Jun 18, 1944 – Apr 4, 2018
Daughter of Solveig and Reidar Zahl. Loving mother of Marianne Vissers and Reidar Mysen. Mother in law of Eric Vissers husband of Marianne Vissers and Gry-Merete Laugerud wife of Reidar Mysen. Sister of Erik Zahl and surviving sister of Rigmor Merally. Grandmother of Markus and Tomas Vissers. “Babi” to brothers Rockland, Kazlo and Benton Leong. Loving and dear friend to many, Ardis Hocevar and Ronda Leong being the closest.
Berit was proud of her roots and upbringing in Oslo, Norway – an early life filled with outdoor adventures, skiing, figure skating, scouts and thriving youth activity in the Methodist church, together with her little sister Rigmor and elder brother Erik. Her love for vast nature and her restless and adventurous soul where amongst the things that brought her to North America.
Berit was a creative spirit attuned to the ever-changing currents of design and fashion. She thrived in her fashion boutique “Berit’s Fashion Gallery” in Edgemont Village North Vancouver during the 80’s. Her love for beauty was contrasted with a toughness, hardiness and work ethic few could match. She often attributed her tenacity to following her brother Erik in sports. To join him and his friends she would not complain; she would only “grin and Berit”. Her toughness also landed her in construction, where she enjoyed both the work as a machine operator and “taking care of her boys”.
Berit found a home, loving colleagues and great friends in a time of need at the Everglades in Mission B.C. This move brought her together with her bff Ardis. Berit became a part of Ardis’s extended family and a second grandma, “Babi”, to the grandchildren.
After her retirement Berit moved to Kelowna, where she found a community of friends she cared for very much. She loved her families at the church and in the coffee shops. She was amongst the brightest of lights and her unique spirit will live on in all who knew her.
A Graveside Service will take place at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery on Saturday April 21st at 12 noon. A Memorial Service will be held at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna B.C. on Saturday April 21st at 1 pm. The service will be officiated by Clair Jantzen.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.