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My stepfather, a local organist and pianist, died last week (8/22/08)
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Playing an electronic keyboard for two hours each morning in the basement of his Wayzata home was part of what made Edward Berryman an exceptional musician.

The organist and pianist, who died Friday at 88, made a national name for himself by teaching, directing church music, playing concerts and recording.

He was best known for his improvisations, and his repertoire included "hundreds, if not thousands'' of pieces he committed to memory, said Tom Rowland of Minneapolis, who took lessons from Berryman for more than 35 years.

Berryman's credentials included performances for the syndicated public radio program "Pipedreams," which highlights organ music.

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