David
Berger, David (AKA: David Angelo Berger) A former resident of Torrance died suddenly, June 29, 2007, at the age of 49, in his home in Santa Ana, CA. David was born one of four children in Chicago, IL on January 31, 1958 to Alvin Jerome Berger and Louise (Pressano) Berger. David attended Carl Schurz High School in Chicago, IL and later earned a business degree at Arapahoe Community College in Engelwood, CO. David will be remembered for his outgoing, sociable, and friendly personality, his great sense of humor, his kind, loving, caring, and compassionate, gentle spirit, and his love of all animals and nature. David was a hardworking man, who would lend a hand to anyone in need. David had endured many hardships and overcame many obstacles in his life and still he remained strong. He was a four year "colon cancer survivor". David "Dave" will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him and will be forever in our hearts. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Marlayne Carroll Berger, his brothers and sisters-in-law, Allen (Dymph) Berger, Kenneth (Anita) Berger, and his sister and brother-in-law, Bonnie Berger & Kevin Hirasa. his nieces and nephews, Danielle & Nicolas Berger, Brianna, Erik, Martina, & Sophia Berger, his Aunt Claire Nappi, his Uncle Alfred Pressano, Uncle Tony Pressano, Uncle Charlie Boula and many cousins, and his two loyal companions, his Shih Tzu dogs, "Dani Boy" & "Lili Marlayne", all of whom he loved very much. A Memorial Mass in his honor will be held at the St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church in Redondo Beach, CA on Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. A reception to follow at the Rice Mortuary in Torrance, CA at 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Burial of cremains will be on a future date at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, CA. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society.

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  1. I’m Dave’s younger brother. I want to share a few memories with you, but first let me say a few brief words about Dave’s background. Our family was broken up early when 44 years ago cancer took our young father. Growing up in a fatherless home affected all of us in the family, but I guess Dave, who was 5 years old, might have been wounded the most. Like most brothers or siblings, Dave & I didn’t always get along. I remember one time when him & I were in this eating ‘peanut butter on toast’ phase and I asked Dave to share some he had just made. Dave took the toast, and peanut butter side up, he pushed it into my forehead. I don’t recall if I was being a pest or if Dave was just being mean, or both. Dave loved animals, and every spring we would get 1 or 2 baby ducks, raise them over the summer, and then bring them to Lincoln Park Zoo when winter came. He had a pet squirrel monkey he named Stanely, after our post man. He had a pet iguana once. The family had a dog named Blackey Maybe my best memory of Dave will be that he changed for the better his last few years, after the fight with Colon Cancer. I attribute at least part of that change to my 1st born daughters prayers. I can’t tell you how many times Brianna would go up to our pastor at church during prayer time & pray for Dave. He did change – once he called me up and apologized for not being a better brother. My wife said he also apologize for the peanut butter toast episode. Dave called frequently to keep in touch and see how the family was doing. He said he hadn’t been the uncle he should have been and wanted to make it up to our kids. He wanted to know when the 4 kids birthdays were. He sent them gifts – some of the biggest they’ve ever received. He sent our kids publications on saying no to drugs. When our dad was alive, he would take the boys out to fly motorized planes so that was what he sent Erik.. He would say he loved me. Another sign of the change was his coming to Chicago just a few months ago to visit Mom & Dad’s grave & pay his last respects. My last memory I want to share is from our phone conversation Dave & I had a bout 1 week before he passed away. Marlayne had rushed Dave to the hospital just before the call because he had taken too much medicine. He told me that it was scary, he thought he was going to die from the overdose. For some reason I then asked him “Are you ready to meet your Maker?” He said, “Yeah,…I’m a catholic.” The bible says that Jesus is the answer for our salvation – Acts 4:12 NIV “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” So I asked Dave “Are you trusting Jesus?” and he said “yes”.

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