Lise Anne Berg, formerly of Lancaster, MA died peacefully at Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville on March 26 following a long illness. She was born on October 10, 1964 and was raised on her beloved family farm in Bussey Hollow in Andes. An extraordinary team of caregivers lovingly helped Lise in her final years.
Prior to being stricken with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease, Lise’s life was packed with adventure and great intellectual challenge . At 16 she matriculated at Simon’s Rock of Bard College, Massachusetts and later continued her studies at SUNY Binghamton. Moving to the Boston area, she worked as a faculty assistant at Harvard Law School. She worked there for 25 years until her diagnosis. She enjoyed conversing about the writing and interpretation of law and took full advantage of the cultural opportunities around Cambridge, especially indie bands and film.
Lise majored in medieval history and had a great interest in archaeology and architecture making traveling with her as a tour guide always fascinating. She loved castles, fortresses and churches and had hoped to visit all of the grand cathedrals of Europe. She may have come close to that goal. She delighted in exploring the outdoors, from the hills and hollows of Delaware County to the American Southwest to Britain, and was an avid skier and hiker.
She had a wonderful imagination and sense of humor. Music was her very heartbeat. She also had a boundless love of animals and was “mom” to many shelter animals over the years. Once while traveling in the Bahamas with a sister, she was so distraught with the condition of the carriage horses for tourists that she insisted on paying just to have them rest and drink for the hour.
Lise was predeceased by her father, Kaare Berg and her sister, Patty Berg. She is survived by her mother Adele Berg; sisters Ellen Berg (Joe Teixeira), Kathy Berg (Ed Fersch) and Linda Berg (Jon Meads); brother Paul Berg (Donna Berg); brother-in-law Steve Brown; nieces Kristina Brown, Alisa Fersch, Amanda Berg and Maria Berg; and nephew Gabe Fersch.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Miller Funeral Home, Roxbury. Burial will be in the Andes Cemetery at a later date. Donations in honor of Lise can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Humane Society of the US. The family recognizes with deep appreciation the welcoming embrace of the whole community at Mountainside and their continued affection and support.