June K. Berg - Mother's Day 2014 - In Memoriam
- Published on Friday, 09 May 2014 19:39
- Written by Stanton O. Berg
(Mother's Day May 1994 - Majestic Oaks Country Club)
June, it is once again “Mother’s Day” and a time to recount the many ways you have blessed the lives of our children and grandchildren as well as my own life. Your life has been one series of love gifts that you have given to your family, your children and grandchildren.
The children and grandchildren all have fond memories of the many times and events in which you have touched their lives over the past years. Here are some of the children's and grandchildren's remembrances of you and your love:
Children and Grandchildren Remembrances
Dan remembers the Christian attitudes and training he received from you as well as a feeling of being valued 100% of the time.
Julie remembers as a little girl how you would gently wake her in the mornings by softly rubbing her back. In adult times she is grateful for the many years that you helped care for her children so she was able to keep her job. She says “You were even in the delivery room with me when my first child was born or I would have been alone. I remember the tears in your eyes and you telling me that you wished that you could take the pain instead of me. You always put family and friends before yourself.”
David and Susan both remembered how you would take raisins from your own bowl of cereal and add to theirs so they would have more. “Thanks for the Raisins Mom!” I am sure that David who is now in Heaven with you, is telling you of his love in person.
Emily remembers when her Mom had to work, you were always there waiting with a big smile to greet her when she returned home from school.
Erik remembers the time you took him to Red Wing and a Yacht trip with the Captain who let him steer the boat.
Steven remembers when you took him to visit his grandparents in Wisconsin and then stopped by the famous Al Capone’s hideaway of the “Roaring 20’s”
Kristen remembers when you took her to Milwaukee on her first train ride to visit an aunt and uncle. Kristen also remembers when you would read them Children’s Bible Stories.
Amanda remembers when she stayed over night and became the ice cream gourmet of her family when you introduced her to Haagen Dazs ice cream.
Gretchen I believe speaks for all the grandchildren when she describes you: “Visiting Grandma June was like going to Disney Land. We always had so much fun together. Laughing and being silly. She would connect the garden hose from the laundry room and fill the wading pool so we would have nice warm water to play in. We would bake cookies, play games, shop, and go to the movies and even Valley Fair. She did everything to make us happy. I loved how she used to tuck me in at night and pray with me at bed time. She would read to me while I was all cozy in bed. She always made me feel very special and very loved. What an incredible Grandma.”
Most of the children and grandchildren remember your special breakfast pancakes always in the shape of Mickey Mouse with chocolate chip eyes, nose and mouth.
All of the children remember the traditional banana splits that you would create for them every Sunday evening.
What a great role model of love and compassion you have always been to the family. When your own Mother suffered a devastating and paralyzing stroke, you put your own life on hold and traveled 200 miles round trip to Wisconsin every week to spend a few days with your Mom visiting, assisting with her care and comforting her. You did this faithfully for two years until your Mom mercifully passed away.
It was in January of 1998 that you were first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s after noting short term memory problems in 1997. Your journey into the shadows of Alzheimer’s was a very long, dark and sad time for all of us. After an almost 12 years battle with Alzheimer’s, you gave up your exhausting struggle when God called you home on 23 October 2008.
You have lived a life of love and compassion with a strong faith in God. You have been an inspiration to the entire family. The children and grandchildren will never forget that “incredible” mother and grandmother, nor will I ever forget the wife who made my life an adventure and who will always be the love and light of my life. There will never be another!
We all love you deeply and miss you so very much!
Stan, the Children and the Grandchildren
June who is the mother of four (4) children is also the grandmother of (10) ten grandchildren and the great grandmother to (10) ten great grandchildren and the great great grandmother to (1) great great grandson....June has a total of 21 grandchildren. Because of Alzheimer's, June was not able to meet 8 of her last grandchildren...it is hoped that through this website, all of June's grandchildren will someday know about their very special grandmother. One great granddaughter is named June (Grandson Erik's daughter) after her grandmother June.
History of past and Current Published Mother's Day Tributes
2014 Tribute published - Minneapolis Star - Tribune, Sunday - Mother's Day, 11 May 2014
2013 Tribute published - Minneapolis Star - Tribune, Sunday - Mother's Day, 12 May 2013
2012 Tribute published - Minneapolis Star - Tribune, Sunday - Mother’s Day, 13 May 2012
2011 Tribute published - Minneapolis Star - Tribune, Sunday - Mother's Day, 08 May 2011
2010 Tribute published - Minneapolis Star - Tribune, Sunday - Mother's Day, 09 May 2010
2009 Tribute published - Minneapolis Star - Tribune, Sunday - Mother's Day, 10 May 2009
2008 Tribute published - Minneapolis Star - Tribune, Sunday - Mother's Day, 11 May 2008
2007 Tribute published - Minneapolis Star - Tribune, Sunday - Mother's Day, 13 May 2007
June's Gift of Music...Beginning in the year 2009, a music concert has been performed by June's Benedictine Blue Grass Five on Sunday Mother's Day at the Benedictine Health Care Center, Innsbruck, New Brighton, Minnesota as a gift from and in memory of June K. Berg to the residents. June was a resident in the Alzheimer's Villa of the Benedictine Health Care Center during the years 2006-2008. June passed away on 23 October 2008. This hour long concert features Country Western and Blue Grass music as well as the type of music that most residents "grew up with". To read more about June's Gift of Music, click on the below link to go to the page describing this love gift from June...Concerts are actually performed 4 times a year for the residents on special days in June and Stan's life. (Valentines Day, Mother's Day, June and Stan's Anniversary August 16th and June's Birthday on November 8th) This Mother's Day 2014 will be the 23rd consecutive performance of June's Benedictine Blue Grass Five.
Deb Apuli - Hopkins, Minnesota - (12 May 2013): "I just finished reading your beautiful Mother’s Day letter to June. I pray that you all have a blessed day sharing memories and celebrating June’s love and how she taught her own children to be wonderful parents. May God bless you all, Deb."
Kathy Ann - Isanti, Minnesota -(12 May 2013): "A beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman. Thank you for sharing it, Stan. Reading it brought warm memories of time spent with my own grandma. Special memories indeed."
Helaine Berman - Prescott, Arizona - (10 May 2014): "You are blessed to have so many wonderful memories."
Cindy Jones - Lake Jackson, Texas - (10 May 2014): "Very loving tribute!"
Nicki Gary McLean - Ontario, Oregon - (10 May 2014): "Stanton, thank you for sharing with us."
Pamela Gilbertson Stenstrom - Spring Lake Park, Minnesota - (11 May 2014): "Stan, I just spent the last 1 1/2 hours on June's web site revisiting. I am missing her and wishing her a happy mothers day!"
Shibley Rahman - London, United Kingdom - (11 May 2014):"Thanks a lot for sharing."
Sandy Spencer - Phoenix, Arizona - (11 May 2014):"Stan, I hadn't noticed how close together June and my Mom were in passing. I lost my mom Just after Mother's Day 2008. Seems like yesterday, doesn't it?"
June Berg passed away on 23 October 2008 after almost 11 weary years of battling Alzheimer's. June's funeral notice as printed in the Minneapolis Star Tribune following her death in October 2008 can be found on the top blue navigation strip under the label "In Memoriam" and on the drop down menu or click this link: