Jillian P. Berge, 26
Jillian Patricia Berge, age 26, of Hopkins, Minn., formerly of Farmington, Minn., passed away on Friday, April 28, from complications of Lupus.
Jillian was born on Tuesday, March 23, 1991, in Fridley, Minn., to Michael and Suzanne (Guski) Berge and lived in Blaine, Minn., until she was 3, when the family moved to the Lakeville/Farmington area. She attended the Farmington Kindergarten Center and North Trail Elementary School through 5th grade, where she was part of Odyssey of the Mind and Destination Imagination teams and began playing trumpet in the band. Jillian was in Girl Scouts and played soccer. At Farmington Middle School, Jillian participated in band and choir and played on the soccer and basketball teams. While attending Farmington High School, Jillian was active in Band, German Club in which she could play her trumpet with the Bavarian Musikmeisters, National Honor Society, and Mock Trial. She graduated at the top of her class in 2009. She received her confirmation at Farmington Lutheran Church. While studying Biomedical Engineering in the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering, Jillian was a member of the Pride of Minnesota - U of M Marching Band. Through encapsulation Jillian truly put the solar in the U of M Solar Vehicle Project car. In 2012, Jillian met a very special man, Robert Anthony Wilcoxon who made her famous smile even bigger with his generosity and kindness. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering in 2013. Shortly after graduation, Jillian started working at Medtronic in Fridley, Minn., where she was a Medical Device Reporting Specialist. Also in 2013, Jillian moved to Hopkins, Minn., and very excitedly joined Spirit of Christ Community Lutheran Church where there were many family connections. Jillian's latest adventure was starting JB Boutique with her sister, Jessica, creating themed gift baskets for the business. Her favorite activities were shopping, playing games, singing karaoke and cheering for the Minnesota Wild, Gophers and Vikings. Jillian will be remembered for her ever present smile which lit up any room, love for the color purple, passion for butterflies, cows and dogs and the taste for any kind of potato. She will be missed dearly.
Jillian was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Kathleen (Bachand) Guski; and great-grandparents, John and Patricia (Tetzner) Bachand.
She is survived by the love of her life, Robert Wilcoxon, of Hopkins, Minn.; parents, Michael and Suzanne Berge of Lakeville, Minn.; brother, Matthew Berge (Kelsey True) of Omaha, Neb.; sister, Jessica Berge (Anthony Jelen) of Lakeville, Minn.; grandparents, Coleman and Joyce (Olson) Berge of St. Louis Park, Minn., Raymond Guski of Hammond, Wis.; aunts and uncles, Carolee and Mark Cohen, Joni Berge, Randy Guski (Tracy Hagen), Tim and Angi Guski, Shari and Jeff Turvaville; and 15 cousins.
Funeral Service 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 4, at Spirit of Christ Community Lutheran Church, 5801 Minnetonka Blvd. in St. Louis Park. Visitation 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3, at Washburn-McReavy Eden Prairie Chapel and one hour prior to the service at church. Interment will be in the Groveland Cemetery.