Louise B. White
Louise Berg White, 89, passed away Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, in Southern Pines. She now joins her beloved husband of 65 years, John B. (Jack) White, who died on Dec. 8, 2012.
Louise was born in Altoona, Pa., on Nov. 1, 1923, the oldest of five children of William W.H. Berg and Marie Lingenfelter Berg. She moved to Oakmont, Pa., at an early age and attended school there, graduating from Oakmont High School in 1941. She went on to take additional courses in business and secretarial training at the University of Pittsburgh. Louise worked for Koppers in Pittsburgh as a secretary and then supervisor of the secretarial pool.
On June 21, 1947, Louise married another Oakmont native, Jack White, and they had a full and happy life together. Jack’s career took him from Pittsburgh to New Jersey, back to Pittsburgh, to Philadelphia, then to Harrisburg, and finally Philadelphia, where he retired from Bell Telephone in 1984.
In the meantime, Louise tended to home and family, teaming with Jack to raise their four children. Louise also managed to find time for many talents and interests, including cooking, gardening, decorating and crosswords. She was an active member of the Presbyterian Church and provided leadership to local school groups and garden clubs.
In 1984, Jack and Louise moved to Whispering Pines, for a happy, active retirement, which included golf, community service, travel, family holidays and fellowship with many friends. They spent their last several years in the Belle Meade retirement community in Southern Pines, where they received the attention and care of many fine people.
Louise is survived by her four children, David J. White and his wife, Kathy, of Lewisville, Dennis A. White and his wife, Connie, of Oakland, Calif., Douglas W. White and his wife, Dale, of Albion, Mich., and Diane W. O’Dwyer, of Chester Springs, Pa. She is also survived by her three grandchildren, Chris White, of Raleigh, John White, of Oakland, Calif., and Kate O’Dwyer, of West Chester, Pa.
Louise was preceded in death by two brothers, William Berg Jr. and Charles Edward (Chip) Berg. She is survived by her youngest brother, retired U.S. Army Col. James Berg, of Bozeman, Mont.; and her sister, Judith Berg Kohn, of Ware, Mass.
A memorial service for Jack and Louise will be held at a later date in their home town of Oakmont, Pa., to celebrate their love, their spirit, and their kindness.
Online condolences may be made at www.bolesfuneralhome.com.
Boles Funeral Home and Crematory of Southern Pines is serving the family.