Leona Joan Berg (nee Hiebert)
1939 - 2021
Mom was born on April 7th, 1939, in the Town of Winkler, the eldest child of Peter and Margaret Hiebert. This is where she spent her childhood and attended school. Following her high school graduation, Mom moved to Winnipeg where she work towards and graduated as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She worked as an LPN and continued in that role until starting a family. November 1, 1959, Mom and Dad were joined in marriage in the Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church by Bishop David Schulz. Mom and Dad were to become a shining example of what marriage should be. They were partners, best friends and truly enjoyed spending time with one another. Dad's career with Manitoba Telephone System brought Mom and Dad to many parts of the province, taking up residence in Rivers, Brandon, Arborg, and other points in the Brandon area until finally settling in Winkler in 1962. The earlier years were very hard on both of them with Dad being gone for long periods of time working the lines in different locations around Manitoba. They were very grateful for extended family and friends that were there to help. Family was the most important thing to Mom and Dad, and they were blessed with three sons, Bill, Gary and Darrel and one daughter, Lori. While Dad worked to provide for the family, Mom was busy looking after the day-to-day business of running a household. Their priority in life was always their children and later their grandchildren and then for mom, her great-grandchildren. We kids have many wonderful memories of vacations and camping trips with Mom and Dad. As we got older and had our own families, more memories of sharing Mom's delicious meals and watching Mom and Dad interact with their grandchildren. Even as Mom's health was failing and she could no longer cook the substantial meals she was famous for, we always enjoyed ordering in, and the meal was completed with Mom's homemade soups. It became much more about the family time, especially as we knew how important that was to Mom. Along with family, their faith and church were also a top priority. Mom and Dad were active members of the Winkler Bergthaler Church from the time they were married and served in the church together. Mom was not a woman to preach, but rather lived her faith every day and it was very evident in the way that she treated others. Always a smile on her face and a kind word for all she met. Mom and Dad volunteered with Meals on Wheels, Salem Home, MCC, Winkler Food Cupboard and many other areas. After Dad retired Mom and Dad began a new and exciting time in their life. They were able to enjoy all their grandkids activities and were a fixture at sporting events, school concerts, piano recitals, and anything else they could squeeze into their busy schedule. Mom enjoyed nothing more than feeding people and having them enjoy each other's company around her table. Other hobbies of hers were reading, knitting, playing cards, and visiting. It was very important for Mom and Dad to build relationships with their friends and extended family and made time for those visits. Many a card game lasted late into the night, and Monday Morning breakfasts with the Berg family were thoroughly enjoyed.
Mom lost the love of her life on December 29th, 2007 and lost her son, Gary and daughter in-law, Tammy, on September 8th, 2017. Dad’s passing was always with her and it left a hole in her heart which remained until her last days. Gary and Tammy's death was overwhelming for mom and she grieved their loss deeply. Throughout these extremely difficult years, Mom was an example of inner strength. She was a woman of deep faith and the assurance that one day she would be reunited with her loved ones carried her through her darkest days. We know she is rejoicing with them in Heaven. On Friday December 17th, 2021, shortly after noon, Mom passed away peacefully with family at her side.
She leaves to mourn; son, Bill and Hilde Berg (Steven and Sara – sons, Sam and Luc, Elizabeth and Robert – daughters, Hayley and Paige, Karilynn, Charnelle and Jim – daughters, Isla and Iris); daughter, Lori and Darrell McElroy (Nolan, Sydney); grandsons, Kyle and Jill, Eric and Sean; son, Darrel and Janice Berg (Mackenzie, Joseph, Mark); sister, Judy and family, five sisters-in-law and their families.
We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to the doctors, nurses and staff at Boundary Trails Health Centre (cancer care) and Tabor Home for their tender and compassionate care of Mom. Mom often expressed her gratitude for Dr. Gacutan and the above and beyond care he provided for her, the nurses that took a little extra time to make her comfortable, and all the others that had a role in caring for her. We would also like to thank all those who took the time to visit Mom at home, at the hospital, and Tabor. May God richly bless you!
Mom, we will miss you more than we can say, but we know that we will see you again.