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September 2014


Longtime Sussex resident Bill Berger dies

Sussex is grieving the loss of longtime resident and business owner, Bill Berger.

Berger came here in 1975 at age 54 and put down roots as he continued retirement in a place where he could be close to his five children who had come to live in the greater Sussex and Lake Country area.

He bought the former Taylor Hotel also once called Paul's Tap and Templeton Hotel that was once located in the old Templeton part of Sussex. He turned it over to his children to run renaming the establishment Olde Templeton Inn. Berger is also known for being a staunch supporter of the Sussex Lions Club. His pocketbook was always open to their causes.

Olde Templeton Inn became very popular for both the locals and visitors especially for its Friday night fish frys. It underwent many renovations.

However, the state had plans to reconstruct Waukesha Avenue and Main Street and the government used imminent domain razing the business for the new roadway in 2007. The last day of business was Feb, 4, 2007 and the building was torn down in mid-September of that same year.

Berger remained in the background and frequented Rumors to visit with friends and watch the Bears play. He recently celebrated his 90th birthday there.

Below is the obituary his family submitted.

William A. “Bill” Berger of Sussex. Found peace on March 25, 2012. Age 90 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty and son, Mike. Dear dad of Sue (fiance Bill Dolphin) Tingle, Steve (Denise) Berger, J Berger, Kathy (the late Dale) Koehler and John Berger. Proud grandpa of Ryan Tingle, Kari (Rick) Nelson, Michael (Kathy), Zach (Melissa), Jason (fiance Jamie), JJ (Katie), Chance and Barrie Berger and great-grandpa of Katie (Nate), Ricky, Rose, Cami, Ethan, Emmerson, Bradley, Brandon, Nathan, Kylie, Owen and Aodhan. Further survived by other relatives and friends.
A Time of Sharing will be held Sat. March 31 at the Funeral Home at 3 PM. The family will casually receive relatives and friends from 1-3 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight are appreciated. Bill was a proud Captain while flying for 34 years for United Airlines and he now has his wings.
A.A. Schmidt & Sons
Funeral and Cremation Services
W250 N6505 Hwy 164

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