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Steven J. Berka

Steven J. Berka

Steven J. Berka, 66, Superior resident, died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at his home after a nine year courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on Nov. 19, 1947, in Superior, Wis. to Steve and Jean (Harrer) Berka.

He graduated from high school and attended WITC for two years.

Steve was a maintenance worker for ABC Rail for 35 years and retired in 2001.

He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and a member of the former Polish Club.

Steve traveled to the Minnesota State Fair every year for both weekends for over 35 years. There is a bench at the fair that has his name and picture on it for his many contributions. He loved shooting pool and played for 47 years. He belonged to several pool leagues including the Polish Club, Devil's Inn and has been the captain of the Palace Bar team for the past 20 years. He was an avid deer hunter and enjoyed fishing. He loved to run Grandma's marathon and many other races.

Steve is survived by his wife, Laroyia; one daughter, Tammy (Darren) Kitchak; one son, James (Jennifer) Berka, both of Superior, Wis.; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and one sister, Judy (Gary) Marek, Grantsburg, Wis. and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, in the Downs-LeSage Funeral Home, 1304 Hammond Avenue, Superior. Visitation will resume on Saturday, Feb. 1, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 2316 E. 4th Street, Superior at 12:30 p.m. and continue until the 1:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial with Rev. James Tobolski as celebrant.

Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Superior.

Pallbearers for the service will be Steve's pool team, Jeff Hammond, Bill Lambert, George Larson, Mark Dinda, Ken Ormsby and Ditto Fairbanks.

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