Agnes "Nan" Berg passed away peacefully on August 24, 2018. Nan was born in Lynn, MA. on December
29, 1934 to William Duff MacPherson and Georgina MacCulium MacPherson. Nan married her childhood
sweetheart, Chet Berg, on May 8, 1955.
Nan is survived by her daughter, Christine M. Berg of Groton, CT, her brother in law, Richard Berg
and his wife, Peggy, her brother in law, Donald Berg, as well as many nieces and nephews who she loved
dearly. In addition to her parents, Nan was predeceased by her son, Steven W. Berg, her sister, Mary
Ann "May" Reid, her very dear nephew, Donnie Reid, her brother, William Keddie MacPherson, and her
brother in law, Kenneth Berg.
Nan's many talents and energy led her to explore a variety of career paths including Librarian,
bookmobile driver, organist/choir director, medical book salesperson, conference host, mother, and
wife. As a young child, she learned to play the piano. As a teen, she played the organ under the tutelage
of Esther Nazarian, organist and director of music at St. Paul's Church in Lynn where she sang in the
choir. Nan went on to become the organist/ choir director at the Church of the Redeemer in
Swampscott, Ma. and eventually at Greendale Peoples' Church in Worcester. While working at the State
Bureau of Library Extension, she took courses at Boston State College and became a Certified Librarian.
When Nan and Chet adopted their two children, Nan took an at- home job as executive secretary of
the New England Library Association. After 14 years, she moved on to become Administrative Assistant
to the Chief of Medicine at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, eventually becoming the Administrative
Assistant to the hospital Vice President. Eventually Nan joined her husband in the medical book business
where she was his greatest asset. As medical literature inevitably transitioned online, Chet and Nan
retired to their pondside home on Cape Cod, which they lovingly dubbed, "Lochan Ora".
Ever ambitious, Nan moved on to a position as a host for National Tax Institute, which fulfilled her desire
to travel. Putting her musical talents to work, she sang in the choir at Pilgrim Congregational Church, as
well as serving as a substitute organist at 15 other Cape Cod churches, including traveling to a Nantucket
church by ferry.
Nan was very proud of her Scottish Heritage, her parents and sister having been born in Scotland
before emigrating to the US in 1929. She was a lifetime member of the Clan MacPherson Assoc, U.S.
Branch, as well as a member of the Highland light Scottish Society.
Nan was a longtime member of Bayberry Quilters, the Quilt Bank, and a member of the Harwich
Nan was a warm, vibrant woman with a welcoming smile for everyone. She loved gatherings of old
friends and new. She especially treasured her many travel adventures with the love of her life. She will
be dearly missed by many friends and family.
A Memorial Service will be held at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Harwichport Ma., on September 29
at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pilgrim Church Memorial Fund, Rte. 28