In answer to some of your questions:
1) Does anyone have access to obit's, city directories or grave finding?
Since city directory searches are time consuming microfilm scrollings, I do not do them. However if you are willing to pay a few dollars, you can try this resource:http://www.rootsweb.com/~ilcook/Lookups/lookupcitydir.htm
- and give limitations on the number of pages you are willing to pay, as well as a year range, and give both first and last names of all people sought.
2) Also of interest is the neighborhood that Kimball ave is located. Is this a Norwegian settlement. Is there a Norwegian Lutheran Church in the area?
2250 Kimball Ave 1600-3200 NORTH ( a North-south street)
To convert Street name changes (1900 census), use:http://www.chsmedia.org/househistory/nameChanges/start.pdf
To convert pre-1909 street addresses into current addresses, use:http://www.chsmedia.org/househistory/nameChanges/start.pdf
To view the 2250 N Kimball Ave address, use this:http://www.newschicago.org/
and select â€œSingle Buildingâ€, â€œChicagoâ€, - this link shows a ariel photo of the property. (Click â€œMap of Propertyâ€ and you can see the lot in relation to nearby streets, and by un-zooming you can spot it relative to major streets (Kedzie, Fullerton, ...).
(NOTE: Fullerton is an east-west street just 2 blocks north of the Kimball address, so they may not have moved far between 1900 and 1910 censuses.)
enter address range and you will get a page that displays data regarding the building, with a link to a photo
The building at 2250 N Kimball Ave is a 2-flat in the Jefferson township area, in the Logan Square neighborhood, formerly one of two large Scandinavian (predominantly Norwegian) neighborhoods on the west side of Chicago. (Humboldt Park is the second neighborhood). Both are now predominantly Hispanic.
And YES, there is still a Norwegian -language church in the neighborhood, but I donâ€™t know what records they retain. (It would be about 8 blocks from their residence.)
Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church. 2614 N. Kedzie Boulevard. Chicago, IL 60647. 773/252-7335 (office) firstname.lastname@example.org
for photos of the church.
BTW, some of the now Spanish-language Evangelical churches were formerly Norwegian churches of various denominations, and some still retain the old Norwegian church books.
However, all Norwegian-language Lutheran congregations that no longer exist filed their church records at ELCA which are available on microfilm. ELCA offers a fee-based lookup service. I do not do free lookups for anyone else, even though ELCA is in a nearby suburb and I have found my own relatives there.
The cemetery nearest to Logan Square/Humboldt Park would be Mt Olive on Narragansett, and was originally Norwegian. Expect to pay a few $$ to get any info from them (they will confirm a burial for free, and give a location, but any research will have a fee). Yes, my own relatives are buried here, but I do not do visits there.
Mt Olive Cemetery & Mausoleum
3800 N Narragansett Ave, Chicago
Of course she could have been buried just about anywhere else too, as there are older cemeteries with Norwegians. Graceland, Rosehill are near Clark Street on the far north side - near the old Swedish neighborhood of Andersonville.
I will look for any Illinois death indexes for BERG.
Since Petra died in Wisconsin, it is VERY DOUBTFUL that her family would pay to place a death notice in a metropolitan newspaper (such as Tribune or Sun Times). I was hoping to locate the graves of her children or husband, with whom she is probably buried. (My own great-grandparents bought a plot of several graves, and buried most of their children with them - including married ones.)