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Elsie, beloved wife of Jacob Berg, mother of Greg (Louise) and Pamela, and grandmother of Reanna and Amy, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 22 at Royal University Hospital, surrounded by her family. Elsie was born October 13, 1926 on a homestead near Congress, SK and grew up in Northstar, AB. Elsie began her working life very young, as a domestic, and eventually worked for the Treasury Branch in Lacombe, AB where she met Jake. Elsie and Jake were married in 1961 and lived in several communities in Alberta before moving to Saskatoon in 1970. After marriage, Elsie focused on raising her family, returning to work in 1974. Throughout her life, Elsie was quick to volunteer her time with groups such as the United Church, the Mennonite Central Committee, and other community organizations. Following retirement, Elsie and Jake enjoyed travelling by car, trailer, and air, across Canada, the United States, and Cuba. Elsie and Jake celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in December 2011. Elsie was predeceased by her parents, August and Marta Johnson; her brothers, Lawrence (Margaret), and Herbert (Marguerite). In addition to her immediate family, Elsie's passing will be mourned by her brother Ralph (Ruth) Johnson, sister-in-law Alina Balzer, and many nieces and nephews. Elsie will be lovingly remembered for her unfailing kindness and warmth. She was thrilled to have grandchildren and delighted in caring for them when they were young. Elsie's calm, caring presence will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. Special thanks are extended to the doctors and nurses at the RUH Intensive Care Unit for their exceptional care of Elsie. The memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 28 at 2 pm, at Mount Royal Emmanuel United Church, 521 Vancouver Ave N, Saskatoon. Memorial donations in Elsie's name may be made to a charity of one's choice. Family and friends may send online condolences from the website www.hillcrestmemorial.ca Arrangements entrusted to Sten Olesen.
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Apr. 25, 2012