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LILIAN (JUNE) BERG
Born: Jun 06, 1933
Date of Passing: Oct 14, 2021Offer Condolences or Memory
LILIAN (JUNE) BERG
1933 - 2021
Peacefully on October 14, 2021, Lilian 'June' Berg (nee Kobar) at Extendicare Tuxedo Villa in Winnipeg.
June was born on June 6, 1933 in The Pas, Manitoba to her parents, Peter and Gertrude Kobar (nee Gislason). She grew up in the small northern Manitoba community of Herb Lake, and was the youngest of four siblings, brothers, Buster and Bart, and sister Ann. The family lived a pioneer life in a home with no running water or electricity, and relied on hunting, trapping and prospecting as a means of survival. June and Ann moved to Winnipeg as teenagers to complete their high school education at Balmoral Hall (then Rupert's Land Girls School). Following graduation in 1950, June enrolled at the Winnipeg General Hospital School of Nursing, and graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1954 with the '54B-ers class.
June met her future husband, Melvin in Winnipeg in 1957, and the two were married on May 23, 1959. For the first couple of years of their marriage, June and Mel resided in the 'basement suite' at the house of Mel's sister Lil, and Lil's husband, Bob McKnight in Winnipeg. June and Mel purchased a small house in the River Heights area of Winnipeg in 1961, and purchased a small cottage in the Ponemah area of Lake Winnipeg, south of Gimli in 1963.
June and Mel started a family life together and had two children, sons, Jeffrey and Douglas. June's passions were her family, her career as an RN at the Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg, and her many friends and relatives. Summers were spent at the family cottage where June would take two months off from work to be there with Jeff and Doug. Mel would drive out from Winnipeg every weekend. June was very involved in both Jeff and Doug's school education, and always emphasized the importance of an education. She was well known for hosting large dinners at their house for friends and relatives, often extending the dining table well into the living room! Out-of-town friends and relatives always had a place to stay at the Berg household when they were in Winnipeg. Conversation was important at all gatherings, and June made sure everyone participated so no one would feel 'left-out'. She was genuinely interested in everyone's personal stories and contributions. This consistently established a welcoming environment for all which is why June's dinners were always well-attended! June and Mel were also longtime active congregation members of St. Mark's Lutheran church in Winnipeg.
June will be fondly remembered as a sincere, kind and caring individual. She truly loved everyone, and remained close to all who knew her including siblings, relatives, and countless friends. She never met a stranger, and could engage effortlessly in conversation with any individual at an airport, in a grocery store lineup, or any social situation. She would come out of these conversations knowing everything about the person she had just met - their names, their children's names, where they lived, worked, etc., and she remembered all this information. She had an impeccable memory for birthdays, special occasions, and important appointments. Everyone could always count on June to know what was going-on at any given time, or be comforted by 'Nurse June' if they were not feeling well or needed some medical attention.
After selling their second house of 50-years in 2017, June and Mel lived in a retirement community facility, before finally moving to Extendicare Tuxedo Villa in early 2021 where they shared the same room. They were married for 62-years and remained together right to the end.
June is predeceased by son Douglas (Kara); and survived by husband Mel, and son Jeffrey (Jennifer). June is also survived by grandchildren, Lyneah (Doug's child), and Rebecca, Allison and Emily (Jeff's children). June loved her grandchildren, and is fondly remembered as 'Grandma June'. She also loved her numerous nieces and nephews, who fondly remember her as 'Auntie June', or 'Second Mom'.
No service will be held at this time.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in memory of Lilian June Berg to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.
The family would also like recognize the staff of Tuxedo Villa for their exceptional care and compassion.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 23, 2021
Condolences & Memories (8 entries)
I am so sorry to hear of my Aunt June’s passing. Our condolences to all the family. Unfortunately I never got to know my Aunt that well or my cousins however anytime we got to see June and her husband Mel we were welcomed. Rest In Peace Aunt June.❤️ June was my Dad's sister. - Posted by: Jackie Kobar Dromberg (Niece) on: Nov 22, 2021
I am so very privileged to have been holding June's hand when she left this world. She truly was an angel,as anyone who knew her will tell you. She was the warmest, most caring lady I have ever known. June was like a mother to me after I lost my own. She was like a mother to many. She always cared about what others problems were. She listened with genuine concern to other's problems. She always had a hug, a cup of coffee, and a cookie to offer. I always felt happy after a visit with her. Whenever anyone was in hospital, she would bring her sweet smile to visit. If anyone had illness or death in their home, she was there with a casserole and cookies. I could go on forever! My Aunt June made the world a better place, and will certainly be missed. Heaven has gained another angel. Now she is with her baby boy again. We love you always. - Posted by: Susan Heglin (Niece) on: Nov 01, 2021
A wonderful tribute to one of the warmest and kindest women I have known. A consummate professional and incredibly gentle, June was respected and well liked by patients and the entire health care team on RR6. May peace be with you June. - Posted by: Trish Bergal (Nursing Colleague) on: Oct 23, 2021
June was my mother's first cousin (their mothers were sisters) and anyone who knew June would say that she was one of the kindest women they knew. My condolences to Mel and Jeff and all of the family. - Posted by: Rhonda Gorham (Cousin) on: Oct 23, 2021
June was an integral part of my childhood…As Doug and I walked to school everyday, I had the privilege of seeing her every morning….The Bergs’ basement was where many of the neighborhood kids hung out, as they had a pool table, and they were very welcoming…Mel and June were very good to me, and always insisted that I stay at their place after I moved to Calgary…June was an exceptionally caring person, and will be missed very much…Our condolences to Mel, Jeff, and the rest of the family…. Craig & Linda Sedor - Posted by: Craig Sedor (Childhood friend of Doug) on: Oct 23, 2021
We were saddened to hear of Mrs. Berg's passing. She was always such a kind person, and I know will be sadly missed by all. Our condolences. - Posted by: Kevin & Christina Sedor (friends) on: Oct 23, 2021
What a blessing to those with lengthy illness in the Rehab Hospital. Nurse June had the love and respect of patients young and old. She exemplified the team spirit of the health care providers. - Posted by: Dr David Lyttle (Colleague at the Rehab Hospital) on: Oct 23, 2021
June was the first head nurse I met on E4 as a student in 1963 at WGH. She was exceptional. Her spirit for Herb Lake will always be with me as she fondly shared her stories of growing up there. She was so sad when Doug passed away but her appetite resumed once she had a feast of fresh Pickerel. Our class is meeting this week and will fondly be recalling what a wonderful nursing role model she was to all of us. To Mel, Jeffery and family, Kara and Lyneah and all the other family members we met at the Bolton our love and condolences to you all 💞💞🇮🇸 Gunvor Larsson and Sonja Lundström - Posted by: Sonja Lundstrom (Friend) on: Oct 23, 2021
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