and exceeded in. He also loved to hunt, fish and shoot skeet as well. BJ participated in his children's activities and later his grandchildren's activities, attending every event that he could and cheering them on. BJ loved dancing with his wife and belonged to a Polka and Waltz dance club. BJ's life and soul was working with his church and with the KC brothers which he loved and cherished.
BJ and Lillian built a loving home in which to raise their children in the Mission Valley area where they enjoyed ranching on a small scale raising their beefmaster cattle and then later adding some Black Angus and a Charolais blood line. He would be quick to tell you it was work but at the end of the day, gazing upon his cattle he would consider it "cow therapy".
BJ attended high school at Patti Welder, Victoria. He joined the U S Navy Aviation Branch in 1956 and was honorably discharged in 1960. After serving in the Navy he began a career with Union Carbide on March 14, 1960 and retired on July 31, 1994 after 34 years. After retiring from Union Carbide he embarked on a career serving Victoria County as the Emergency Management Coordinator from 1994 - 2004. Upon completion of his contract with Victoria County BJ worked with the Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation, until he became ill with Pancreatic Cancer.
He is survived by his wife, Lillian; daughter, Teresa Lynn Berger Dodson and husband Daniel of Frisco, Texas; son, Michael James Berger and Fiancé Josette Cook, of Victoria and Bacliff, Texas; grandchildren: Darion Erik, Sydney Lynn and Braden Joel Dodson of Frisco, Cameron James, Colby Ryan, and Michaela Le Ann Berger of Victoria; sister, Marjorie Tater and husband Charlie; brothers William Berger and wife Ruby, of Gonzales, Allan Berger and wife Dee of Victoria/ Port O'Connor and Fred Berger and wife Marie of Victoria; and brother-in-law James Novak and wife Constance, of Victoria. He was preceded in death by his parents Fred & Lena Berger; parent-in-laws Albert and Lillie Novak; and sister Doris Berger Loest Eichman Lyssy.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday November 7th from 5:00 to 7 PM with a Rosary at 7PM at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 105 N Williams, Victoria. The Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 AM Thursday November 8th at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 105 N. Williams, Victoria, with the Rev. Msgr. Celestino Say, Pastor and Rev. John Kollannur, Parochial Vicar, officiating. Entombment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Grandchildren: Darion Dodson, Sydney Dodson, Braden Dodson, Cameron Berger, Colby Berger, Michaela Berger, & Nephews/Godchildren: Randall Berger and Gary Loest. Full military honors will be under the Auspices of Victoria County Veterans Council, Al, CWV, VFW, DAV, MCL, MOWW, Ex-POW, MOPH, VVA and the KWV.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Our Lady of Lourdes Holy Name Society, Knights of Columbus Council 1329, Knights Of Columbus 4th degree Assembly 1126, Boll Weevil Gang and Friday morning Coffee Group also known as Whatachurch.
In Lieu of flowers donations/memorials may be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 105 N Williams, Victoria, for Masses / or Altar Restorations in memory of BJ, Hospice of South Texas, 605 E. Locust, Ave, Victoria, Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center in memory of BJ, P O Box 4486 Houston, Texas 77210 or donators choice.
Words of comfort may be shared with the Family at www.colonialfuneralhomevictoria.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Colonial Funeral Home, 1801 E. Red River, Victoria, Texas 361 578 3535
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