Joel Berlin, age 99, of St. James died on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at Pleasant View Good Samaritan Center in St. James.

Joel Berlin, age 99, of St. James died on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at Pleasant View Good Samaritan Center in St. James.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 at Hosanna Free Lutheran Church in St. James with Rev. Joe Faldet officiating. Burial, with full military honors provided by the St. James Veteran Honor Guard, will be at East Sveadahl Lutheran Cemetery, rural St. James. Visitation will be at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James on Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. and at the church one hour prior to services on Monday. You may send the family online condolences at Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Hosanna Free Lutheran Church, St. James and Good Samaritan Society, St. James.

Joel Albert Berlin was born May 12, 1914, on the family farm near St. James, the son of Albert and Ester (Jonsson) Berlin. Joel attended country school District 8 and later the U of M Ag school. Joel worked at the LaSalle Creamery for two years and then with DHIA until he was drafted into the Army. While in the Army, he married Evelyn Olson on January 4, 1942 in Lawton, Okla.
He returned to farming once he was discharged from the military. In 1960, Joel went to work for S-T Industries where he worked until retiring in 1979. Joel married Avis Hesse on January 27, 2000. Joel served on the board at East Sveadahl Lutheran Church and took church bulletins to residents at Pleasant View every Sunday after church for many years. He was a Life Member
and past Commander of American Legion Post 33 in St. James. He also served as Justice of Peace in St. James. In retirement he enjoyed trimming bushes, hedges and trees around town and Pleasant View. He also enjoyed watching and listening to the Minnesota Twins. He loved to read and listen to tapes of the Bible. Discussions about the Bible could last for hours with family and friends.

Joel is survived by his children, Clair (Kaydra) Berlin of rural Butterfield, Clinton (Ella) Berlin of Roy, Utah, Leighton (Sue) Berlin of Huron, S.D.; step-children, David (Pat) Hesse of rural Comfrey, Brian (Marilynn) Hesse of Fla., Scott Hesse of St. James; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters, Margaret Anderson of Springfield and Marian Stradtman of Glenwood.

He is preceded in death by his first wife Evelyn in 1998; second wife Avis in 2006; parents; infant brother; sister, Ruth
Sletta; brothers-in-law, Arnold Sletta, Vernon Anderson and James Stradtman.