Virginia Weeks Moreau
1928 - 2012
Obituary for Virginia Weeks Moreau: 3/9/1928-5/11/2012

Born to Harold Eastman Weeks and Virginia Travel Weeks, MD in New York City.

Ginger grew up in Brooklyn Heights, attended Brooklyn Friends School with her siblings; Willard, Sheldon and Elinor. Their family enjoyed the fine arts of both the Berkshires and New York City. Her love of nature began on the family farm near Sheffield, MA and continued throughout her travels and her life in the Adirondacks. Memorable childhood family vacations together included driving the AlCan highway during its opening and touring parts of Europe as a teenager. Her family included a long line of physicians.

After completing Vassar College, Ginger graduated Cornell Medical School in 1952. Her medical internship was at Bellevue Hospital NYC, with a Residency at New York Hospital. She was Chief Resident in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at Bellevue Hospital. This was followed by a two year post-doctoral Teaching and Research Fellowship with Janet D. Travell, MD, her "Aunt Bobbie", in which they developed the field of musculoskeletal/myofascial pain and published several papers together.

In 1957, Ginger moved to Lake Placid, NY with her then husband, Dr. Herbert V.W. Bergamini. Her pediatric career in the North Country of New York thrived for over 45 years. Her legacy includes developing both the Essex County "Well Baby Clinic" and the Mental Health Services programs, as well as being a physician for four different schools.

Her loves and passions were her family, gardening, bird watching, natural history, world travel, cooking, children, social gatherings, education, fine dining, dogs, conservation, watercolor painting, photography and sports medicine.

Ginger was a networker and touched the lives of so many people in very positive ways. Her boundless generosity and thoughtful caring for others are integral parts of the legacy she leaves behind.

Ginger was preceded in death by her husband, Donald R. Moreau and her brother, Willard T. Weeks. She will be dearly missed by her remaining family including, sister Elinor Weeks Knapp, brother Sheldon Weeks, daughter Malinda Bergamini Chapman and her husband Glen of Ticonderoga, son John and Grete Bergamini of Oslo, Norway, Herbert and Erica Bergamini of Seattle, step children Michael Bergamini, Donald and Dee Dee Moreau, nieces, nephews, and many grandchildren.

A celebration of Ginger's remarkable life is planned for July 15th. Time and location are yet to be arranged.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests you consider making contributions to Adirondack Nature Conservancy, Elizabethtown, NY; St Joseph's Rehabilitation Center, Saranac Lake, NY; or The Wild Center, Tupper Lake NY.
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Published by New York Times from May 23 to May 25, 2012.
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Rosalind Campbell
May 21, 2020
Ginger's contribution and presence will be missed in our book group from Ticonderoga, New York. She was so generous in sharing her food, her thoughts, and her presence with us for years. We wonder how she managed to keep up with all of her reading and loving activities with family and friends. We were blessed by the wonderful warmth and sparkle of her time with us.
Renate Parke
August 3, 2012
Celebrating Ginger Weeks Moreau // Dr Virginia Davidson Weeks' life
Brown Farm, Lake Placid, New York, 15th of July, 2012
Dear Family and Friends:
We are keenly regretful that we cannot be with you this Sunday to celebrate Ginger's life. Having “known” her for 80+ years I wish I could be there to say “goodbye” again with all of you.
Our lives have evolved around house, lakes, and other places where we have grown and changed together. We overlapped at Brooklyn Friends School for eight years. When Ginger was at Vassar we would visit her. At Cornell Medical she made it possible for us to play squash on the rooftop tower courts. In our childhood and youth houses shaped us, ranging from the cool corner house where our paediatrician mother had her offices I the basement and Ginger's room was three floors up looking out over Squibb to the Brooklyn Bridge and on the other side to Manhattan and Governor's Island. Time was also spent together at the farms of out grandfather both in Westfield, New Jersey and more often at Merryfield Farm in Sheffield, Massachusetts. Weekends we went often to 12 East 64th Street and other times to Pelham. These were all formative places for the four siblings,
Long distant trips together began in 1948 when the four siblings with our Springer Spaniel and mother drove to Alaska to spend the summer in Fairbanks where our father was building an air base at Mile 26. Each of us found different things to do. Ginger worked on an archaeological project for the Alaska Museum, observing what came out of the permafrost where they were sluicing frozen overburden to be eventually processed for gold. They did find part of a baby mammoth. The summer of 1949 the three older siblings had the summer together were our base was with Ginger's friend from Vassar, Micheline Pean's family at 17 Blvd Le Febvre. They loaned us bikes and we took off first to England, Scotland, and Skye and back through Wales. I wasn't old enough for the workcamp at college pres du Le Puy, and went alone to Italy, arranging to meet Ginger at the end of Lac le Man at the Chateau du Chillon. In Geneva, Ginger would not sleep on a park bench in the middle of the city with me (I had camped there earlier), the Ile de Jean-Jaques Rousseau where the Rhone begins, so we went to a park with woods to the south in the city. In all our times together were supportive and enriching. Particularly the train ride back to Paris where we were thrown out of second class and the doors to third class were locked, and we were caught between the two carriages.
Looking back lakes were important in our lives from early on. From Merryfield Farm we mounted expeditions to Lake Garfield, Lake Buell and Twin Lakes to swim and fish. Here in the Adirondacks three lakes have made Ginger's life: Connery Pond, Tupper Lake and Turtle Lake. Water activities were central to two visits Ginger made to be with us starting over thirty years ago. First, was to Papua New Guinea (with Elinor and our mother too) to go diving as my buddy on a long trip in parts of Milne Bay on a small dive boat with the Bob and Dinah. At night we camped on different islands. We had two or three dives a day and Ginger quickly learned to look in at the reef and not out at the sharks that were far bigger than us.
Ginger and her husband joined us again for a week's holiday on Moody's Island, Namena, Fiji, where the Weeks' clan occupied all the chalets for divers on what pilots called Direction Island. We had learned of the Moodys and Namena through Ginger, as years before they had been driven out of Panama, where the Bergamini's used to holiday at a small island off the coast, (Pitatupo?).
Over many decades we have had good times with Ginger and family in Lake Placid and at Connery. Here is a picture of Kristina with her Dippy Egg at Connery 30 years ago! In the past decade I have been able to visit and stay with her a few times at Turtle Lake. Ginger was a good older sister, always concerned, supportive and interested. Once for 30 days, as part of a research project, she gave me small pox inoculations, with the hope that it might help my sinus condition. She was always optimistic. I give thanks for her life, what she has done with it, and what she has contributed to others. We are sorry we are not there with you on the 15th. Love, Sheldon
July 15, 2012
remembered from St. Joseph's Outpatient Clinic in Elizabethtown NY
Sarah Prince
July 13, 2012
What an amazing woman your mom was. I feel lucky to have known her at Connery Pond, cooking up incredible meals for hungry college students!! She leaves a legacy of generosity, passion and humor.
Sarah Gordon
June 27, 2012
In the peace of quiet moments I will remember the joys of a very special person. Ginger was a dear friend to Herb and me. My deepest sympathy to Herbert, John and Malinda and their families. Joan Martin
Joan Martin
June 8, 2012
A great and generous friend with an admirable memory for things past, a contemporary grasp of this complicated world, a hearty appetite and a love of social situations and get-togethers. Even in her 80s, Ginger was an attractive woman with a good measure of gentlemen admirers. Her physical challenges never slowed her down. Like many others, I miss her.
RIchard Molay
June 6, 2012
Dr. Weeks, or Ginger, whom knew her could hardly separate the two in her later life too. Only knew her for five years and loved her dearly as the strongest spirited women doctor I wanted to know. Impressive to the end is my final image of this fine person. She gave me a reason to smile when meeting her professionally and friendly times . Thanks for giving her the independence she required to get through her final days. God will watch her now, Peace over her families, patients, friends.
P. Minton-Peebles
May 31, 2012
Dear Malinda and Family.
I am so sorry Ginger became so ill. I am glad she is at peace now. I am glad you could all be with her. She was a force in her day. A real example of a woman doctor and very kind to her patients and colleagues. I step on her shoulders...for my interactions with her, not only as a Mom and GrandMom, but a mentor to the younger women doctors that knew her. With Love from The Family, Clare
Clare Wilmot
May 29, 2012
I will always remember Ginger with fond memories. She was a true friend to my family and me, before, during and following the passing of my husband, former Saranac Lake school superintendent, Michael Nason. She offered us comfort and support during a very difficult time.

Ginger was a remarkable and accomplished lady. I am blessed to be able to call her my friend.

My deepest sympathy to Ginger's family.
Sharon (Nason) Halvorsen
May 29, 2012
Dr Weeks was a wonderful pediatrician during my childhood. She has been remembered many a times along the roads journey of my life. She will remain in my memory the rest of my life for the contribution she made to my health along the journey of my childhood years.
Holly Grote (Mullins)
May 26, 2012
I very much admired my Aunt Ginger and will miss her deeply. I am blessed to have had Ginger in my life.
Virginia Weeks
May 26, 2012
What a lovely lady with such a zest for life and kindness toward all. It was such a pleasure working together at St. Joseph's.

She was an inspiration to me and so many others.
My sympathy for your loss.

Sally White, M.D.
Malone, NY
May 25, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. She was such a wonderful, kind person and will surely be missed
Thalene Bates
May 25, 2012
Deepest sympathy for your loss.
Ann Viera
May 25, 2012
Extending deepest sympathy for you in this time of loss, and hoping the Lord brings peace and comfort to your hearts.
The Lord is my rock, he is my shield and my stronghold.
Psalm 18:2
May 24, 2012
To my dearest friend, Ginger, from nursery school in 1930 to her last days. Her friendship, wisdom, understanding and love will remain with me for the rest of my life
Rosalind Campbell
May 23, 2012
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