Berger, Rolland J. (Rolley), Hemlock, Michigan

Loving husband, father and grandfather passed away on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at the age of 69. The son of the late Rolland W. and Rose Mary (Drbul), Rolley was born on November 4, 1941 in Saginaw. He married Kathryn Rowe Newland on July 7, 1979; she survives him. He retired from Saginaw Steering Gear and was a General Contractor for over 40 years. Rolland was an active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hemlock. He was also an avid volunteer working with the Red Cross Disaster Team, the Citizen Corps of Saginaw County, and St. Mary’s. He developed a love of gardening and helped with many gardens throughout Michigan. Rolley loved Michigan and especially the Upper Peninsula. He and Kathy were Campground Hosts for Michigan’s State Parks; and Rolley’s favorite was the magnificent Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park. Rolley helped all campers with whatever they needed, and the campers (and Rangers) enjoyed his famous Saturday morning pancake breakfasts. Rolland was generous with his time and attention. His love for animals, nature and his fellow human beings will endure. He was a ‘legendary’ story teller. The grandchildren will especially miss his wonderful stories. Surviving besides his wife, Kathy are his children; Michelle (Cy) Montakhab, R. John Berger, Chris (Tina) Berger, Jeff (Adrienne) Newland, Julie Newland, and Robyn (Adam) Averbach; 10 beautiful grandchildren; a brother Steve Micsak and sister Tammy (Pat) Ortwin; his foster daughter Vicky as well as many loving sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends. Funeral Liturgy will take place on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Hemlock. Fr. Steve Gavit will officiate with burial at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the W. L. Case and Company Funeral Chapel, 201 N. Miller Road, Sunday from 2:00-8:00 p.m. where a vigil service will take place at 5:00 p.m. and on Monday at church, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral liturgy. In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a favorite animal shelter, the Girl or Boy Scouts or a charity of your choice.