It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our dear Mother, Bernice Bereti, on December 2, 2012 in Cold Lake, AB. Mom (Bernice) waged a brave battle with cancer.
Twice surviving breast cancer and colon cancer, but it was the fast moving liver cancer in 2012 that she succumbed to. Our Mom was a woman of greatness and achievement. She was proud and determined in everything she did and was very successful in instilling good, strong values in us kids. She was always there to support us in our many endeavors and to offer sensible advice (or consolation) when our lives went sideways and needed re-routing. Her wonderful sense of humor, sharp wit and effervescent personality was essential to the dynamic of our family and the friendships she forged. From humble beginnings as a young child immigrant from Poland in 1938, Mom embraced life and its many opportunities. She met and married a good, solid man, Peter, our father and had 5 wonderful children: Angela, Daniel, Teresa, Margaret and Tanis. Mom worked hard as a wife and mother and, as an employee for companies such as Ontario Hydro, Ipso and Zellers. She saw us through many difficult times with her strength and perseverance. After our father’s passing in 1989, Mom got interested in contesting. She subscribed to a national contesting newsletter and was very diligent in her pursuit of new contests. She made weekly runs to contest entry hotspots in Stettler, Red Deer and surrounding areas. Us kids even saved all our labels from grocery products for her. Through her dedicated efforts, Mom was rewarded with extraordinary luck! She began to win prizes. Not only did she win merchandise, but she won trips. Big trips to faraway places like the Bahamas, Scotland and Australia. She also won $10,000 in travel gift certificates for which she used to travel back to the old country, Poland. For every trip she won, she chose one of us kids as her travelling companion, therefore sharing and broadening
our life experience. The best year Mom had in winnings was 1997. She won over $50 K worth of stuff including a new Chevy Thunder truck and trip to Australia. Canada AM travelled to Stettler to interview “the luckiest woman in Alberta!” In 1998, Mom sold the house in Stettler and went to live with Teresa, her military daughter. This living arrangement was both beneficial and enhancing as she was able to share time with her grandchildren and also enjoy the different locations that Teresa and family were posted to. Like California and Manitoba. In 2008, Mom, Teresa and family settled again in Cold Lake. Ever the pursuant of personal enrichment, Mom continued her passion for reading. She endeavored to read all the Pulitzer Prize winning novels. She was successful in reading 87 of them. Mom was probably the library’s best customer and Doris the librarian, in Cold Lake can attest to that! Not only was Mom an avid reader, but she was a statistician as well. She loved making lists on everything from scores on her computer games, authors and books she had read and would like to read and on the many libraries across Alberta that the books come from. She often said that the best job she could have had would have been a Library Records Clerk. Our Mom, Bernice, was an inspiration and a gift to us and to all those that had been fortunate enough to cross paths with her. Even in sickness, Mom maintained a positive attitude and entertained the hospital staff with stories of her adventures. We, the family, will be placing Mom with our Pop, Peter, at Lakeview Cemetery in Stettler on July 26, 2013. All those who wish to be in attendance are welcome to join us between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Although Mom has left us with tear-stained faces and weeping hearts, we take comfort in knowing that she is together again with our Pop, for now and forever.
Always remembered and forever missed,
Love from the Bereti family.