James A. Berg, 90, of Geneseo, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at the Hammond-Henry Hospital Emergency Room. A funeral mass celebrating his life was at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19 at St. Malachy Catholic Church, in Geneseo. Fr. Michael Pakula officiated. Burial followed in Oakwood Cemetery, in Geneseo. A visitation was one hour (10 a.m. to 11 a.m.) prior to the mass at the church. Memorials may be directed to the Geneseo Historical Museum, St. Malachy Catholic Church or the Geneseo Food Pantry. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

James A. Berg, 90, of Geneseo, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at the Hammond-Henry Hospital Emergency Room. A funeral mass celebrating his life was at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19 at St. Malachy Catholic Church, in Geneseo. Fr. Michael Pakula officiated. Burial followed in Oakwood Cemetery, in Geneseo. A visitation was one hour (10 a.m. to 11 a.m.) prior to the mass at the church. Memorials may be directed to the Geneseo Historical Museum, St. Malachy Catholic Church or the Geneseo Food Pantry. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

Jim was born Feb. 7, 1925, in Peoria, the son of Alfred L. & Frances C. Wickham Berg. Jim was a 1942 graduate of Geneseo High School and attended Augustana College. Jim had been employed as an accountant at the John Deere Harvester Works, in Moline, for 38 years, retiring in 1982. He was a member of the St. Malachy Catholic Church and the Geneseo Kiwanis Club, where he served as the treasurer for many years. He also was a longtime member of the Hayden Hikers walking group.

Survivors include nephews, Herbert (Julie) Durnell, of Colona; and Jay Durnell, of East Moline; niece Mary (Dan) Carter, of East Moline; brother-in-law, Merle Durnell, of East Moline; and several great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Frances Durnell; and his special friend, Rita Williams, on Jan. 4, 2016.