BERGSTROM, Jennifer Lynn
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June 26, 1953 – Prince Albert, SK
October 9, 2013 – Calgary, AB
Jennifer Bergstrom passed away on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at the age of 60 years. Jennifer was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, to Gerald and Jean Bergstrom, the only daughter and eldest of seven children. Jennifer left for Saskatoon and obtained a BA in Education from the University of Saskatchewan. After a few years in the hospitality industry in Saskatoon, Jennifer decided to move to Calgary. She listened to "I'm Alberta Bound" on the radio as she crossed the Saskatchewan/ Alberta border and always thought that was a good omen. Jennifer continued in the hospitality business in Calgary. Later she was recruited to enter the mortgage industry at Westcor Mortgage. After a few years, Jennifer founded her own business, Jencor Mortgage Corporation. Her logical and ever brilliant mind, her love of a discussion, some might say her love of an argument, her desire for helping people, her competitive nature, her concern to ensure her clients were treated fairly and well, led to a very successful personal career and a legacy company. Jennifer was an early entrant in the mortgage brokerage industry. Her success was an example for many, especially young women. Calgary has one of the strongest, most vibrant group of mortgage brokers in Canada and Jennifer's pioneering efforts played a big part of that development. Jennifer liked to hire friends so her work place was personal, friendly, passionate and highly entertaining, much like Jennifer herself. After retiring from her business in 1995, Jennifer travelled extensively, visiting Europe, Russia, South and North America and Asia. She saw much of the Mediterranean from a boat harboured in Cyprus. She especially enjoyed the Greek Islands often with visiting friends from Canada. She also began to winter in Costa Rica. Her exuberant social nature led to a new group of ex-pat friends and many new stories. Loving to tell a story and entertain, she became a gourmet cook where her entertaining took on a new dimension. Jennifer had many other interest and passions. Gardening became another pastime she easily mastered. Her yard was a colorful treat every summer, rivalling Butchart Gardens in visual intensity. She would often rattle off the Latin names of her favorite flowers. Cycling, scrabble; she mastered everything she became interested in. Although Jennifer was very successful, she was not materialistic, but she was a collector, a collector of friends. She had lifelong friends, restaurant friends, business friends, mortgage friends, real estate friends, Greek Island friends, Costa Rica friends and she had family friends. She truly loved hearing friends laugh at her stories and antics. Jennifer is predeceased by her father Gerald, who she greatly admired and loved and her brother Brett. She is survived by her mother, Jean of Saskatoon, SK and five brothers, Jack (Marilyn) of Sylvan Lake, AB, Greg (Loretta) of Fort St. John, BC, Wade (Brenda) of Prince Albert, SK, Kane of Saskatoon, SK and Christopher of Saskatoon, SK, stepdaughter Channel Hykaway (Cynthia) and step- grandson Atticus, along with many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB) today, October 16, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In living memory of Jennifer Bergstrom, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.
McInnis & Holloway Funeral Home - Calgary
5008 ELBOW DRIVE SOUTHWEST
Calgary, AB T2S 2L5
Published in The Calgary Herald from Oct. 11 to Oct. 16, 2013