Bricelyn Charles Raymond Amberg, age 76, passed peacefully into God's arms on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at his home in rural Bricelyn. He was lovingly embraced in his last hours by his three sons, Todd Vincent, Tyrell Charles, Thad Tomas, and his wife, Mary Lee "Teita".
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Jan. 9, 2014, at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Blue Earth. The Rev. Peter Klein officiated and interment will be private for family only at a later date. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Bricelyn was in charge of arrangements.
Charles was born July 24, 1937, to William Raymond Amberg and Ida Elizabeth (Murphy) Amberg, in Waseca. He resided in Waseca until the family moved to Mankato, where he graduated from Mankato High School in 1955. After a stint with the Marines at Camp Pendleton, Calif., he returned to Mankato, and there he met Mary Lee "Teita" Ackerman. They were united in marriage at St. John's Catholic Church on Nov. 29, 1958. In 1967, they moved to Eldora, Iowa, and then to Nevada, Iowa. Charles was employed by Kraus/Gentle Oil Company for his entire working career in Iowa, as a District Supervisor for 16 of the company's K/G Station Stores. After the three boys graduated from Nevada High School, Charles and his wife Teita opted to adventure up to Alaska to work in a remote site gold mine Nyac Mining Company, in Nyac, Alaska, for 14 years, where Charles processed raw product into "Miner's Bars". He eventually became general manager, and then Vice President of the company. After retiring from the mine in 1996, Charles opened and operated Amberg One Stop convenience station store in Elmore until 2008. He was an avid fisherman, golfer, and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Charles and Teita celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on Nov. 29, 2013.
Charles is survived by his wife, Mary Lee "Teita" Ackerman Amberg; three sons, Todd Vincent (Janelle) Amberg, of Las Vegas, Nev., Tyrell Charles (Leslie) Amberg, of Anchorage, Alaska, and Thad Tomas (Emily) Amberg, of Bricelyn; 10 grandchildren, Ryle and Alicia, of Anchorage, Aydan, Taylor, Logan, and Marshall, of Las Vegas, Jeremiah "JT", of Minneapolis, Zachary, of Mankato, Seth, of Tulsa, Okla., and Kirsten, of Mankato; sister, Mary (Pat) Bauer; two sisters-in-law, Gail Glashan and Mary Dahl; along with numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Robert and Walter.
Memorials preferred to UHD Home and Hospice, 515 S. Moore St., Blue Earth, MN 56013, or Catholic Diocese of Northern Alaska, 1316 Peger Road, Fairbanks, AK 99709.
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