Christine Ann (Berger) Allgood, one of seven children of Edwin Casper and Alberta June (Hector) Berger, was born October 29, 1953, in Auburn, Nebraska. Chris was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Auburn where the family worshiped for many years. Chris grew up in rural Auburn, attending country school thru the 2nd grade and then Auburn Public Schools, graduating from Auburn High School in 1972.
After high school, Chris attended Peru State College and graduated in 1976 with a degree in Home Economics. She enjoyed serving the community of Nemaha County as a social worker and then as the activities director at Good Samaritan Society in Auburn.
On September 3, 1982, Chris married Phil Allgood at Coryell Park near Brock, Nebraska. The couple soon built their first home in the country just outside of Peru, Nebraska, and started a family. They were blessed with two daughters, Chelsea and Charlotte. In 1990 the young family moved to their dream acreage in the hills along the Missouri River. It was also during this time Chris felt her calling to become a teacher, and while working full time and raising two children, she returned to Peru State College to earn her teaching degree. Chris truly found her passion in teaching while working with students at Johnson-Brock, Rock Port, Locust Grove, and Auburn Public Schools. She had an innate gift for lifting others up and helped her students as if they were her own children. A former student commented recently that Chris “never gave up on her”. That simple phrase fully encompasses who she was, not only as a teacher, but in all her roles – wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend.
In 2001 Chris and Phil built their second home together in Peru where Chris was comforted throughout her final days with her family. Family was first to Chris. She was actively involved in her girls’ activities and was always willing to step up when needed. She cherished time with her girls as they grew and lived for her grandkids as they came along. Chris answered to many names – Chrissy Ann, mom, Mrs. Allgood – but it’s safe to say Grandma was her favorite.
Chris had a big heart and dedicated her life to helping others. Shortly after her diagnosis with breast cancer in 2015, Chris found comfort in becoming an active member of Nemaha County Giving Hope where she could continue helping others whose lives had also been touched by the all-too-common disease. In addition to her work in the community, Chris enjoyed sewing, gardening, and canning the produce she grew.
Chris fought an up and down battle with cancer for six years. She always took the bad days and somehow turned them around, finding a silver lining and living her mantra, “faith, hope, and humor.” There was never a shortage of laughter and sillies when she was with her girls and grandchildren. With the help of her family and friends she chose to stay at her home in Peru as the disease took its toll. She was at home, surrounded by family, when she passed on in the early morning hours of Friday, July 30, 2021. Her parents, sister Adrienne, mother-in-law Fern Allgood, and father-in-law Johnny Allgood preceded her in death.
Among the many who will remember Chris’ spirited and giving way include her husband Phil Allgood of Peru; daughters and sons-in-law Chelsea and Austin Parker of Auburn, Charlotte and Andrew Carpenter of Peru; grandchildren Jaxson Keuten, Branch Parker, June and Emma Carpenter; sisters Catherine Berger of Valentine, Linda Blumenthal of Omaha, Janet (Tom) Osborne of Auburn; brothers Greg (Kim) Berger of Ralston, Paul (Renee) Berger of Elkhorn; sisters-in-law Marlene (Bob) Balance of Russellville, KY, ,Marcia Reeves of Peru; brothers-in-law Rich (Carolyn) Allgood of Auburn, Jerry Allgood of Auburn; other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Auburn. Visitation will be on Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with family greeting friends 5:00 to 7:00, at Hemmingsen Funeral Home in Auburn. Burial will take place in Mt. Vernon Cemetery at Peru.
Memorials are suggested to Nemaha County Giving Hope Cancer Fund.