MERRILLVILLE, IN - Raymond Joseph Berger, age 84 of Merrillville, passed away on December 2, 2017. He was born and raised in Queens, NY and was the founder and owner of Security Systems by Ray Berger and Northern Indiana Illinois Alarm Company (NIIAC). Ray was a Korean War Army Veteran and member of the Gary Sportsman's Club. He was a passionate entrepreneur and inventor and will be fondly remembered as an avid angler, accomplished golfer, and shrewd pinochle player.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents: August and Maria Magdalena Berger. He is survived by his former wife, Catherine 'Kitty' Berger; children: Joseph Berger (Merrillville), Raymond Berger (Carmel, IN), Robert Berger (Merrillville), Theresa (Daniel) Nicksic (Valparaiso), Marianne (Raymond) Piazzi (Carmel, IN); grandchildren: Joseph Berger, Matthew (Rachel) Berger, Lacie Berger, Christopher Berger, Maggie Nicksic, Lucca Piazzi, Leo Piazzi; great grandchild, Isaiah Russell; sisters: Anna Marie Cavanaugh and Bernadette Bruno.
Friends are invited to visit with Ray's family on Friday, December 8, 2017 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. prior to the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew the Apostle Church, 801 W. 73rd Ave., Merrillville, IN. Cremation will precede the Mass. Inurnment at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Merrillville, IN. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ray's name to The First Tee, Lake County, IN or VNA of Porter County. BURNS FUNERAL HOME, Crown Point, IN entrusted with arrangements.