Phoebe Jean Berg May 8, 1942 - December 31, 2020

Phoebe Jean Berg, age 78, of Minneapolis passed away December 31, 2020 due to complications from COVID. Phoebe was born in Madison, MN on May 8, 1942. Preceded in death by parents, Susan and Norman.  Survived by son, Jesse (Amy).  After graduating from St. Olaf College and earning a Master’s Degree from University of Saint Thomas, Phoebe worked for most of her life as a teacher.  One of her favorite jobs was in the special education program in the Faribault Public Schools.  From 1981 until her retirement in 1998, Phoebe worked at the Minneapolis nonprofit court diversion program, Operation de Novo.  Operation de Novo performed groundbreaking work and was a national model for successful rehabilitation programs, giving those charged with certain first-time, non-violent offenses a chance at redemption through treatment, community service and education.  Phoebe served as the teacher at Operation de Novo’s juvenile diversion program.  Over her almost two decades in that position, Phoebe educated and mentored hundreds of young people.  She was a person of varied and vast interests.  She loved art and art history.  She wrote poetry and collected books of poems.  She painted and sketched.  She adored music; Phoebe first saw Bob Dylan play in 1964 and remained a fan her entire life, seeing him for the last time in 2017.  Phoebe also treasured wildlife and nature and she loved animals, in particular Pnina, Katzel, Pearl, Henry and Tzipora.  Phoebe was kind to everyone she met and always went out of her way to help people and to be a good listener.  She was loved and will be deeply missed.


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    carol olausen says

    Phoebe was a beautiful person. I knew her briefly many years ago. My sincere sympathies to the family.

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