Frances T. Berg

Feb. 29, 1924 - Sept. 13, 2012
Frances T. Berg

    Frances Taylor (Fran) Berg was a founding member of the Montauk Point Sun, Surf, and Wave Worshipers Association formed, tongue-in-cheek, in 1976. Members called themselves Pointers, and “worshipped” in the sandy cove east of Ditch Plain. According to their decree, “we shall consider anything else beside the Point.”
    “She was all about the beach,” her daughter, Elizabeth Berg of Edwards, Colo., said on Saturday, a fact seconded by Phil Berg of Montauk, her son. Fran Berg died last Thursday at home on South Fairbanks Street of complications from injuries sustained in a traffic accident near her house on July 4. She was 88.
    In addition to Phil and Elizabeth, Ms. Berg is survived by her son Thomas of Cuddebackville, N.Y., five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
    She was born on Feb. 29, 1924, the daughter of Cecile Herbert Taylor and the former Elizabeth Murray. She was born on the homestead settled in the late 1800s by her family in Timpas, Colo., outside Rocky Ford. She grew up in Martinsville, N.J., and attended Columbia High School there.
    She graduated from the University of Illinois and later earned a master’s degree in library science at Long Island University’s C.W. Post campus. She met her future husband, George Berg, at the University of Illinois. They later divorced. Ms. Berg worked as a librarian at a number of schools in Nassau County, and retired from the Freeport School District.
    Phil Berg said his parents liked to travel on their vacations. He remembered first visiting Montauk in 1954, later camping at the Hither Hills State Park campgrounds and then at Ditch Plain. “We fell in love with Ditch Plains,” Mr. Berg said.
    “I asked her once how long she’d been retired. ‘Longer than I worked,’ ” she answered with satisfaction, Mr. Berg said. Fran Berg was a devout sun worshipper who maintained her deep tan well past the summer months. She was an artist who enjoyed painting and drawing and was an active member of the Concerned Citizens of Montauk environmental group.
    A celebration of her life and potluck feast will be held at her house at 2 South Fairbanks Street in Montauk on Saturday starting at 3 p.m. Memorial contributions were suggested for East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach 11978, or the Concerned Citizens of Montauk, P.O. Box 915, Montauk 11954.