Gail Berg obituary – CA

Gail Thoren Berg Gail Thoren Berg, 79, of Rolling Hills Estates passed away the morning of Wednesday, November 5.

Born on November 6, 1934 in Kansas City, Missouri, to parents Carl and Alma Thoren, she grew up in Paola, Kansas, a small town of 5,000 people. She is survived by her husband, Richard Berg; her brother, Marc; three children, Katy, David and Tom; as well as seven grandchildren.

She enjoyed a comfortable childhood in the Midwest, where she made many lifelong friends, developed a passion for reading, worked as a swimming instructor, and enrolled at Kansas University, where she proudly pledged Kappa Alpha Theta.

After graduating in 1956, she was hired as a second grade teacher in Bellflower, CA. There she met a skinny young fighter pilot named Richard Berg, whom she married in June 1957. They lived in Fargo, Seattle, Anaheim and Honolulu before settling in Palos Verdes, where they lived together in the same house for 46 years. She was an avid traveler and traveled with Richard throughout the United States and the Caribbean.

She cherished her small-town upbringing and recreated it in Palos Verdes. She was an active member of the community and volunteered at the Palos Verdes Public Library, a shelter for battered women, and was a member of the Palos Verdes Women’s Club.

Those who knew her well will remember her cheerful and endearing character. Those who knew her best will miss her love of stained glass windows, her beautiful handwriting and her fresh opinions on everything she read – she loved to be drawn into a good story, whether it was a Jodi Picoult novel or the latest Steve Lopez column. She was a strong, charismatic woman who lived her life with great conviction and dignity. Her humor, laughter and grace will be forever missed.

A celebration of her life will take place at the Berg residence on November 15. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Smile Train. Sign the guestbook at