Berkich (nee Gibbons), Mary Margaret
Mary Margaret Berkich, 50, of Onalaska, passed away surrounded by her family on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at Gundersen Health System. She was born February 8, 1963 to Richard and Joan (Probst) Gibbons. She married Michael Berkich on October 22, 1988 in Madison, WI.
Mary enjoyed traveling, landscaping, interior decorating, listening to music, going to concerts, and camping. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children and family. Mary was frequently and accurately described as "one of a kind." Her defining quality was her unique ability to connect to people at the heart level - she was absolutely without pretense or judgment. She was a sensitive soul who managed to feel and live life with an intensity and passion that bordered on fearless. She taught many who knew her how to love unconditionally. She left this world a much better place. Her family was blessed to have her and her friends were richer for having known her. Mary will be forever missed with a depth words cannot describe.
She is survived by her husband, Michael; children, Brieanna Berkich, Jonathan Berkich, Samuel Berkich, and Taylor Berkich; mother, Joan Gibbons; siblings, Tommye Grant, Mathew (Marilyn) Gibbons, Richard (Sharon) Gibbons, Lorraine Beilke, Edward (Chris) Gibbons, Kathleen Fandry, and Constance Korth; nieces and nephews, Mathew (Elissa), Joshua, Jacob (Amber), Michelle (Robert), Tiffany (Franklin), Casey, Jordan, Kyle, Angelina, Richard, Risa, Lucas (Amanda), Dakoda, and Vinny; aunt, Constance "AC" Probst; parents-in-law, John and Rose Berkich; and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her father, Richard Gibbons; brother, Daniel Gibbons; brother-in-law, Jeffrey Fandry; and her dogs, Toby and Dakota.
The family would like to thank Beth Rock, NP, Mary Morris, MD, and the team at Gundersen Health System for their excellent care. The family would also like to give a special thanks to Wendy Golden for her friendship and support .
A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 11:00 AM at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1031 Main St., Onalaska. The Msgr. Steven Kachel will officiate. A visitation will be held two hours prior to the mass at the church. Coulee Region Cremation Group is assisting the family.
Coulee Region Cremation Group
133 Mason St Onalaska, WI 54650
Published in the Marshfield News Herald on Jan. 28, 2014