Berwager remembered as a woman with enthusiasm for life

Berwager remembered as a woman with enthusiasm for life
Julia Berwager is pictured celebrating her 85th birthday at her home in Manchester on April 5, 2003. (Courtesy photo / Rita Lord)

Friends and family describe Julia Berwager as a woman with enthusiasm for life and a strong commitment to her town. Berwager, of Manchester, died Jan. 13 at the age of 99 at Golden Crest Assisted Living in Westminster.

“She was a kind person,” said friend Dan Riley. “She was really a person that did for everybody and gave her time to everybody.”


Berwager was a retired teacher for the Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County public school systems. She gave her time to the Carroll County Farm Museum, Carroll Hospital, the Historical Society of Carroll County, the Manchester Historical Center, recreation councils and the Manchester Nature Center. She was recognized by the Lineboro-Manchester Lions Club with the Citizenship Award. She was also a longtime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Manchester.

The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, until the time of service at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 3184 Church St.

Manchester town administrator Steve Miller said Berwager “just wanted to make Manchester a better place to live.”

“She was the epitome of a town resident that wanted to keep our town beautiful,” he said. “She was always a good ambassador for Manchester.”

Friend Flora Abel said Berwager was “always bright and friendly and seemed to know everybody in town.”

“She was so special to me,” she said. “She would tell me stories about her life and I was always impressed that she was so independent and did just what she wanted to do. She never talked bad about anybody and she was very charitable.”

Nephew David Lord said his aunt “always pushed people to be the best they could be.”

“She definitely cared about lots of people,” he said. “She did lots of volunteer work. I think her mother and father instilled in her that she should take responsibility for other people.”

Lord said Berwager was also “not afraid to speak her mind on any subject.”

“I think she was outspoken for her time and would always question things,” he said. “She wasn’t afraid to go against popular opinion.”

Niece Susan Law said her visits with her aunt were “always filled her wit and words of wisdom.”

“What I remember the most about her was her enthusiasm for life and her commitment to our family,” she said. “She was very kind, very compassionate and extremely popular and gregarious. She was also very intuitive about people. She never failed to speak her mind. She was also very generous with family and friends.”