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Date of Passing: May 20, 2013

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KAREN MARGUERITE BERG On Monday, May 20, 2013, Karen passed away on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia at the age of 54 years. A memorial service will be held on Salt Spring Island in June and another service will be held in Winnipeg at a later date. A longer obituary will follow. NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 25, 2013

Condolences & Memories (24 entries)

  • I also was late in hearing of Karen's passing. It was at the College of Physician and Surgeons of BC's AGM as we took our minutes of silence. I met Karen at Hay River where she was a periodic locum. She was a fine, skillful physician with a wonderful personality and a sense of adventure. I have no doubt she has had a major impact on all who worked with her and those who were cared by her. She still had much to contribute when she died. Chris Finch, MD - Posted by: Chris Finch (Colleague) on: Oct 02, 2014

  • I am so sorry to learn of your passing Karen. You were such a great spirit appreciated and admired by so many. We were friends in the Major Work program in Central Elementary School in Transcona and throughout Junior and High school years as well. She was always so smart and gifted. What I particularly appreciated about Karen all along was that she sincerely liked people and could read them well. Junior and Senior High can be challenging times with all the various groups and cliques. Yet, Karen was always able to connect with everyone by recognizing their strengths. Later, in our early years in University, Karen and I carpooled together and I always appreciated our conversations and the laughs. We have lost a lot with your passing. My condolences to your family, Ron Thorne-Finch - Posted by: Ron Thorne-Finch (Friend from long ago.) on: Jul 05, 2014

  • She was a beautiful person. Both strong and fragile. Always helpful and showed she cared, she was my doctor for many years. I miss her so much. Few doctors show such compassion for the community as Karen always did. She loved her children, and her dogs. But I felt she loved us all too. - Posted by: Shauna wahl (family dr.) on: Jul 12, 2013

  • Karen was my doctor from the age of 14, I am now 36. She watched me grow up and supported every path I took, through some hard times, I always felt calm after going to see her. I felt I could talk to her about anything. She was always sweet and kind to me. She was my doctor when I had my first child, at a very young age. I went to see her a few times last year after leaving SSI for 6 years. I am glad I was able to connect with her again and she will be greatly missed as she was the only doctor I felt comfortable going to. I still can't believe I won't be able to go back to her.....we will miss you Karen, thanks for all your support and renting me that cute place in the back when I was twenty. :) Sky - Posted by: Sky () on: Jul 03, 2013

  • It was with shock that i found out that karen had passed away. I met her in the NWT and spent many hours talking about life, her work, her children and the obstacles that many of us face each day. There were times when she would cause me to raise my eyebrows, like when i would bend down to tie my shoe after walking for 4 hours during which she would leap into karate stances, swinging her legs about or some yoga position and then laugh when she saw my expression. There were times too when tears fell because of regrets, wavering hope and fears, but those timeS always ended with renewed hope and determination. It is sad and unfair that "you" had to go, but the gifts you gave to me in my journey and in my heart will go on as i will give them away just as freely as you gave to me... - Posted by: Cindy C. (friend) on: Jun 20, 2013

  • Karen was my doctor for over 20 years, and she saved my life. She informed my of my breast cancer, and arranged treatment in Victoria. When things went from bad to worse, and the Cancer Clinic told me there was nothing else to be done, Karen was my advocate, and found a doctor to remove a tumor from inside my skull. It was benign, and my treatment continued. If Karen hadn't helped me, I don't think I would be here today. She was a very special person, and my heartfelt condolences go to her family at this very sad time. - Posted by: Linda Ramer (patient) on: Jun 08, 2013

  • Dr. Berg was my family doctor for over 23 years, from when I was 12 years old, to now almost 35. I can honestly say that in all that time she never once let me down. She was there for me during the most difficult times of my life, and I trusted her completely. She did not cut corners. She was kind, gentle, intelligent and real. I'll never forget her halter tops or her respectful and authentic manner. I admired her work ethic and stable support she provided to our small community over many years. She left us way too soon. My deepest condolences go out to her family for this very sad loss. - Posted by: Mary Fowles (Patient) on: May 31, 2013

  • It is rare to encounter someone who is present and listens deeply and compassionately. Dr. Berg you set the bar very high. You were present and made the time available feel spacious enough to accommodate whatever needed to be addressed and understood. Clearly you were there to first of all benefit your patients. Your closing, "What are you going to do about it?" was both confirming and respectful. The various animals who contentedly shared your waiting room were always good company and sparked a parting smile. May you be well. - Posted by: Janet (Tara) Goforth (patient) on: May 30, 2013

  • To my beautiful friend Karen, My heart is bursting with sadness. I so admired your strength and courage and the selfless love you shared with those around you.I loved the way you rejoiced and felt at peace when you were kayaking, hiking, biking enjoying the smells and sounds and beauty of nature. I am honoured to have been your collegue and know what a knowledgeable, compassionate and healing physician you were, you will be missed by all those who were cared for by you. I know how much you loved your children, Anora (Alex), Aren, and Sammy, and what an amazing mom you were. So much of the best of you are in your amazing kids. You are now at peace and I will never forget you. Lana - Posted by: Lana Lipkowitz (friend and colleague) on: May 29, 2013

  • During childhood, attending Doreen Bissett's School of Dance, I didn't know Karen but always watched her dancing with the eyes of a child watching magic. I wanted to be her, she danced with the Grace of angels. RIP Karen. - Posted by: Leslie (Sebastian) Hardy (acquaintence) on: May 29, 2013

  • I owe my life to Karen Berg. On my first visit she quickly identified my breast cancer and immediately set into motion the successful surgery and treatment. My husband and I had complete trust in her as a doctor and admiration as a friend. - Posted by: Betty Thompson (Patient) on: May 29, 2013

  • Fondly remember the fun times we had in school, dance, and hanging around Kootney crescent. My condolences to her family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. - Posted by: Barbara Giesbrecht (Laurie) (childhood friend Transcona) on: May 29, 2013

  • Many fond memories of water fights and barbecues growing up next door. Very saddened to hear of your passing Karen. I have thoughts of you dancing in the forever garden with your mom and dad. We are all truly blessed to have known you. Condolences to your family. - Posted by: Marianne Wiebe(Vandekerkhove) (Neighbour in Transcona) on: May 28, 2013

  • I fondly remember our family outing and fishing trips down the lake on Lac Seul and starting at Edward lake with Alex, Karen, Greg, Merrel & Ramona Berg and the Rodgers with our old pontoon boat and camping gear. Karen was always full of fun and I think caught quite a few fish. We camped, went swimming, enjoyed the camp fire and many fond memories when we were young. We never seem to have a care in the world then. Karen, we will miss you and we love you and hoping you find the peace of those days when we were young. In Loving memory of Karen from Patrick and Jo Anne Burke - Posted by: Patrick and Jo Anne Burke (Cousin) on: May 28, 2013

  • Karen worked for women's health over the years she worked for Planned Parenthood now known as Options for Sexual Health. She took her turn at her clinic on Mondays when she was able--not so easy when she had young children. And we were very grateful to her for the time she was able to give the clinic. I also watched her pull two different friends of mine back from the brink and one was able to enjoy her son's wedding, an event she had been waiting about thirty years to enjoy. She was a fine doctor and diagnostician. - Posted by: Jean Elder (Board of Options for Sexual Health aka Planned Parenthood) on: May 28, 2013

  • I will miss her as my doctor, she was there for me. My thoughts go out to family friend she will be missed. I am there for family any time. Thank you for being my Doctor. Kim - Posted by: kim gauthier (was my doctor) on: May 27, 2013

  • Karen was my doctor for almost 20 years. She was always very caring and supportive. I will truly miss her. My thoughts are with her family and friends. - Posted by: Nicolas Mai (patient) on: May 27, 2013

  • Thank you Karen for helping bring our precious daughter into this world 29 years ago. Under a very difficult birth was later the knowledge that you were there. God puts angels in our lives for a purpose and we are glad he placed you in ours. Laura now is a mother herself and me a grateful grandmother thanks in part to you. We have known your family since Girl Guide days and know you will be missed greatly. May you find peace in knowing that your parents and God's angels are now a forever presence. Our heartfelt condolences to your family. God bless. xoxoxoxo. Pat Brokke and family - Posted by: Pat Brokke (Friend) on: May 27, 2013

  • Karen was a close friend of mine in our mid to late teens. I liked Karen a lot. She was a wonderful person and I will hold very fond memories of her. - Posted by: Don Haack (High School freind) on: May 26, 2013

  • Karen has been a family friend over the decades and well liked by all who met her. - Posted by: rick vandekerkhove (family friend) on: May 26, 2013

  • It is with a heavy heart that I write this to you Karen and to your children. I have such fond memories of field trips, school lock in overnight slumber parties, standing by your side while you dissected a lamb's brain in front of a classroom of captivated grade 5 students. You were so involved, such a trooper. My heart is filled with sadness that you are no longer with your children. I hope these early years will carry your children into life knowing that you loved them dearly. Sending out love and healing thoughts. - Posted by: Cindy Rabson (community friend) on: May 26, 2013

  • I met Karen when she moved to Vancouver I think it was around 1989. Karen was living on a fantastic boathouse in False Creek, so we spent a lot of time just hanging around and talking about how grateful we were about the path our lives were taking us. At that time she decided to purchase the existing practice on Salt Spring and headed off to the Island on her adventure. We sort of lost touch over the years but we did connect over the holidays by cards and photos. This past Feb when visiting a friend on Salt Spring I decided to give her a call. WE connected by phone! We were going to physically get together in June, possibly a visit for her to Vancouver. I was so excited to connect and to possibly help my old friend with promises of hope and love. We connected by email a few days before she passed, so it came as such a shock when a friend from Salt Spring told me about her passing. She loved her children so much, she was one of a kind that Karen! I am so sorry I could not have done more to help her. My heart aches. We love you and miss you Karen. Please let me know when the service will be in salt spring and Winnipeg. - Posted by: Melinda Clancey-Dubienski (friend) on: May 26, 2013

  • I feel I owe my life to Karen, whom I always called Dr. Berg, out of respect for the fine physician that she was. She cared about me as a person and was enormously helpful and comforting to me during my troubles. I simply can't express in words how sorry I am that she is gone and will miss her very, very much. I truly loved her, as did so many of her friends and patients here on Salt Spring Island. - Posted by: Dorothy Cutting (Patient) on: May 26, 2013

  • I was a patient of Dr. Berg's for over 20 years. Her skills, compassion, intelligence and kindness saw me through some tough times. My condolences to her family. I will miss you. - Posted by: Maureen O'Brien (Patient) on: May 25, 2013

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