Marilyn Anita Berger

Funeral Service: Sunday, March 14, 2021
Private Graveside
Shiva: Sunday, March 14, 2021 to
Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Donations:
Contributions may be made to the Cedars Cancer Centre
Notes:
A video of the funeral has now been archived. Please contact Stuart Berger (stuartaberger@gmail.com) for the link if you wish to view it.

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Robert & Judy Better - 14 days ago

Judy and I would like to offer our deepest condolences to the entire family. Marilyn was always a good and close friend to my mom (Helen) and they always shared a lot of laughs. Whenever we would come into town to visit my parents, there was often a meal at her house or we would meet at a restaurant to catch up. Marilyn will really be missed.

Stephen Foxman - 27 days ago

Dear Kenny, Leesa, Stuart and family, Growing up in the "golden age" of Cote. St. Luc in the 50's and 60's was unique and wonderful - a social time and place rarely experienced my most people. We were lucky. In all that, visiting the Berger house was a real treat - like going to a party, it always felt special. Your Mom was warm as the sun - taking care of anything we needed so that we would enjoy being there. For me, your Mom and Dad were the "kings" of our little Shetel of Jewish families - everyone friends and neighbours. Last week (a few days before your Mom's passing)I had a strange experience. Your Mom came into my thoughts all of a sudden and I thought Marilyn Berger was one of my mothers good friends and one of the few still alive. I have to go visit her. I wanted to talk to her about the early days in Cote St. Luc and what she meant to our family. Then I heard the news. She was a beautiful lady in every sense. May her memory be for a blessing.

eliane acoca - 27 days ago

Dear Leesa. Sorry to hear your mother is gone. Please accept my sympathies. She was a great lady! Barouh Dayan Emet.

Pam Medina and Jordan Dobrofsky - 28 days ago

Dear Leesa and the Berger family, we are so saddened to hear of your loss. Leesa, I know how special your mom was to you and ykur children. I'm sure she was a wonderful lady who touched many people. May her memory be a blessing. Our sincerest and heartfelt condolences ❤

Marie Francis - 28 days ago

I am so sorry for your loss. Peace be with you. 🙏🏾

LiolaPotechin - 28 days ago

So sorry to learn of Marilyn's death. She was such a kind, caring person .and a wonderful neighbor when we both lived on Wolseley. Over the years, we would frequently bump into each other around CSL and we would stop for a long chat to catch up on all the latest news about our two families. I hope all the good memories you have will give you comfort in the days to come.

Robert Foxman - 28 days ago

Marilyn was very good friends with my late mother, Joyce Foxman. As a matter of fact, the Berger family, our family, and a host of other families in Cote St. Luc flourished together during the Sixties and Seventies. I have very fond memories of Marilyn, both while growing up, and in later years, when I would see her at the odd gathering for my mother, or at shiva houses and at Papermans for funerals. She always had a great spirit about her. She will be greatly missed. May her soul rest in peace.

David McKnight - 28 days ago

Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Marilyn. In 1996, I was appointed to the newly created position of Head of the McGill Libraries Digital Collections Project. Together Marilyn and I planned several digital projects including the digitization of one of the Blackader-Lauterman Libaray's most important holdings - the Canadian Architect and Builder. It was a long haul, a complex project and Marilyn because of her professionalism and energy oversaw much of the detailed work. When I arrived at UPENN in 2006 one of my new colleagues, William Keller, head of the Fine Arts Library gave a shout out to the CAB project and its great utility. Through Marilyn I met Maya her granddaughter who would work on a number of digital projects during my tenure at McGill. I can still remember fondly our pursuit of grants in the name of providing digital access to McGill's Art Library collections. It was an honor to have worked with her and I share my sadness with her passing.

Debbie Kadaner - 28 days ago

Dear Leesa and Family, I wish to extend my sincere condolences for the loss of your mother. She will be missed in the row behind us at Beth Zion. May your positive memories of shared times together sustain you.

Meira Terk - 28 days ago

So sad to hear about Marilyn's passing. She was invaluable as a committee volunteer when I worked at McGill. She was incredibly dedicated, supportive and creative and I appreciated her wisdom and strength. I shall be forever indebted to her for her kindness and friendship.

LAWRENCE PINSKY - 29 days ago

So sorry to hear the sad news. My deepest condolences Lawrence Pinsky

Françoise Roux - 29 days ago

To all members of the Berger family, please accept my condolences for the passing of your beloved Marilyn. I met Marilyn when working at the John Bland Collection of Canadian Architecture, a part of the Blackader-Lauterman Library. She cared about colleagues, she cared about students. She cared about individuals who came to her through Emploi Québec for work reinsertion. She was so committed to giving them all her support to achieve their goal. The last time I spoke to Marilyn she was on a gurney in emergency waiting to be transferred to a room. Even then, she welcomed me with much joy. I have not met you, her family, but over the years have heard so much about children and grandchildren and the wonderful ritual of travelling one on one with Marilyn to the destination of your choice. How can such a person not be loved? I will remember her dearly and am grateful that our paths crossed.

Joan Isobel Friedman - 29 days ago

I learned of Marilyn's passing with profound regret. I first met Marilyn when I was a post graduate student in Art History at McGill many years ago. As the Director of the Blackader-Lauterman Library, the support and guidance she gave me at that time was invaluable. She became a mentor, a steadfast friend and colleague. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. My heartfelt Sympathy to all the members of her beloved family. Joan Isobel Friedman

Devra Cohen Wasser - 29 days ago

Dear Stuart I just only now heard of this very sad news of your mother. I am reeling from disbelief. May your mothers memory be a blessing. I am thinking of you all as you appear to have been double barreled with grief and mourning these past two weeks. I pray for you that your memories throughout this very sad time for you and for Carolyn, may bring you comfort. With love , Devra

Tyla Hamburg Bohbot - 29 days ago

Dear Leesa, Kenny, Stuart and family, We were deeply saddened by your mother’s departure. Our entire family loved Marilyn and considered her as part of our family. She was always so gracious, so positive and interesting and a steadfast friend to our entire Hamburg gang. Marilyn was present throughout our lives, from growing up in “the Luc” and through our family’s challenges and accomplishments. I know my mother will especially miss her and there will be a void now without her presence. Sending you our deepest sympathies and wishing you all comfort and solace in the abundance of beautiful memories you had with her. Sending you all our love, Tyla,Georges and family

Cathy and David Rawcliffe - 29 days ago

To the Berger family : our heartfelt condolences on hearing about the passing of Marilyn. She was a lovely warm, kind and welcoming lady who made us feel part of the family. She will be missed. from Cathy & David

David Krawitz - 29 days ago

Condolences to the family. I first met Marilyn over 25 years ago via my association with the School of Architecture. The digital world has changed much, but I will always associate Marlyn with actual paper and bindings and texture and smells. I recall fondly the piles of books and journals in that big glassed-in office space of hers. Plus her friendly, helpful self. She was of the era when a personal touch guided decisions and actions. And although Marilyn was of my parent's generation, she reminded me very much of my bubbi: caring, no-nonsense, always supportive, warm, maternal in the best way. She was great, and I will miss her dear self and her voice: both the sound of her low comforting voice and inclusive laugh, plus the practical wisdom.

Debi Shapiro - 29 days ago

Our condolences on the loss of your mom. Debi and Jeffrey Shapiro

Mark Better - 30 days ago

Please accept my sincere condolences. Marilyn and my mother, Helen, were such close friends. They did so much together. Marilyn meant so much to my mother and for all Marilyn did for her.

Brahm and Carole Canzer - 30 days ago

Our sincere condolences on your loss Kenny.. Brahm and Carole

Eileen Rabinovitch - 30 days ago

Dear Leesa and families, My deepest sympathies on the passing of your beloved mother. I had the opportunity to work with your mom on several committees and notwithstanding her incredible writing skills I so enjoyed our conversations and company. May her memory forever be a blessing.

Lyon Hamburg - 30 days ago

We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a dear friend who was practically a family member. Marilyn lived life to the fullest and was a great example to her family and friends of how to be capable and strong and live every day to the fullest. May her memory be a blessing, Lyon and Cybele Hamburg

Sarah Carter - 30 days ago

Marilyn was a generous colleague I would see at our annual librarian's conference. I enjoyed getting to know her when I was a young professional, and will remember her fondly for the rest of my career.

Nik Luka - 30 days ago

I am very sorry to hear of Marilyn's passing. She was a generous, kind, and joyful person whose enthusiasm was contagious. To Marilyn's family, I wish you all the best and I want to reassure you that her spirit will live on for those of us at McGill who were fortunate to know her.

Marcie Seigel - about 1 month ago

Stuart, Carolyn, Max and Sarah. Sending my sincere and heartfelt condolences to you on the passing of Marilyn. May your memories comfort you during this very sad time. May the she always Rest In Peace.

Corinne Chazan & Edina Arie - about 1 month ago

Dear Leesa and the Berger Family, Our sincere condolences on the passing of your mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great grandmother. We remember your mother's smile when we sat in shul. There was always such a good aura around Mrs. Berger. There was no doubt she enjoyed working in the library as I saw her face light up when she spoke about it. But even moreso her family put a twinkle in her eye. Mrs. Berger was a very strong and determined woman from what I saw and felt. How many times, Leesa and I would chat in shul to have Mrs. Bassel and Mrs. Berger say shhh. Those times are imprinted in me which brings a good feeling. The row was our yearly coffeeklatch. When my mother started sitting downstairs, Mrs. Berger was in the row behind and Edina (my daughter) said that adding it felt good to see some of the people grom our row are still together. Edina remembers when she was going to shul when she was young and Mrs. Berger talking with her. Mrs. Berger was a very special woman. May the many stories you share give you strength during this time and always.

Glenna - about 1 month ago

Dear Leesa, Laura, Ilan, Jeremy, Ariel and family, We are so sorry to hear of your mother and grandmothers passing. Sending you our condolences and wishing you fond memories of a special lady. Glenna and Morris Dascal

Raphaël Fischler - about 1 month ago

Dear members of Marilyn's family, Please receive my sincere condolences. I had the pleasure of working with Marilyn at McGill for over 15 years and enjoyed every encounter I had with her. She was committed and supportive, interested and helpful, a wonderful colleague and a mensch.

Rhea Dichter - about 1 month ago

Dear Kenny, Leesa, Stuart and family, My heartfelt condolences to you all, may you be spared further sorrow. Thinking of you at this difficult time, Rhea

Linda & Harvey Lechter - about 1 month ago

Dear family, we extend our sympathies to you on the loss of Marilyn.She was a great lady who will be remembered by all whose lives she touched.

Flora Norman Gail Sandy Jeffrey - about 1 month ago

Sincerest condolences to the entire Berger family from an ex Wolseleyite family (Weininger). Our families were woven together in those long ago days from which lasting memories, and friendships, remain. Rest in Peace Marilyn.

Cindy and Mike Casselman - about 1 month ago

Our condolences to the Berger Family. We met Marilyn on a few occasions at family gatherings through Shyla and my son Ryan. I instantly became quite fond of this lovely, vivacious lady. We have kept in touch over Facebook over the short years we’ve had the honour to know her. She was one of those people you meet and wish you’d known her all of your life. Her love for her family was so obvious, as was their’s for her. You are fortunate to have so many wonderful memories to comfort you. Rest In Peace Marilyn. Thank you for the pleasure of being your friend ❤️

Mona - about 1 month ago

Dear Leesa and family, My most sincere condolences. Leesa, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. You had such a beautiful and special relationship with your dear mom, may those memories bring you warmth and strength throughout your days. All our love, Mona, Adam and family.

Mylene & David Hamburg - about 1 month ago

Dear Kenny, Lisa and Stuart. Our condolences of the loss of your mother. She’ll be missed.

Reena Berger Natenberg - about 1 month ago

Dear Kenny, Leesa and Stewart, and family, I am so sorry about the loss of your mother. There are no words. My heart is broken. She will be missed so much. Love, Cousin Reena

Liz Gabison and Darrin Baker - about 1 month ago

Stuart, Carolyn, Sarah and Max we only had the opportunity to meet your mother and grandmother on a handful of occasions. We remember her kindness. What we know for sure, is to raise such an incredible man who we adore and love like we do, meant she had to be a phenomenal woman. May she rest her peace. Sending you our love and the sincerest of condolences. Liz, Darrin, Halle, Josh, and Ruby.

Mark J F - about 1 month ago

An absolutely wonderful woman with a phenomenal legacy.

Eddie Burack - about 1 month ago

Please accept my sincerest condolences for your great loss. Eddie Burack.

Janine Schmidt - about 1 month ago

Marilyn was a competent and committed librarian who dedicated much of her life to McGill. Her support of the faculty and students in art and architecture was unwavering. She trained and mentored library staff and students alike, including me as a naive Australian, imparting knowledge and sharing her wisdom. Her contributions to art librarianship, to the many people whose lives she touched, and to McGill were significant and will live on.

Janice Lipson Pass - about 1 month ago

Leesa, I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope all your beautiful memories of your loving Mom carry you through this very sad time.

Joni Waiser - about 1 month ago

Dear Berger family, I knew Marilyn professionally from my Mclennan Reference days. Later after moving to Ottawa, I heard more about her as one of my sister, Jewel’s close Blackader colleagues/friends. During the last few yrs Marilyn & I became friends too. I loved her warmth, energy, positivity, generosity & contagious laugh. She will continue to hold a special place in my heart.

Barbara Miller - about 1 month ago

Dear Stuart, Kenny and Leesa and your families. We have always enjoyed our dinners and celebrations with Marilyn in Toronto over so many years. She was a strong and loving mother and grandmother who was so proud of her family and never wanted to miss a family event. She embraced us and our children with her usual warmth and big hugs. Marilyn's smile and passion for life was so wonderful and will be deeply missed. We send our most heartfelt condolences to all of you at this time. Love from Barb and Alvin, Sam and Emma

Betty Freedman - about 1 month ago

Stuart, Carolyn and family, I am so sorry for the loss of Marilyn. I was fortunate to know her through Kaylee and always loved the lunches we enjoyed in Toronto together. Marilyn was very warm, bright, and full of laughter. She loved her family dearly and it was so heartwarming to see her pride and joy in her children and grandchildren.

Peter Tucker - about 1 month ago

In life, we are lucky if we get to make a small difference for one or two others. Aunt Marilyn was a force of nature whose impact on everyone she touched was beyond description. Her love and dedication to all her family has been a touchstone that will endure long past death. Long distance hugs to Ken, Leesa, Stuart and all your families - you are now the standard bearers of a monumental legacy.

Barbara Gillman Rosen uou - about 1 month ago

Condolences to the family. May her Neshuma have an aliyah

Bozena Latincic - about 1 month ago

Marilyn was like a second mother to me. We worked together at the Blackader-Lauterman Library for 23 years, and when Leesa called me to tell me she died, it hit me doubly hard as I just lost my mother less than a month ago. During these years we went through so many things together, both personally and professionally, that only brought us closer and deepened our friendship. My Marilyn was one of the strongest women I knew in every way. She fought for what was right and just against all odds, when most people would give up, and for this she earned my deepest respect. She was generous, fair, kind with a big compassionate heart and for this I will always love her. We worked on many projects together and learned from each other. She embraced change and new technologies better than people half her age, always ready to learn new things. She was an inspiration not just to me but to so many people - nothing phased her. And she was so full of life, I can hear her sonorous laugh still… She loved her family, was so proud of each and every one of them. I heard all the stories, saw all the pictures. One thing she enjoyed more than anything else was travelling with her grandchildren to a destination of their choosing. She spoiled them and enjoyed every minute of it. I don’t know many things but I believe in heaven and know for sure that Marilyn and my mother will meet there and keep an eye on our families and be there for us in spirit. I love you Marilyn and miss you very much! My sincere condolences to the whole family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sandee and Mike and the Binder family - about 1 month ago

Our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family. Marilyn was special. Full of energy and can-do attitude. Sandee and I just spoke with her few weeks ago and she was full of life, joking and reminiscing about the good old days. How sad that we are not going to have the opportunity to celebrate her 90th. We shall miss her dearly. May she Rest In Peace.

Kelvin Gillman - about 1 month ago

My deepest sympathies on your loss. May her memory be a blessing!

Elaine Hoffman - about 1 month ago

My sincere condolences to the family. Marilyn was such a wonderful person! She was very kind and caring to my mom & would be there anytime we needed her, as my sisters & I do not live in Mtl. Rest in Peace

Debbie & Naphtali Shainbach - about 1 month ago

Our deepest sympathies to the entire family at this most difficult time. Baruch Dayan Haemet. We're so sorry for your loss. Debbie & Naphtali and family

Liz and Abe Soroka - about 1 month ago

Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your dear Mother,she was an exceptional woman.

Henry Lim - about 1 month ago

My sincere and deepest condolences to the family of Marilyn and of my friend Jeremy, I am so sorry for your loss. May the fond memories of your grandmother be cherished forever, rest in peace.

Allan & Lynne Goodman - about 1 month ago

Please accept our sincere condolences and sympathy for the passing of Marilyn.

Fran Knecht - about 1 month ago

Dear Leesa and family. We were so sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. May your memories keep you strong during this difficult time. Fran and David

Jon Tucker - about 1 month ago

I'm very sorry to hear about Auntie Marilyn's passing. I miss the GIANT family holiday get-togethers from back in the late '70s, '80s. She always had enough chairs for everyone. I hope everyone is well.

Robin Gaventa - about 1 month ago

Dear family, I am deeply sorry for your loss . Marilyn was the most wonderful generous friend to my mother-in-law Shirley Gaventa. We are all very fond of her and grateful that she was a part of Shirley’s life and ours.

David Brown - about 1 month ago

Dear Berger Family, As a Professor with the School of Urban Planning since 1977 (now retired) I would like you to know how very much I appreciated the help that Marilyn Berger willingly and efficiently offered so very many times in the Library and how responsive she was to book requests etc. She had a lovely spirit and was much appreciated by all.

Robin Sternfeld Gelber - about 1 month ago

Dear Leesa Kenny and Stuart, Doreen and I are thinking of you all and sending our heartfelt condolences. So many nice memories of our younger years in Cote St. Luc and one wonderful summer in Ivry.May all your beautiful memories of Marilyn be a source of strength to you now. Fondly Robin

Francine Cherry Goldberg - about 1 month ago

Our condolences on the loss of your mom. Mitchell and Francine Goldberg

Sandra Cohen-Rose - about 1 month ago

Dear Berger family, My deepest condolences on your great loss. We have lost a strong-spirited, bright woman who cared deeply for her family. Cherish all your wonderful memories. I wish you much strength and comfort at this difficult time.

Perry Britton - about 1 month ago

Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of Marilyn.

Helen Kahn - about 1 month ago

I was devastated to learn of Marilyn's death. My memories of this bright, warm, and compassionate woman are many, mainly of conversations about books and libraries. The memories that remain with me most, however, are conversations relating to travels with our respective grandchildren and some of the more amusing incidents relating to said travels! She will be sorely missed.

Terri - about 1 month ago

Dear Kenny, Leesa and Stuart, So much to admire about your mom. She was a tower of strength, a generous and loving matriarch of her immediate and extended families. She reinvented herself in midlife to become a stellar librarian,, at a time when it was not the norm for women of her generation to have a career outside the home. She had a boundless energy and zest for life that was unstoppable. I have so many wonderful memories of her throughout my entire life. Our parents met in Cote Saint Luc and became fast friends for life. I remained in contact with your mom, stopping to see her at the library at McGill whenever I was there. Staying in touch by phone and Facebook. She created a wonderful life for her family and led by example. I loved her and will truly miss her.

Frances Groen - about 1 month ago

I an only imagine the grief that Marilyn"s family must be feeling. Please accept my sympathy on your loss. When I heard the news, one memory from many years ago flooded into my thoughts, and I would like to share it. I had not been at McGill very long when Marilyn was interviewed for a position in one of the libraries for which I was responsible. Unfortunately for us, she was not the successful candidate, and I shall never forget her response to this news, She graciously thanked me for the opportunity to be interviewed and expressed her appreciation for the professionalism of the interview. She embodied the highest professional standards and went on to make a brilliant contribution to the Blackader_Lauterman Library of which she was so justifiably proud. I also recall her personal joy in sharing pleasure of taking her grandchildren to Europe when they reached a certain age. Her many fine qualities and achievements assure her memory in my heart.

Shirley Rind Cohen - about 1 month ago

I met M arilyn at the Montreal Council of Women and admired her wit and honesty. I will miss her greately.

Julia Gersovitz - about 1 month ago

Dear Berger Family, My most sincere condolences to you all. I had the great joy to know Marilyn initially through her work at the Blackader-Lauterman Library. She was the epitome of generosity, of intellectual curiousity and of professionalism. Later, I came to know her as a friend. She was such a mensch! May her memory be ever a blessing and a comfort to you all. Julia Gersovitz

Sarah Bromberg - about 1 month ago

Dear Leesa and family, Saddened to hear the news of your beloved Mom passing away. May her wonderful memories help sustain you at this difficult time. Stay strong and safe.❤️

Irena Murray - about 1 month ago

Dear Leesa, Kenny, Stuart and Family, As you know best, Marilyn was a truly exceptional person. Larger than life, she was best characterized by her energy, her optimism, her courage, her keen intelligence, her sense of professional and personal commitment and, above all, her abiding love for her family, her friends and those in need of a helping hand. It was my good fortune to work closely with her for over a quarter of a century. Although I was technically her “boss” in Blackader, I often had a feeling that she was not just supporting, but leading me by the dint of her wisdom and her capacity for inspired work. On the personal side, she was my anchorage, an extended family to me and later, Eric, as well. As Passover is near, I think of the many special evenings spent at her magnificent family table, surrounded by her children and a growing number of grandchildren. Her exuberance, her ‘élan vital ‘, her great generosity and her kindness were all part of a life well lived . I feel privileged that she was such a big part of my existence and that we remained close after our departure for London and, eventually, Prague. Eric and I will always keep her in our hearts, wherever we might be. In my mind, she will always represent ‘the Gold Standard’ (and so will her brisket)!

Taub Family - about 1 month ago

Dear Stuart, Carolyn, Max, and Sarah. We met Marilyn a few times at your family functions and it was always clear how happy she was to have made the trip to Toronto for those special events. We are truly sorry for your loss. Jonathan, Robin, Justin, Natalie Taub.

Martin Braun - about 1 month ago

To Kenny, Leesa & Stuart - as a kid growing up in Cote. St. Luc, I was often at your home, and I thought your Mom was great. As I grew older I came to appreciate how knowledgeable, intelligent, and interesting she was. She also had a big heart and was all about family & friends. I'm sorry for your loss.

Joanne garfinkle - about 1 month ago

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Marilyn from McGill and was Helen Bassel’s closest friend. May you have fond memories

Mona Golfman - about 1 month ago

Dear Berger family ; My heartfelt sympathy to all on the sad loss of your mother / grandmother & my friend & mentor /as librarians @ Mcgill & frienship in life ; a special woman who cared , gave from the heart & oh so knowledgeable ; How fortunate you were to have this special mother & Bubby in your lives . Warmly Mona G

Avi Friedman - about 1 month ago

I will always remember Marilyn's dedication to the students she served. She was vital to my work at McGill as a student and later as a professor.

Judy Silverman - about 1 month ago

Condolences to Marilyn’s family from a former colleague and admirer of her dedication to McGill and the Art Libraries Society of North America. Judy Silverman

Eric Feldman and Family - about 1 month ago

Dear Kenny , Lisa ,Stuart, & Family Our most sincere and heartfelt condolences . The loss of your dear mother will be an enormous void to our whole family. As we know your Mom and mine shared a lifetime of extremely fond and cherished memories together filled with joy . They loved to talk about their childhood and how grateful they were. They grew up as neighbours on Brodeur in NDG. They went to the same school together and shared all family simchas along with summers in Ivry and Ste. Agathe. So much history. Your mother was fully devoted to her family. My mother always expressed to me how grateful and blessed she was to have your mother not only as a first cousin but as friend and like a big sister always there for her, picking her up and going for lunches, dinners etc. Always calling her to check up on her even to her final days. The weekend Family Reunion up at Tremblant a few years ago that she organized and planned was a mitzvah. She wanted to see her whole family together to celebrate joy and happiness . And all of us did! Your mother was fully accomplished woman and dear to all of us and will never be forgotten and always remain in our hearts. May you have no more further sorrows. Our Love and most sincere condolences , Eric Feldman, my Mom Norma Feldman & Family

Phyllis Rudin - about 1 month ago

So very sorry to hear about Marilyn. I worked with her for many years in the McGill libraries. Aside from being the best of librarians, she was the loveliest person. My condolences on your loss.

Rita Tenenbaum - about 1 month ago

My heartfelt condolences go out to Marilyn’s family! How sad that she will no longer be such with us. Her warm friendship will be remembered and keenly missed.

Jonathan Sterne - about 1 month ago

My condolences to her family. I didn't know her well as a person, but we worked together. Marilyn was the Art History librarian while I was chair of Art History and Communication Studies 2007-10. At the time the McGill Library system was run by someone who didn't believe in books or librarians, and every year there was a new initiative to close the Art History library. And they all failed. Every single one. Because of Marilyn. She was absolutely committed to preserving it because she saw the good it did for faculty and students and she had the will to follow through--she was absolutely unrelenting in the face of "new imperatives" and all the ridiculousness. This was on top of her absolute and total dedication to the students and faculty. She didn't just run the library, she believed in it as an idea. We may not have known each other that well, but I was absolutely sure she would have my back if it was something that mattered.

Rachel Alter - about 1 month ago

Dear Leesa and family, Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved Mother. Wishing you all much strength snd comfort at this difficult time. Rachel

Donna Hedge - about 1 month ago

My heartfelt sympathies to Marilyn's family. She was a wonderful person who touched the hearts of many. Her stories about her family were inspiring and heart warming. I have been privileged to have known her since the 80s. She made an impact on all those she met. May wonderful memories sustain her family through these difficult days. RIP dear Marilyn.

Ellie Moidel - about 1 month ago

My heartfelt sympathies to the Berger family. Marilyn was strong in spirit and always there for those she loved. My friendship with Marilyn was forged when Anita, my very close friend and Marilyn's sister-in-law, was sick and then passed away. Marilyn and I remained friends even after I moved to Toronto. She was wise and a good role model. May you be comforted by her mentschlekhkayt.

Annmarie Adams Prof - about 1 month ago

Dear Berger family, I am so sorry to hear of Marilyn's passing. She was such an important figure to me and to the School of Architecture at McGill University, as a strong champion of architectural research. I remember our years of conversations fondly, in the Blackader Library and the Canadian Architecture Collection. I am thinking about her today.

Mia Gaventa Saks - about 1 month ago

Dear Berger family, I am so saddened to learn of the loss of Marilyn. She was an amazing woman and a very good and dear friend to my mother Shirley. She will be greatly missed. May your memories of her give you comfort at this difficult time.

Ivy and Perry Shapransky - about 1 month ago

Dear Leesa and family, Sending you our deepest sympathies on the loss of your mother. Cherish all your wonderful memories and may you be spared any further sorrow. ...Sincerely, Ivy and Perry

Julie Feldman - about 1 month ago

Dear Lisa, Kenny, Stuart, and Family, I am so sorry for your loss and may the precious memories you shared carry you through this very difficult time. I have many fond memories of your Mom during my childhood, as she was always vibrant and full of good conversation. Everyone will miss her exceptional presence and friendship. Thinking of you, Julie

Franceen Finesilver - about 1 month ago

I am so saddened to have just read that Marilyn had passed away.She was such a dynamic and positive person .My sincere condolences to all her family.May Marilyn Rest In Peace.

Brandee Adler & Joss Dagenais - about 1 month ago

Dear Leesa and family, we are so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Joss and I extend our deepest sympathies.

Jennifer Silverman - about 1 month ago

My deepest sympathies to all of you. My heart goes out to you all. Please know I am thinking of you.

Esther Adelsohn - about 1 month ago

Dear Berger and Lapedis families, with sincerest sympathy and condolences very deeply felt. I was saddened when I heard about the loss of your dearly beloved Mother, Mother-in-Law, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Aunt. I remember Marilyn well as she was also a dear friend to my late Mother Bella. May Marilyn’s indomitable spirit and the love she gave you forever be an inspiration to you. Marilyn has left a beautiful legacy and hope you will find solace and wishing you all strength and health during these extremely difficult times. May her memory be a blessing. RIP. Esther Adelsohn and family 🙏

Gary Perlman - about 1 month ago

Dear Leesa and family, Please accept my condolences for your loss.

joanne litvack - about 1 month ago

Dear Berger Family my deepest sympathies to all of you on the passing of your Mom Marilyn . She leaves a legacy of love, generosity and purpose that will be remembered with a smile . I know my Mom Sarah will miss her very much. Joanne Litvack

jane carlin - about 1 month ago

I knew Marilyn through the professional organization of art librarians. She was a mentor, a friend and a wonderful colleague. She was always so positive and so supportive. What a wonderful person - she will always be remembered.

Valerie Fortin - about 1 month ago

Marilyn was an extremely knowledgeable and dedicated librarian and a warm and caring person. I was privileged to get to know her at the McGill Library and we shared stories of our travels and our grandchildren. My heartfelt condolences to her family.

Gerry Stober - about 1 month ago

Dear Leesa and family, My deepest condolences to you all at this sad time. May the wonderful memories of your Mother live with you forever and ever. Amen.

JEWEL LOWENSTEIN - about 1 month ago

Dear Berger family, Paul joins me in expressing our sadness on the loss of our dear friend Marilyn. She truly was a woman ahead of her time. Not only was she the quintessential mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, but she was an inquisitive, skilled, energetic, caring and accomplished leader in the field of art librarianship. Locally and nationally, Marilyn led by example. She was a giving mentor to so many. It was my privilege to work closely with her at McGill and after retirement, to continue to learn from her wise counsel. Sharing special lunches in honour of our birthdays became an annual highlight. May you all gain strength from each other and from the fond memories you share. I will also miss your matriarch. Jewel Lowenstein

Ileana Davidovici(Heidi's sister) - about 1 month ago

Dear Leesa & family, My deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved mother, grandmother. My prayers for your strength during this most difficult time and may she rest in peace.

Barbara Shuster - about 1 month ago

Dear Leesa and Family, Though no words of mine will lesser your grief, I do hope the beautiful memories of your mother will help you through this difficult time. I'm thinking of you and sending my heartfelt condolences.

Donna Seidman - about 1 month ago

Dear Leesa and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember your mother well and her hearty laugh. She will be sorely missed by many. May you find strength in your cherished memories.

Wendy and Robert - about 1 month ago

Dear Leesa, Kenny, Stuart, and family, Robert and I are so sorry for your loss. Marilyn was a friendly and sociable individual. You could see that family was her joy. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Gloria Bass - about 1 month ago

Dear Berger family, My deepest condolences to you on your loss. My mother, Sarah, and Marilyn shared many good times together. May you be comforted by all of the wonderful memories.

Robin Pokrass - about 1 month ago

Dear Leesa & family, Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of you beloved mother/grandmother. May you all be spared further sorrow. May she rest in peace.

Chris Lyons - about 1 month ago

I am so sorry for your loss. Marilyn was a wonderful person. I worked for her in 1989-90 at the Blackader-Lauternman Library. She was such a warm and encouraging person, and had such a deep passion and dedication to librarianship, especially to the people around her. She has been a great model to me as a librarian.

Wendy and Ian roter - about 1 month ago

Dear Leesa Kenny and Stuart and all the family I am heartbroken for you all! And on my dads birthday no less! What a beautiful person with such wisdom. Loved her very much as you all know. The world has lost one of a kind. I will cherish her memory always.remember all the good times and she will live on in you all! All my love

Judy Brecher - about 1 month ago

Dear Leese and family I so sorry for your loss of your mother my deepest sympathy’s to you and your family

Pam & Larry Strulovitch - about 1 month ago

Dear Leesa, Kenny, Stuart and family. We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved mother. We remember fun times up north. May all your memories give you comfort at this most difficult time. Pam & Larry

Renee Topper - about 1 month ago

Dear Stuart, Carolyn and family, I knew Marilyn through her related friend Kaylee z”l, Carolyn’s dear mother who passed away last week. . What a great relationship they had. I was so happy to have often been a part of this friendship. Marilyn had a big heart and would always invite me to come to Montreal and stay with her. She was an accomplished and honoured librarian at McGill University and her knowledge was admirable! She loved talking about her grandchildren and taking them on amazing and challenging trips. We kept in touch by sending messages signed “With love” I will miss her. May her memory be for a blessing.

Heidi and Cliff Rodgers - about 1 month ago

Dear Leesa and Family, We are saddened to hear of your loss. I remember your Mom as always being warm and welcoming. May her memory be a blessing for you all and may she rest in peace.

Barbara Berger - about 1 month ago

to Marilyn's family, I knew your mother, and grandmother as a Berger, we married first cousins, and in the same year. We weren't close, but greeted each other warmly and with affection. It is a sad feeling to know that her branch of the Berger family is gone. Sincerely Barbara Berger

linda lieberman - about 1 month ago

my dear leesa and family, so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved mother. What a beautiful woman, both inside and out. I can say that i knew her my whole life and was always happy to see her. sending hugs and kisses. linda shoham lieberman

Howard Hamburg - about 1 month ago

Dear Kenny, Leesa & Stuart, I am profoundly saddened to learn of Marilyn’s passing, a woman I have known my entire life. Your mom was at every one of our family simchas for the past 55 years. I always admired her energy, conviction, strength of character, family values and thirst for knowledge to name just a few. She had an adventurous spirit that she shared with each grandchild taking them on trips, instilling those values in the next generation. My mom lost a dear friend and we lost a part of our extended family. There is no question that Marilyn led a meaningful life, something to be proud of. Although no words of mine can console you, please know that my thoughts are with you. May her memory be a blessing. Warm Regards, Howard Hamburg

Taryn Kolodny - about 1 month ago

My deepest condolences to Leesa, her kids and then entire family . May she Rest In Peace.

Phyllis david - about 1 month ago

My dear Leesa and family... our deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. May her memory be a blessing and may she watch over her wonderful family. May the good memories bring you comfort Sending you our love and support Michael and phyllis David... mark... moish and jason