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BERGMANN, Bernice Eileen

(nee Craven)

February 11, 1928 - October 26, 2009

Enveloped in love and the arms of her family, Bernice passed away peacefully in the palliative care unit of NRGH.

Born the youngest of 10 children on the family farm in Dundurn, Saskatchewan, she was pre-deceased by her father and mother, Richard and Ida Craven; brothers, John, Lloyd, and Norman; sisters Nellie, Mern, Lucille, Florence, and Eva.

She leaves to mourn, her husband of just under 60 years, Walter; son Donald (Wanda), daughters Susan and Judy (Paul); 7 grandchildren, Shawn, Sarah, Samantha, Amanda, Jason, Blair and Scott; 5 great grandchildren, Angel, Owen, Sammy, Patty and Jeremy; her sister Maxine and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

After schooling in Saskatchewan, she moved with her mother to BC where she worked for BC Tel before marrying and starting her own family. “Bunny” was a loyal, loving wife and a best friend to both her husband and sister. “Mother Bear” was a fierce defender of, a loving example to, and a best friend of her children. “Grandma” loved her grandchildren & great-grandchildren unconditionally and was fiercely proud of their every achievement.

We all cherish her cuddly handmade quilts—one for each; and will miss her care packages of homemade chocolate chip cookies and butter tarts. Her photo albums remain as a history of and tribute to our family.

“Aunt Bunny” was a favoured lady, graced with many phone calls, cards and visits— all of which she treasured. She was a Snowy Owl, a Den mother, a surrogate Mom/Grandma to many of her children’s friends, a gardener, a baker, and a friend. She supported the causes she believed in: cancer research, heart & lung and stroke foundations, and her family. From the day she was born, Bernice had a zest for life and all it could offer. Her love of life, family and flowers; faith in the goodness of people; and her uplifting smile are memories that will live on. We thank her for this.

Although you are gone, you will never be forgotten. You live on in your husband and children’s love, and your grandchildren’s caring ways, loving hearts, eyes, smiles and laughter.

Rest in peace, we love you now, forever and always.

A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring,

her favourite time of year.

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