Diane Louise (Solberg) Bervig, 77, Paradise Point, ND, passed away early Friday morning, October 26, 2018, at Bethel Lutheran Home, surrounded by her loved ones. It should be noted that on her “last good day,” she voted via absentee ballot. Everson-Coughlin Funeral Home is making arrangements for the family.
Diane’s memorial service is being held Tuesday, October 30 at 2:00 p.m. at Faith United Methodist Church, Williston, ND. Ross and Val Reinhiller will officiate. The family requests that memorials be directed to Faith United Methodist Church, The Family Crisis Shelter, or the CHI St. Alexius Health Hospice Program.
Friends may sign a guest register at the church for the hour preceding the service.
Diane Bervig was born in Cando, ND, on February 8, 1941. She was the oldest daughter of Andrew and Christine (Vaselenko) Solberg, and step-mother, Mary (Harvey) Solberg.
Diane was raised and educated in Lander, WY, and Williston, ND; she graduated from Williston High School in 1959. While working at the Bar-B-Q Drive-In in high school, Diane met the love of her life, Allen Bervig. They were united in marriage on August 30, 1959, at 1st Lutheran Church, Williston, ND. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Fargo, ND, where Allen attended North Dakota State University, and Diane attended to Al and their life together. During Al’s Army service, they lived in Ft. Bragg, NC. Afterward, they made their home in Fargo, Great Falls, Rapid City, and eventually settled in Williston in 1970. Al became a professor of economics at Williston State College, enjoying 30 years of teaching.
Diane enjoyed being busy and civically engaged. In 1974, she became the first and only female mayor of Williston, serving with pride and distinction. MS Magazine featured Diane, as well as others, in a February 1975 article, titled “Found Women.” She was also a founding member of the Family Crisis Shelter in Williston, which was the first domestic violence shelter in the State of North Dakota. Other board memberships included the Williston Community Library, Western Cooperative Union, State of North Dakota Board of Mental Health, and other boards too numerous to mention. For the past several years, Diane could be found at the CHI-St. Alexius Hospital gift shop, meeting and greeting all who entered.
Diane was a devoted mother, wife, and above all, grandmother. She loved her four children, but adored her 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She spent her free time following them in hockey, basketball, volleyball, softball, theater, speech, choir, recitals, high school, and college graduations.
Other interests of Diane’s included music, her church and travel. She sang in the Faith United Methodist Church choir, Sweet Adelines, and the Feminaires, a women’s barbershop quartet. Quilting with her friends, the Faith Quilters, would bring her to town every Thursday for fun, food and fellowship. Additionally, Al and Diane traveled extensively nationally and internationally.
Diane is survived by her daughter, Andrea (Chuck) Black, and their children Brittney (Chris) Roemmich and daughter Ruby; Reese (Marcy) Black and son Dax; Ian (Tess) Black and sons Charlie and Bjorn; Emily Black and fiancée Alec Driscoll; Abby Black; Keenan Black; Julie Legare and her sons Brandon Kinsey; Jordan Wells; and Andrew Legare; Lynn (Bill) Bosley and their daughters Taylor Bosley and Morgan Bosley; her son, James (Denise) Bervig and their children Bennett Bervig; Jamison Bervig; and Olivia Bervig. Diane is also survived by her sister, Barbara Solberg, and her brother Alan (Sandra) Solberg, and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Diane was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Al Bervig, and her brother, Dorne Solberg.
Friends are welcome to visit www.eversoncoughlin.com to share memories of Diane or leave condolences for her family.