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Donald Berg, 78

Donald Lee "Doggie" Berg, 78, long-time resident of River Falls, Spanish professor emeritus at UW-River Falls, and "best snare drummer of his generation," died suddenly on Wednesday, June 25, 2008.

A founding member of the Hall Brothers Jazz Band and part-owner of the Emporium of Jazz in Mendota, Minn., he was also the catalyst for the Semester Abroad Program to Mexico at UW-River Falls.

He is survived by his wife, Mimi Trudeau; sons: Clint (Freya Larson) of Nashville, and Jason (Wa Stella) of Minnetonka, Minn.; two step-sons: Brent Griffin of Burnsville, Minn., and Phillip (Jeanne) Griffin of uptown Minneapolis; brother, Stuart Berg of Wausau, and three grandchildren; plus many nieces, nephews and in-laws.

A celebration of his life will be held on Monday, June 30, at River Falls Golf Club, 101 Co. Rd. M, with social hour beginning at 4 p.m. and remembrances beginning at 5 p.m.

Interment of his cremated remains will take place at a later date.

Look for story and photos in the July 3 River Falls Journal.