Margaret Berke

Mary Margaret Berke passed away on Sunday May 28, 2023 at the age of 92 at the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital, formerly of Walsingham, Tillsonburg, and most recently of Caressant Care Courtland.
Margaret was a devoted wife to Joe ‘Blackie’ until his passing in 1988. Loving Mother of two daughters, Linda Berke of Wyecombe, and Nancy (Danny) Vanacker of Andy’s Corners. Proud Grandma of DJ Vanacker and Marc Vanacker, and great Grandma “GG” of Lucas Vanacker.
Margaret was strong, feisty, and opinionated, as many can attest to.
She was an excellent seamstress making many of her girls’ clothes when they were young. Over the years she spent many hours cooking and baking for her family and for countless harvest gangs while growing tobacco with her husband, and in her spare time she could be found making homemade noodles, sausage, and barbeque sauce. Margaret travelled on several bus trips with friends, and she enjoyed going to bingo.
Margaret’s family has a special ‘Thank You’ for Dr. D. Dockx for his years of care; to the Staff at Caressant Care Courtland; to all of the Nurses on 2 South at TDMH for their compassionate care during her final days.
In keeping with her instruction’s cremation has taken place and there will be no visitations or funeral service. Inurnment will be at a later date with only her immediate family.
Wareing Cremation Services, 346 Simcoe St., Tillsonburg, Ontario has been entrusted with Final Arrangements. Your messages of condolence may be shared here at

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  • Worked for Mrs.Berke and Blackie in tobacco was wonderful people to work for.
    My thoughts are with the family at this time

    Keva Cassidy
  • Please accept our condolences at this difficult time. Cherish the memories.

    Shari Myny DePauw Hamilton
  • We are so sorry for the loss of your mom It’s a difficult loss and our thoughts are with you

    Frances Salyi
  • Linda & Nancy….Our sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. No matter what age we are when we lose our Moms, they are forever missed. Treasure your memories and know we are thinking of you.
    Dennis & Carolynn Vandepoele

    Dennis & Carolynn Vandepoele
  • Linda
    Very sorry to read about the passing of your Mom. You spoke about her often, she will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this trying time.
    Merlin & Denise

    M&D Howse
  • Linda and Nancy: our deepest sympathy on the passkng of your Mom, our thoughts and prayers are with you both. Rob and Theresa

    Rob & Theresa Godby
  • My deepest condolences to the family. Margret always had a smile along with a hello how are you today when I visit my mom Averil Lockstein in Courtland, she will be truly missed by many.

    Mari-Ann Poole

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