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Barbara Berg Berton

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October 28, 1922 - October 27, 2015 Barbara, a longtime resident of Santa Ana, California, died peacefully in her sleep after a long struggle with Alzheimer's Disease. Barbara was born the eldest daughter of Dr. George and Alma Berg in Madison, Wisconsin. The family later moved to Los Angeles where Barbara graduated from Hollywood High School and continued on to Stanford University, completing a degree in Ancient Languages. She taught Latin at Gardenia High School and later taught and nurtured generations of young children at Happyland Pre-school and Kindergarten in Costa Mesa and Garden Grove. Married to Gerald E. Berton, Barbara gave birth to her daughter, Christine, in 1952. Barbara had many interests and was an active volunteer for the Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park, as well as participating in The Sea and Sage chapter of the Audubon Society where she conducted one of the Christmas bird counts for several years. She was also a member of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Audubon Society, the National Fuchsia Society and The Camellia Society. Barbara was a longtime member of the Zoological Society of San Diego, spending countless hours helping establish the Fuchsia Garden at the Wild Animal Park. She also maintained memberships in the Cat Fanciers Association, the Wandering Tattler, the Western Tanager and the Arabian Horse Association. Barbara was an avid reader and passed this love of reading on to her daughter, grandchildren and students. She leaves behind her daughter, Christine Lee, son-in-law Michael Lee, sister Joanne Hendrick, grandchildren Benjamin and Katherine Lee as well as many nieces and nephews. There will be a graveside service at Melrose Abbey Memorial Park, 2303 South Manchester Ave, Anaheim, CA, 92802 on January 9, 2016 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation on Barbara's behalf to the Zoological Society of San Diego or to Classical KUSC.org.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 20, 2015
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