Heather Louise Bergen passed away on January 5th, 2016 at the age of 64. Heather will be remembered as a loving Mother, Kokum, Wife, Sister, Colleague, Mentor and Friend.
May the stars carry your sadness away,
May the flowers fill your heart with beauty,
May hope forever wipe away your tears,
And, above all, may silence make you strong.
Chief Dan George
Heather retired from a distinguished career with Correctional Service Canada in 2011 where she worked in the Prairies and Pacific regions as Head Nurse, Warden, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, National Investigator and Special Advisor. She was one of the first women wardens serving in men’s prisons and was known for her sensitivity and proactive work with First Nations and women offenders. She was a Council member with Keepers of the Vision at the Okimaw Ochi Healing Lodge. Mom was active in her churches, St. Matthew’s Anglican (Saskatoon) and St. Dunstan’s Anglican (Aldergrove, BC). Left to honour Heather’s life are her sister, Linda (Stan) Racyzinski; sisters-in-law: Carol (Con) Chalifour and Linda Bergen; her children: Jason, Raelene (Trevor) Harder, Lalaine (Geoff) Cuddie: and step-children: Rod Bergen, Pamela (Owen) Schutz, and Sayde Bergen. Heather is also dearly missed by her many grand- children: Kyrah, Robynne, Nathan, Isaac and Madilyn (Harder); Jaidan and Callyn Holder and Jackson Cuddie; Mika and Tysier Schutz; and her first great grandchild Scarlett Holder; and numerous nieces and nephews. Heather is predeceased by: her first husband Gene Bergen and her second husband Russell Bergen; her parents Sheldon and Kathleen Gaboriau (Prince Albert); and her parents-in-law David and Rosella Bergen (Saskatoon). Heather was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan April 10th 1951. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Grandmothers for Grandmothers or The Anglican Primate’s Relief and Development Fund (Refugee Appeal). A Celebration of Life Service will be held in Saskatoon at 2:00 pm on Friday, January 15th at Christ Church Anglican (515 28th St. W.) and in BC at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 23rd at St. Dunstan’s Anglican (3025 264th Street, Langley). Arrangements in the care of David Polzen – MOURNING GLORY FUNERAL SERVICES, SASKATOON (306-978-5200) www.mourningglory.ca