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Carl "Drago" Berger, age 72, passed away Friday, February 23, 2018 at Lake West Hospital in Willoughby, Ohio. He was a resident of Kirtland Rehabilitation and Care. He was born August 13, 1945 in Braunau am Inn, Austria to the late Vinko and Dragica Berger.

Carl came to the United States in 1951 with his sister and parents. He grew up in Euclid and Cleveland, Ohio. In his youth he played baseball and was an all-star pitcher. He began playing the accordion at the age of three-years-old and continued to play into his later years. On warm summer days you could often find him on the front porch of his former Cleveland home playing for the neighborhood children as they danced in the yard. Carl also enjoyed taking walks, spending time with his pets, and having coffee with friends at the Euclid Beach McDonalds.

Survivors include his sister, Rosina Fuerst; niece, Bridget (Charles Galati) Fuerst and great nephews, Aiden, Noah and Ian Galati. The family would like to thank his long-term caregivers, which include the staff, doctors, and nurses at Kirtland Rehabilitation and Care.

A funeral Mass will be held 11:30 a.m., Friday, March 2, 2018 at Saint Mary's Church, Chardon, Ohio 44024. Please meet at the church.

The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Thursday March 1, 2018 at the Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 8466 Mentor Ave., Mentor, OH 44060.

Interment will be in All Souls Cemetery.

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