Berg: Willie Berg, age 93, of Pittsburgh, passed away peacefully in his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Monday, March 23. He was surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of seventy years to Steffi Goldberger Berg, Father of Ilana (Michael) Braun, Judy (Jeffrey) Wolfson, Cindy (Andy) Vayonis. Opi to his adoring grandchildren Rachael (Evan) Starkman, Lexi Vayonis, Brad Vayonis, Jordan Wolfson, Natalie Vayonis, and his great grandchild Dylan Starkman.
Willie, the only son of Regina and Max Berg, was born in Berlin, German in 1927. He and his family fled war-torn Germany and sought refuge in Shanghai, China for twelve years where he met his future wife, Steffi Goldberger. After the war, they moved to Israel, and Willie proudly served in the Israeli army. Willie and Steffi were married and their first child was born in Israel. In 1954, the family immigrated to the United States and set down roots in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Determined to make a good life for his family, Willie worked days at Owens Illinois and attended Carnegie Tech in the evening receiving his degree in electrical engineering. He became an executive for Owens Illinois and Contraves Goerz Corporation. He also founded his own vending business, Willie Berg Vending. His life philosophy and goals were honest and simple – work hard and love your family. Contributions can be made to Friendship Circle of Pittsburgh,1922 Murray Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217