June K. Berg's 79th Birthday - 2006
- Published on Thursday, 05 June 2008 16:57
- Written by Stanton O. Berg
June, my beautiful, sweet, humble wife of 54 years - You are deep in the shadows of Alzheimer's and probably will not understand what I am saying.
I only hope that God will place this message in a secret chamber of your heart where in another time and in another world you can recall and understand my words.
I remember the time when you returned home very late for supper. I heard distant sirens and feared the worst.
But then you arrived all smiles and puzzled to see me standing in the door with a tear stained face. To my explanation you responded - "I never thought I was so important."
My voice and words failed me and I could only hug you close. How could I ever find the words to tell you that to me you are like the sun with my world revolving around you?
You will always be the love and light of my life! If you travel into life's sunset before I do, walk slowly - wait up - watch for me.
STAN - November 2006
Photo Notes: This photo of June was taken in our family room on the lower level of our home at 6025 Gardena Lane. I was working at my desk when June came in...she looked so cute I had to snap a picture of her. This was during the Christmas season in December of 1994...in a day and time that Alzheimer's was not a part of our vocabulary!
Postscript 2013: This 2006 tribute to June was the first one that I published in the Minneapolis Star - Tribune and also the first one I publshed on June's website when I created it in mid 2008. It is one of my shorter tributes but it spoke from my heart perhaps more effectively than any other of my efforst since this first one in 2006.
(Published in: the "Celebrations" - Birthdays of the Community section “North” of the Minneapolis Star Tribune for Wednesday November 8th, 2006 and Source section, Thursday November 9th, 2006 edition of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.)
Dianne Creel - Concord, North Carolina - (3 November 2013): "I am so blest to be celebrating my Birthday with your bride...(8 November 2013): "Wishing your lovely bride a very~~Happy Birthday as she celebrates and dances upon those streets of gold in her Eternal Home. I will remember her today as I celebrated mine right along with her."
Patricia Higgins - Glasgow, United Kingdom - (3 November 2013): "My daughter is also on the 8th."
Debbie Larsen - Buffalo, Minnesota - (3 November 2013): "Happy Birthday beautiful lady, you are a gift from God: Celebrate in Heaven. You will never ever be forgotten."
Vicki Cadogan - Limerick, Ireland - (4 November 2013): "Very touching Stan."
Marsha McKneely Ault - Nacogdoches, Texas - (4 November 2013): "Length of a tribute does not matter. . . it is the love expressed that touches hearts. I know June has reread your words many, many times."
Christine Pickard - United Kingdom - (5 November 2013):"You have written this beautifuly, put, a tear to my eye. Thank you for sharing, Stanton."
After an almost 12 year journey into the shadows of Alzheimer's, early one morning in late October 2008, an exhausted June felt God's gentle touch on her shoulder and heard the words: "Come Home June!" As June lay like a wounded soldier on a battlefield, it was God's Angels that ushered June into a Heavenly Kingdom to the sound of a chorus of Angels...and into June's new home, a "Mansion on the Hilltop", where there is no pain, nor illness nor tears...June's funeral notice as published in the Minneapolis Star in October 2008 can be seen on this website in the drop down menu under the "In Memoriam" label - just Click on: