Nancy Iles Berger, 68, of Syracuse died peacefully Friday at University Hospital surrounded by family. A native of Syracuse she was a graduate of Wells College and earned an MS in Audiology from Syracuse University. Nan was a homemaker who spent most of her adult life volunteering in a variety of organizations. She served as a Cub Scout Den Mother and on the Boards of numerous organizations including Rockefeller Nursery School, Boys and Girls Club and Discovery Montessori School.
Nan had many passions, her love for gardening and conservation was exemplified by the numerous positions she held as a member of the Syracuse Garden Club and the Garden Club of America. The number of local, state and national leadership positions she held in these organizations is far too great to enumerate, but the impact she had was profound and well recognized through the numerous awards she received. No matter what project Nan tackled it was sure to be completed in a timely, professional and "perfect" manner. Her good nature, smile, empathetic personality and generosity were the traits that most exemplified her life. She was a great cheerleader for the underdog. In her spare time she loved to sing, dance, play bridge, bowl and celebrate life with those around her.
Surviving are her husband of 43 years, Robert J. Berger of Syracuse; son, John and his wife Raluca of Jacksonville, FL; daughter, Kathryn and her husband Henrik Aittola of Charlotte, NC; along with her beloved granddaughters, Hanna and Emmi Aittola; stepmother, Marilyn (Mrs. Walter G. Iles II) of Asheville, NC; sister, Susan O'Leary of Fairport, NY; brother, John and his wife Nina Iles of Jamesville, NY; sister, Cathy and her husband Chris Davenport of Asheville, NC; and several wonderful nieces and their beautiful families.
Calling hours will be at Fairchild & Meech Dewitt Chapel, 3690 Erie Blvd East, DeWitt on Tuesday, September 19th from 4:00 until 8:00pm. A private burial will be held at a later date.
Contributions, in lieu of flowers may be made to Hospice of CNY, 990 7th North Street, Liverpool, NY 13088 or a charity of your choice.