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OWEN, Meg Berté Meg Berté Owen, 37, passed away on October 15, 2009 at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. She was the beloved wife of Larry Wesley Owen II, and cherished daughter of Paul and Susan Berté', sister Sira, brother-in-law, Brian, nephew, Samuel, younger brother, Thomas, sister-in-law, Nicolette, niece, Mia, and brother, Benjamin. Meg fought a gallant battle against lung disease that had its origins in the chemotherapy and radiation that were a component of her treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 1997. Meg was born in Manchester on January 18, 1972. She was the Manchester High School Salutatorian in 1990, a National Merit Scholar and an All-American Soccer player. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Radcliffe College at Harvard University in 1994, where she was Academic All-Ivy and captain of the Varsity Women's Soccer Team. She taught in the public school system in New York City briefly after graduating college before pursuing a career on Wall Street which included Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, Wells Fargo and Moore Capital. She received her MBA from Harvard Business School in 2000 where she met her husband and touched his life forever. Meg founded Cancer Chicks, an organization supporting female cancer survivors and served on the Survivorship Board of Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) where she was treated. She was a patient-to-patient volunteer at MSKCC and spent countless hours at the hospital helping and supporting those that were undergoing stem-cell transplants as she once had. Cancer Advocacy was the biggest dedication in her life. One of her proudest moments was crossing the country by bicycle to spread the message of survivorship and hope with fellow survivors and members of the Tour of Hope Team led by Lance Armstrong. She devoted countless hours to helping individuals cope with cancer and thrive afterwards. Meg had an extraordinarily large network of friends and an inner circle that cherished her very deeply for her loving spirit. Meg will always live on in the hearts of the people she touched. Wake services will be held at the John Tierney Funeral Home, (East Center Street, Manchester) on Wednesday, October 21, 4-6 p.m., with a funeral mass at St. James Church, (Main St. Manchester) at 12 noon, Thursday, October, 22. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations made in the following manner: Memorial Sloan Kettering/Meg Berté Owen Survivorship Fund and mailed to: Development c/o Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center/Meg Berté Owen Survivorship Fund PO Box 27106 New York, NY 10087-7106

Published in The Hartford Courant on Oct. 18, 2009
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