Suzanne Neta Berg 1951 – 2011 Suzanne Neta Berg (nee Magee, formerly Williams) passed away June 20, 2011 after kicking cancer’s ass for more than three decades. Born in Toronto on May 27, 1951 to Bill and Yvonne Magee, Suzanne was a Canadian girl who had her children young, struggled with relationships, worked hard for everything she ever gained or lost, and longed for adventure, education, and freedom in all its fleeting forms. She loved intensely and experienced deeply; she never valued money or possessions over integrity, independence, or feeling; she was both private and startlingly open; she was both willful and disarmingly kind; she liked children and sweets and politics; she was smart and beautiful, had a sharp tongue and a fierce work ethic; she was inclusive and just; she made a life in the U.S., missed Canada, and wished for more; she was extraordinarily dedicated to her children and took great joy in her grandchildren. She was not done yet. She is survived by her siblings Doug, Mary-Beth, and Kent; children Andrew, Brady, and Adrienne; and grandchildren Aidan, Zoe, Gabriel, Zach, Ephraim, Nate, Leila, and Eleni. Funeral services will be held at 1:30pm at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church on Monday, June 27 (12:30 viewing). In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, go to the doctor and take care of your health, or just buy yourself a lipstick or a coffee and give your loved ones some extra time and attention.

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  1. Berg I feel incredibly blessed for having met you. You were a patient mentor and a generous boss and I am honored to call you my friend! . Thank you for believing in me, I am eternally grateful!. Often I think of the time we had a good chuckle when you shared your favorite quote. We were discussing an incident that required . the better part of our day…and you were finishing up a grande soy chai you had from earlier that morning. You recited your favorite quote …a quote from a FAR -Side cartoon called “Cow Poetry” -The distant hills call to me. -Their rolling waves seduce my heart. -Oh, how I want to graze in their lush valleys. -Oh, how I want to run down their green slopes. -Alas, I cannot. Damn the electric fence! Damn the electric fence! ……Alas, dear friend, the electric fence is gone. You made me think and you continue to inspire me to smile. It was a joy working with you! I will miss you.

  2. You don’t know me, but when my mother died yesterday after fighting cancer for a little over a year, I went looking for inspiration for her obituary, and read your inspiring comments about Suzanne. Her “kicking cancer’s ass” made me smile through my tears, and as I continued to read, she came alive for me-what a wonderful woman you had in your lives! Her family will be in my prayers, and cancer can kiss my tush! Jeri-Anne

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