Oct. 28, 1921 - January 31, 2013
Formerly of San Mateo and Foster City
Thelma Joan "TJ" Claudia Moran Berger was born in Pittsburgh, PA on October 28, 1921 and passed quietly, surrounded by her children, on January 31, 2013 at the age of 91.
Once she graduated from high school in Pittsburgh, TJ underwent nurse's training and promptly entered the United States Navy to serve her country during World War II. It was while serving at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital, Lieutenant Moran met her future husband, Lieutenant junior grade Robert Berger, MD.
TJ and Bob were married August 18, 1949 and began a life together of adventure, medicine and unwavering love for each other and their children. The two were married for over 56 years until Bob preceded TJ in death due to complications from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD).
Through the early years of their marriage and Bob's medical career, TJ continued to work as a nurse until the commitment of raising children became her full-time job.
Though her green thumb would keep her home at 540 Edgewood looking well-loved, she was especially known for having an open door and a warm cup of Folger's for anyone who needed to talk.
Later in life, as TJ was overcome by the advance of Alzheimer's, she moved to Boulder, Colorado. While there, she received outstanding care from Robin Sands and the team at the Stratford at Flatirons until the day she died. The family will be forever in Robin's debt.
TJ is survived by her daughter Cindi Wyble and her husband Bill and grand daughter Moriah; her daughter Patti Berger and furgrandkids, Cooper and Mae-Ling; and, son Bob Berger and wife Dianne Gleason and their furkids Wilson, Bridger and Jeffurson.
There will be a celebration of TJ's life on Sunday, March 17, from 2 pm to 4:30 pm at the Club House at 120 Beach Park Blvd in Foster City.
Since TJ was a cancer survivor, but passed away due to the effects of Alzheimer's, the family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, please donate generously to either Alan Arnette's effort, "Memories are Everything," to raise money for awareness and a cure for Alzheimer's. Alan's mother was also a victim. You can reach his effort at: http://www.alanarnette.com/alzheimer/donate.php
Or, donations can be made in the name of the Power of Seven at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA. The Power of Seven is the effort of one woman who is trying to climb the tallest mountains on the world's seven continents in order to raise money for cancer research and awareness. Donations can be made at: http://getinvolved.fhcrc.org/site/TR?px=1162910fr_id=1260pg=personal
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Mar. 15, 2013