Leona BAERG

BAERG, Leona. Sept 3, 1934 – June 9, 2014. Leona died in the loving care of her son, Darwin and daughter-in-law, Susan. She will be forever missed and loved by her children, Rod (Cathy), Darlene (Darryl), Darwin (Susan), Cheryl (Steve) and her cherished grandchildren, Miranda (Len), Nicole (Jason), Kylie (Bastien), Carli, Daniel (Tina), Jason (Lindsay), Hayley (Lorin), Will, Jake, Josh, Justin (Casey), Cartney (Darren) and Russell, Amy (Kyle), and Ashley. She had a special friendship with each of her grandchildren. She loved sharing her love of gardening and stories of adventures raising her children in logging camps on the BC coast. Grama never missed celebrating each of their life milestones and accomplishments, sharing graduations, weddings, and the births of her 13 great grandchildren. When spending time with her great grandchildren, her eyes would light up and sparkle with absolute joy. Leona’s life career was caring and doing for others. Her volunteer work started for the Royal Columbian Hospital 47 years ago in the Children’s Ward, Gift Shop and Emergency Ward. She was one of the prominent volunteers in the opening of the RCH Auxiliary thrift store where she spent countless hours with the hard working women and men that came to be some of her closest friends. She enjoyed vacations, dinners and going to the theatre with them. Leona contributed hours of labour, designing and then sewing kidney dialysis belts for RCH. Her design of these belts was recognized by other hospitals and volunteers are now sewing these belts for numerous hospitals in BC. She will be greatly missed by her brothers and sisters, Wil (Elsie), John (Shirley), Serena, Gertie (Phil), Abe, Sue, Debbie (John), many nephews and nieces, extended family and her best friend, Frieda Dueck. “She shines the light of courage even when the night is long and dark, she keeps the flame of faith, filling hearts with hope, inspiring those who follow to carry on with strength…she pilots others safely through the seas of life. The radiance of her wisdom illumines like a beacon shining from within her unwavering heart.”

Please celebrate Leona’s life and spirit with a random act of kindness.

A celebration of her life will be held in September with notification to be sent out. Condolences can be emailed to: leona3baerg@hotmail.com