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Date of Passing: Jan 30, 2022

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Miriam Ruth Spletzer Bergen on January 30, 2022.
She is survived by her lifelong partner, Louise Redekop, and her dearly loved and spoiled pets, Lucy, Desi & Pepè.
Miriam is also survived by her much loved Redekop family of brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephew. Also grieving her loss are Miriam's Bergen and Spletzer aunts and uncles along with many cousins.
Miriam was predeceased by her parents, Martin Bergen and Ruth Bergen (nee Spletzer).
Miriam's interests were vast and varied. She enjoyed identifying backyard birds in our country home. She would sit patiently waiting to photograph them. She had a special interest in eagles. It was uncanny the way eagles would appear when Miriam was out walking in nature.
One day, Miriam came home with a sewing machine (what?) and taught herself to sew. She sewed outfits for myself, niece, Jill, and nephew/godson, Matthew. Miriam also sewed amazing Hallowe'en costumes for her cousin's boys, Connor and Adam. Hallowe'en was Miriam's favourite occasion to dress up for in various costumes and to decorate the yard.
Children held a special place in Miriam's heart. She loved every opportunity to babysit for her sister-in-law, Susan, cousins, Linda and Doris.
Part of Miriam's charm was her ability to add or recall a plethora of detail to any conversation. She could tell you what you were wearing on a certain date to a certain event. She delved into her family tree and history. The effects of the Second World War on her family's life was a subject of special interest.
Miriam followed in her dad's footsteps and carried on his philanthropy, keeping the Bergen Legacy alive. She especially enjoyed supporting and participating in charity golf tournaments. Her generosity was also, often extended to family.
Miriam was raised in the family business. She learned from her father to treat her, over 200 employees, as her Edison family. She was there to support her employees and often took a personal interest in their wellbeing.
She was a progressive businessperson, introducing various employee benefits and growing the business with the addition of Ruth Gardens, Smith Street Lofts and soon to be completed, Bergen Gardens - an "age in place" senior complex.
This has been a glimpse of a fraction of Miriam's life, interests and loves but, hold on…we can't forget the avid Bomber fan she was, attending every home game! Together now…" Let's go Bombers, lets go!", Miriam's favourite cheer. She would leave the game with a pony…a little hoarse, lol.
In closing, Miriam was a huge ABBA fan and so we say good-bye to our very own "Dancing Queen".

Love you forever. Lou

In lieu of flowers and in Miriam's memory, please consider making a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation in support of Breast and Gyne Centre of Hope or to Cystic Fibrosis Canada, Thank you.
A private celebration of Miriam's life will be held at a later date.

Family and friends may sign a Book of Condolence at

Glen Eden Funeral Home

Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 08, 2022, Feb 12, 2022

Condolences & Memories (21 entries)

  • We watched CTV national news this past Tuesday night and heard of Miriam’s donations and philanthropy. We just wanted to acknowledge what a wonderful gift she gave your community and how she made the world a better place. So many of us can learn from her example. May her memories be a blessing. So, so sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Elaine & Jamie Beth (In awe) on: Dec 22, 2022

  • “There is no better exercise for your heart than reaching down and helping to lift someone up.” Bernard Meltzer - Posted by: Sandra (Stranger who admires the life and philanthropy of this most interesting woman.) on: Dec 01, 2022

  • Dearest Louise I am so sorry for your loss! Big Hugs to are in my thoughts! Yvonne McNabb - Posted by: Yvonne McNabb (Friends ) on: Nov 30, 2022

  • To have a heart for others beyond yourself is utmost heart touching. The world needs more. - Posted by: Scott (Just a Stranger who respects what this LADY did.) on: Nov 29, 2022

  • I miss texting with you. - Posted by: Holly (Friend ) on: May 24, 2022

  • Louise, we are so sorry to learn of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Paul and Sheilah Redekop - Posted by: Paul Redekop (Cousin to Louise) on: Apr 02, 2022

  • Dear Louise & Family, In learning of Miriam’s passing our hearts broke for you. May you find comfort in knowing your beloved Miriam remained in His Grace until the end; for He was merciful, sparing her of any suffering. It is our hope that she be received in a chorus of angles as she rests in the everlasting light. You are in our hearts and our prayers. Until we meet again. Xoxo - Posted by: Lynne & Donny Shillington (Lake friends) on: Feb 12, 2022

  • Louise I would love to connect with you. It’s Holly. Pls msg me you’re able to. 2048983084. I’m so sorry my friend. - Posted by: Holly (Friend ) on: Feb 12, 2022

  • Dearest Lou, I was shocked and very saddened to hear of Miriams passing.I have the fondest memories of Friday afternoon lunches at Bromleys. And our Pink Ribbon Golf Tournaments. Know that I’m thinking of you. Stay strong And let those around you in to help. Again my deepest sympathies. Love SHERON - Posted by: Sheron Chernichan (Friend) on: Feb 12, 2022

  • Louise and Bergen family.I am very saddend to learn of the loss of this warm and quietly effective woman. I was fortunate to get to know Miriam through continued and generous support of the Pink Ribbon Ladies Classict Golf Tournament. She leaves a very large hole in the hearts of many. My condolences to you all. - Posted by: Sharon Litzenberger (Aquaintence) on: Feb 12, 2022

  • Louise, we were so sorry to hear of Miriam's passing. You are in our thoughts and we hope that your tears of sadness will eventually be replace with smiles of the great memories of your time together. You shared so many wonderful times at the lake, travels, backyard visits, dogs and the involvement with so many philanthropic causes. Our sympathies are extended to her family. - Posted by: John and Judy Rempel (Acquaintance ) on: Feb 12, 2022

  • I am sitting here in shock and much sadness. I have been texting you and worried that you’re not responding. I would always think of you and how you’re doing. Random texts that we would send each other. The last we spoke was about your foot. I definitely admired your strength and realism. Your texts always made me laugh, and some made me cry. All the years we had in between us but yet we related to each other about many things. You were very welcoming and non judgemental. I can’t believe that you’re gone. You had a big heart even though maybe you sometimes tried to hide that. It was clear. You love Louise so much. You love the girls so much and having those nights with them. Lucy and her socks. Desi and her craziness with the snake. We watched a series of hoarders wondering what the heck. I cried to you about something I was going through and you made sure to ask me if it got sorted out. I just can’t believe this right now. You were funny, smart, caring, and realistic. I’ll never forget you ever. I’ll never forget how you would mention which way the wind was blowing for the day. I never met anyone in my life who did that. Or your game in the morning, the sound of victory when you would go to the next stage. The day the freezer stopped making ice and the annoying beeping sound. Or when you told me about bird and how he would throw his food around. What an honour to meet you. You and Louise. Beautiful beautiful people. And to be welcomed into your home and life. I’m blessed to have met you Miriam. Go fly with owl now. Be free and at peace. Love Holly - Posted by: Holly (Friend ) on: Feb 11, 2022

  • She was an absolutely beautiful person, she reached out to me when I was going through my divorce and made life at that time a manageable time, there are other personal experiences with her. Honestly to many to list. She will be missed very much . My condolences and prayers to her family and friends affected by this unbelievable loss - Posted by: Scott Neilson (Employee) on: Feb 10, 2022

  • My Condolences to all the Family for the loss of such a beautiful loving and caring soul ...I knew Miriam from a very young age as Her Father Martin Bergen would bring Her along to his buildings showing Her how the Managers and Caretakers did their jobs ...She was always very pleasant and friendly ..I was employed for many many years and was always treated with the upmost respect ..May She forever rest in peace - Posted by: Liliane Irby (past employee ) on: Feb 09, 2022

  • Louise, I am so sorry to hear of Miriam's passing. What a loss this is for you and your family. Over the years I've bumped into others who have spoken of how Miriam's generosity has made a difference in their lives. I have so many good memories of time spent with you both, whether at the house or at the cottage or out and about in town. It makes me smile when I remember that time she first called me, out of the blue. I will toast her memory tonight. Thinking of you, and wishing you well. - Posted by: Lori McCarville (friend) on: Feb 09, 2022

  • Still in shock and overwhelmed with sadness about the sudden loss, our condolences to Louise and Miriam’s entire family. Many fond memories shall live on; one that comes to mind is Miriam enjoying building a snowman with daughter Devyn by our cabin at Nutimik Lake. - Posted by: Dorothy and Berni (Friends ) on: Feb 09, 2022

  • I will remember going to the Bomber game quite a few years back we had such a good time then evening I will forget that and also that her family saved my life from the Bergen Cardiac Centre at St. Boniface Hospital I will miss seeing her at the Edison Christmas party…. You will be missed Miriam - Posted by: Carly (My husband is a employee ) on: Feb 08, 2022

  • I did not know this lovely human but just happened to read this obituary. I wanted to say she sounds like a beautiful person. My condolences to her partner, family and friends, May she Rest In Peace - Posted by: Janice Morin (Stranger) on: Feb 08, 2022

  • Although we lived miles apart, Miriam was always in our minds. The family get togethers were always very enjoyable. She will be deeply missed by our whole family. Nothing is more painful in this world than losing someone you love so dearly. I know it is our last goodbye. But Miriam, you will always be in our hearts. Rest in peace! Your memories will never be forgotten! Those will always remain with us forever. Love Ken & Lynda Braun and Family - Posted by: Ken & Lynda Braun (Cousin) on: Feb 08, 2022

  • So sad to hear of Miriam passing. Back in the 1980’s I worked for Martin Bergen as the chef at Merteens restaurant. I remember Miriam very fondly. She was a wonderful person that made my working there much more enjoyable. I know that she was loved and will be missed. - Posted by: Keith Tod (Former employee) on: Feb 08, 2022

  • We wish to send our condolences to Mirriam and her family. may she forever rest in peace with the Lord. - Posted by: Wayne & Eva Bell (Friend) on: Feb 08, 2022

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