Margaret Weller Berard

January 16, 1949   –   November 1, 2021


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Margaret Weller Berard

On November 1, 2021, All Saints Day, the Lord took our beloved Margie home.  She passed away at her home in Kenmore surrounded by family.

Margaret Weller Berard, was born January 16, 1949, in Spokane, Washington to Walter and Winifred (Shreve) Weller, the seventh of their nine children.  She went to Mary Cliff High School in Spokane, then attended Seattle University, where she met her beloved husband of 50 years, Peter Berard while on a ski trip to Banff.

They were married in 1971 and moved to Kenmore to raise their four kids, Jennifer (Jason) Richmond, Bill (Teresa) Berard, Colleen Berard, Molly Berard.  It gave her immense joy to spend time with her family and especially with her grandchildren, Colton, Carson and Maggie Richmond, and Piper and Daisy Berard.  She cherished her sisters weekends and was notorious for having two-hour long conversations with her sisters.

Margie lived her life as a devoted Catholic and from an early age let her faith shine through in her actions.

Margie was a stay-at-home mom and was heavily involved in her kid’s activities.  From supporting their schooling and PTA, to Girl Scouts, to mission trips to Mexico, to watching endless soccer games in the rain, she was always there!  If she wasn’t at a kid, grand-kid, or church activity, you could find her pulling weeds in her yard or beating someone at solitaire.

Margie started working for St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Kirkland in 1992.  She remained there over many years and retired in June 2021.  Through her dedication and loyalty to the parish, she earned the name “Mom” of St. John Vianney.  Some even referred to her as “Monsignor Margie”.  She meant so much to so many people, we are only now learning how far reaching her love was felt.  She was a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and of course friend.  She had a way of making everyone feel like family.  Her actions were always genuine and full hearted, her empathy felt no bounds and she always put others before herself.  She will always be remembered for her love of everyone.  To know her was to love her!

She was the ultimate host, and it filled her heart to have people around.  From the moment you arrived till you pulled out of the driveway she was going to try and feed you as much as possible and send you away with goodies.  She was the queen of buying candy for the “grandkids” and hiding it all over the house, only to be found by her husband and adult children, months or years later.  When the playing cards came out so did the snacks and you better believe black licorice was always in the mix.

She is survived by her husband, 4 kids, 5 grand-kids and siblings George Weller, Jan Ebeling, Walt Weller, Kathy Ely, and Theresa McDonald and many other family members. She is proceeded in death by her parents, Walt and Winnie Weller, her siblings Gerry Weller, Jim Weller, and Jody Dunn and her niece Brianna Weller.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 13th at 10 am at St. John Vianney Church, Kirkland, WA.  (12600 84th AVE NE, Kirkland 98034)

In lieu of gifts or flowers please donate to St John Vianney or to your favorite charity.

She will forever be missed!

We love you forever and a day!

17 Responses to “Margaret Weller Berard”

  • Darryl & Judy Zaccaria says:

    Our hearts are so heavy because we lost you. Margie, you are so loved by so many people. You showed us all how to pick up your cross and carried it all the way to heaven. May you now rest in peace my sweet friend.
    Our sympathies to your wonderful family – Pete, Jenny, Colleen, Bill and Molly. May God be with you during this most difficult time.

  • Ann Buchanan says:

    Margie was a lovely lady;always a smile on her face.
    My prayers are with the Berard Family.

  • Mary Anne Barnett says:

    Margie was one of the best faces of St. John Vianney parish She was the welcoming face of Jesus A brightness shone through her in each interaction with staff and parishioner. Margie exuded grace and graciousness. She was always a joy to be around. Blessings on all her family, especially you Molly. I only just found out you are her daughter.

  • Steve and Jeanette Eggerman says:

    We are so sad to hear this news. Margie was one of the warmest, nicest people to walk this earth. This obituary completely describes her! The minute she walked into a room she would put a smile on our faces and we knew everything was under control. She will be greatly missed but how lucky we all are to have known her and her kind, personable ways. Sending hugs and our sincerest condolences to all the family.

  • Kirby Larson says:

    Dear Berard family,

    I was stunned to see the news of Margie’s passing; it seems impossible that someone so vibrant and full of life and love could be gone. I had the honor and pleasure of working with Margie on Moorlands PTA where any encounter with her resulted in a laugh. May your sweet memories bring comfort at this time.
    Warmly, Kirby Larson

  • Rose and TonyFrandanisa says:

    When we talk about St John Vianney Church as being “The Light on Finn Hill”, Margie was one of those shining bright lights here at St. John Vianney. She devoted many endless hours to making sure the church ran smoothly and that every job was done to the best way she could do it. She took care of us in so many ways, to the funerals she helped plan, auctions she organized, and making sure the transitioning of priests made them feel welcomed. We will miss her smiling face and caring loving ways she showed to all of us at St. John Vianney. We love you Margie, God Bless You

  • Pete & Nancy Wright says:

    We worked with Pete & Margie in Marriage Encounter and very much appreciated Margie’s talents, warm smile, and sense of humor. She was devoted to helping others, and was darned good at it. Our sincere condolences to Pete and the family.

  • Lori Gavin says:

    Rest in peace, Margie. You have earned it by your gracious and impeccable leadership at SJV. It was an honor to know you. Lori Gavin

  • Joe & Helen Hesketh says:

    We were sorry to hear the news that Margie had passed and gone to her well deserved Heavenly home.
    She touched the lives of so many in numerous ways and with Pete they shared the joys of Marriage with many couples while presenting Marriage Encounter weekends.
    Our prayers are with you Pete and the rest of the family as you remember all the love,joy and happiness you had together. Peace and love to all.

  • Stan & Sherry Hayden says:

    We were so sad to see Margie’s obituary while reading the Sunday paper. Always looked so forward to seeing both Pete and Margie at our family picnic on Camano Island. She will be truly missed. Our prayers are with you Pete and the rest of your family.

  • Adele & Andy Parks says:

    Margie will be enormously missed by all who knew her; she truly was a ‘Light on Finn Hill’….Rest In Peace.

  • Jim & Linda Stevens says:

    Pete would always get a special twinkle in his eye and smile on his lips when it came to talking about his Margie. Every year we went to see Pete at tax time but departed hours later with 5 minutes of tax talk but hearts full of joy over Margie and family stories. We enjoyed every minute. Thank you for sharing a wonderful woman.

  • Dennis & Ann Donovan says:

    Ann and I saw Margie’s obituary in the Sunday Seattle Times. To say the least, we were shocked and saddened! From our times together at Seattle University and with both Margie and you as members of our wedding party over 48 years ago, we have loved you both dearly. While saddened, we were glad to see the many things in which Margie has been involved, from her “stay at home mom-hood”, to her active role in her children’s many activities, to her many contributions to her parish, to her serving as grandma to her grandchildren, to her being a loving wife of 50 years to Pete.…. She lived a full and meaningful life and gave of herself to so many different people in so many important and meaningful ways. We will keep you, Pete, and your family in our thoughts and prayers and will keep Margie in our thoughts and memories. While not able to attend her funeral, we will have a mass said in her memory at the parish we attend in Kitsap county.

  • Jimmy Jet and Elaine Klansnic says:

    We are sad to hear of Margie’s passing. She glowed with joy, and warmth each time we met- mostly at the Klansnic-Menowsky gatherings each year. We will miss her presence, but know the glow will be carried on in our hearts, as she shines in the heavens. Are thoughts and prayers are with Pete and family.

  • Stephanie Jensen says:

    When we think of SJV, we think of Margie. Priests have come and gone but not Margie. This summer, we attended Judy Smith’s funeral, and Margie welcomed us back to our roots, a parish we spent 30 years with the community. We are grateful we got to view her beautiful funeral Mass online. We are with you in prayer, Pete.
    Ted and Stephanie Jensen

  • Peggy Arians says:

    Margie meant so much to Al and me. He turned Catholic a few days before he died in 2007, and Margie was part of the welcoming committee( unofficial). She did so much for so many, way beyond was required. She will always be remembered, and loved.

  • Kevin Roscoe says:

    The Photo of Marge is just as I always remember her.
    Such a warm and welcoming smile.
    My condolences to her family.
    Peace, Love, and Happiness always

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