March 30, 1927-Nov. 7, 2021
Submitted by John Berg
Midday on November 7, 2021, Mildred “Millie” Berg, passed away peacefully in the care of those who loved her. She will be missed terribly by all who knew her briefly or intimately.
Born in Queens, New York on March 30, 1927 to her father, Jack Levy, a film company executive and Annabelle Ost, a homemaker and design consultant. She attended elementary school in Howard Beach (P.S. 146) and John Adams High School and after enlisting in the Nurse Corps during World War 2 attained her degree as an RN.
After completing her nurse’s training in 1947, she married Paul Berg; their union endured nearly 75 years during which she bore a son, John and with whom she shared her love of music. They both studied jazz piano and she introduced him to Big Band and the Beatles.. Since 1959, the family resided at Stanford, CA where Paul was a member of the Stanford University faculty. She eschewed joining civic or community clubs but chose instead to devote her energies and interests to home and family matters. Millie was an ardent and superb cook, the products of which she loved sharing with friends and Paul’s colleagues and students. Millie’s kitchen was a workshop for her son John whom she taught to cook and bake. Additionally, landscaping, gardening and horticulture were rewarding and engaging pastimes.
But her true passion focused on conservation, particularly the caring for and protection of every sort of land and sea animal. She was an ardent supporter of the Silicon Valley Humane Society, the Marine Mammal Center, Monterey Bay Aquarium and the World Wildlife Fund. A more personal way of engaging her love of animals, was raising and training four dogs, one of which she bred and cared for seven pups. She was an avid and eager traveler both in the U.S and abroad and because of Paul’s professional activities she visited most of the word’s continents and sites; cruise ships were her favorite means for travel and experiencing historic or exotic places.
Those who knew Millie valued her warmth, humor, generosity and open heartedness as well as her wisdom and keen intellect. She was always at the ready to provide help and consolation. Donations are welcomed to the organizations mentioned above.