- 96 years old
- Date of birth: Aug 2, 1916
- Place of birth:
Touche, Washington, United States
- Date of passing: Jan 31, 2013
- Place of passing:
Mesa, Arizona, United States
|...a lifetime of dedication to the causes of peace and humanity, making her the conscience of us all.|
Margaret Young Berg passed away peacefully on Thursday evening, January 31, 2013, in Mesa, Arizona, at the age of 96. Although her hearing failed, she remained physically active and mentally sharp to the end. A long-time resident of Connecticut, she moved to Mesa in 2007 from Glastonbury, Connecticut, to be near her son Douglas' family.
She was the wife of William D. Berg, a mother of three sons, a teacher, political activist, campaign manager, candidate for the Connecticut state legislature, tennis enthusiast, UConn basketball fan, unpaid full-time lobbyist for liberal and progressive causes, writer, world traveler, and expert on New England gravestone rubbing. She was blessed with many friends who continued to write and call after her move to Arizona, a state whose political landscape would undoubtedly have matured by now had she moved there at a younger age...
In 1988, the General Assembly of the State of Connecticut honored her with an Official Citation "in recognition of a decade of service to the Caucus of Connecticut Democrats as their spokesperson on all major issues and of a lifetime of dedication to the causes of peace and humanity, making her the conscience of us all".
She is survived by her sons: Vin of Great Falls, Virginia; Jerry of Leesburg, Virginia, and Douglas of Mesa, Arizona; and her grandchildren: Earl of Redwood City, California; and Samantha of Mesa, Arizona.
"My sincere sympathy to Margaret's family. I first knew Margaret through the League of Women Voters and it was during this time she talked me into running for the Glastonbury Board of Education. Because of Margaret I became politically active and her influence changed my life. I loved hearing her views--and I agreed with 99%. Wonderful very smart woman-and to her grandchildren- be proud"
"My deepest sympathies to the Berg family. I can't imagine how proud you must be of Margaret. I can just see her now, up in heaven, stirring up the political scene and trying to convert the most hard-hearted to her point of view (which was almost always right). As a reporter for The Courant in 1981, I got to know Margaret well. She was, and will always be, a role model to me. Bless her."
"Dear Berg family: my condolences for your loss. I met Margaret when I first began working in Democratic campaigns. She was always pleasant, thoughtful, and well versed on both issues and politics. She was good company and told great stories about CT politics. I admired her and seeing her always made me smile. CT was lucky to have her as an activist."
"In one of our chats Margared suggested that my husband and I should join the Democratic Town Committee. She said it was probably time for her to step down and that she would feel better if she knew we were involved. We have joined but have a long way to go to match her legacy.She was a woman of deep integrity and stedfast commitment to causes she found worthy. We will miss her."
"Margaret was an inspiration from the day we moved into Meadowhill where she lived. I would pass her unit whenever I took my walks around the complex and finding her on her porch I would often drop in for a chat. I treasured those times as Margaret would discuss current events in the context of her knowledge of and participation in state and local politics the progressive movement in CT."
"My family and I extend our profoundest sympathies for your loss. She was a beautiful woman, to the true sense of the word. May love and faith surround you all and give you strength as you make your way through these difficult times. Our prayers and thoughts are with you."
"I'm truly lucky to have had such a cool grandmother. I grew up in California, and usually spent only a few weeks a year with her in CT when I was growing up, but she saw to it that those were some of the best weeks of my childhood. We played tennis, went swimming, and finished off days eating blueberries and sherbet and watching tennis. I miss those days, and I will always miss my Grandma."
"My deepest sympathy to the Berg Family.
Know that you have lots of Love from Family and Friends to support you. We will miss you Grandma Berg. I will always remember your sweet smile and beautiful face"