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Marlene Ann Berg of Swift Current, passed away on Friday, October 6, 2023, at the age of 85 years. Marlene was born on January 3, 1938, in Estevan, SK to Adam (Jack) and Mary Peter, the second of three children.
Marlene attended Estevan Collegiate Institute. She excelled at school, participating in drama productions, public speaking competitions and was her class valedictorian. At the Collegiate, she met the love of her life, Larry Berg. They married in 1958 and lived in Estevan, where she completed secretarial college and worked in a law office. In 1965 they moved to Swift Current with their three children, Janice, Richard, and Suzie. Larry’s career as a pipeline welder took him across the country for months at a time and Marlene remained at home with her young family. She developed life-long friendships with the other young mothers in the neighbourhood as well as pipeline wives. When the youngest started school, Marlene got her driver’s license and started her career at the Swift Current School Division #94. She did the payroll for the division and was familiar with many teachers and staff over the years. Beginning with the issuance of manual cheques and moving to computerized payroll programs, her job title stayed the same over the years; fulfilling it provided both challenges and much satisfaction. Marlene retired in1998 after 27 years at the school division.
Marlene always made time for her children, encouraging them, and getting them to their activities. She was at the rink watching hockey, she was a Girl Guide Leader, and she helped with “Home and School” activities. She was very proud of her children and stayed very close with them through their adult lives. She was appreciative of the help she received from them in her later years.
During the summers in her retirement, Marlene enjoyed golfing at the Elmwood Golf Club. During the winters she was a big fan of the Swift Current Broncos and had season tickets for many years. She enjoyed line dancing and having coffee with friends. Marlene and Larry took advantage of retirement to travel, winters in Arizona, an Alaskan cruise, and a trip to the Maritimes.
Marlene enjoyed road trips and was often the passenger touring around Saskatchewan with her adult children and grandchildren. Janice and her son Lee have many memories of trips with Grandma to Estevan to visit Oma (Marlene’s mother). Suzie and her sons Adam and Thomas had Grandma cheering them on when they were competing at swim meets across the province. Richard’s son Harley could count on Grandma and Grandpa watching his many sporting events on the field or the ice. Marlene had a special relationship with each of her grandsons that they hold dearly. Her three great-grandchildren brought her great joy. She had a huge smile every time she saw them, whether in person or in photos.
Marlene was predeceased by her infant daughter, Cheryl Marie; her husband, Larry; her parents, Jack and Mary and her brother, Richard Wayne. She is survived by her younger brother, Joseph (Brenda); her brother-in-law, Robert (Joellen), her children Janice, Richard (Laurie), and Suzie (Marty Flicek); her grandsons Lee Gummeson (Carly), Adam and Thomas Flicek and Harley Berg; and great-grandchildren Nicholas Flicek, and Emily and Nate Gummeson.
In 2019, Marlene and Larry moved to Cypress House in Swift Current. The family expresses their great gratitude to the staff of House1 for the care, attention and compassion shown to our mother. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospitals of Regina Cardiac Care Campaign in memory of Marlene Berg. https://hrf.akaraisin.com/ui/HRFDonation/donations/start
A family graveside service will happen at a later date.
Arrangements entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home. For further information please call 1-306-773-8831 or 1-800-267-6606, or visit our website at www.warrensfuneralhome.com and express your sympathy to family members on the tribute wall.