Dec. 26, 1933-April 16, 2019
Peter Westfall Berger of Pasadena died peacefully at home on April 16, surrounded by family.
Peter was born in Hollywood in 1933, the third of four children to Paul Francis and Inez Westfall Berger, and grew up in Pasadena, attending Mayfield
Jr. School and St. Philip the Apostle,
before moving on to Loyola High
School and then Santa Clara University. After college, Peter joined the Navy, earning the rank of LTJG and learning to land fighter planes on aircraft carriers.
Peter, with his brother Paul Francis Jr., then co-founded Berger Bros. Inc., a commercial construction company, in 1959. The two would go on to build many of the most prominent buildings throughout Southern California.
In 1959, Peter attended a dance wherein walked the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. He turned to his friend and said, “That’s the woman I’m going to marry.” Being a man of his word, Peter proposed to Eliane Derminghem just one month after their first date. Together they had nine children and spent nearly 60 years with each other.
An extremely hard worker all of his life, Peter always found time for his family. He was a loving, generous and thoughtful husband, father and grandfather. Never one to shy away from helping others, Peter lived what he taught. He was an incredibly kind man and a consummate gentleman.
Peter is survived by his older sister, Sister Inez Marie SHCJ; his wife, Eliane; his nine children and their spouses: Martha Johnson (Fred); Peter (Ingrid); Brian (Anne); Paul; Michael (Stacy); Jonathan (Robert Nachman); Angelique; Chantal Bennett (Stephen); and Ariana Kirkpatrick (David); 16 grandchildren; his sister-in-law Gretchen Berger and
her six children; numerous nieces, nephews and friends; and his loyal dog, Lucy.
The funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, April 22, at Holy Family Catholic Church in South Pasadena.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Carmelite Sisters at Santa Teresita.