Obituary: Berga, Jack
Truckee-resident Jack Berga passed away Aug. 28. He was 53.Jack was born on Feb. 1, 1950 in Wakefield, Mich.Jack and his family moved to Truckee in 2001, where he has been working with East West Partners as Construction Manager for the Northstar Village Redevelopment Project.He was instrumental in managing the remodel of Wild Goose Restaurant in Tahoe Vista. His expertise in construction, project management, and people skills made a significant difference to the project and to all of those who worked with him. Jack’s great sense of humor helped those around him keep the balance between life and work in proper perspective.Prior to coming to Truckee, Jack owned his own construction company in Vail, Colo. He was involved with many exceptional projects, including the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, and he was part of the East West Partners team that received the Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence in 1998 for the Beaver Creek Village Project.Jack also served as an Air Controller in the U.S. Navy stationed in Italy. He had a B.S. degree in metallurgical engineering from Michigan Tech University.Jack loved the outdoors, including fishing, mountain biking and cross-country skiing.He was a ski instructor and charter member of the Backcountry Skiers Alliance, as well as serving on the organization’s Board of Directors.Jack is survived by his wife Wauneta, son Brook and daughter Kristi, and two sisters, Mary Powell and Betty Bowen.Jack was passionate about Brook and Kristi’s continuing education, so in keeping with the family’s wishes, a scholarship fund for his children has been established. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to:US Bank, Truckee Office, 10995 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA 96161. Account title: “Brook & Kristi Berga Scholarship Fund”; Account number: 153492614158.A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, 3-5p.m. in the Village at Northstar. Jack would prefer boots and blue jeans.For Jack’s Colorado friends and associates, a second Celebration of Life will be held at a future date in Vail, Colo.
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