Agnes was born Aganetha Teichroeb in Neuanlage, Saskatchewan on April 2, 1915. She was the 7 child of Peter and Maria Teichroeb, who came from Manitoba around 1895. Agnes met Jacob Bergen, who was the son of Frank and Anna Bergen, and after a four year courtship they were married on December 2, 1934. they sharecropped land east of Hepburn, Saskatchewan. Making a living was very challenging with the dry conditions, but Anges always contributed with her thrifty ways of making the dollar stretch farther. It was here that the first two children, Frank and Marie were born. Then opportunity came for homesteading in B.C. so in June of 1940, there were part of a settler’s train that left the prairies for the Burns Lake area. As soon as they arrived, Jake and his two brothers, Henry and Issac, rented land in the Ootsa Lake area until they could afford to purchase it. Here John, Eva, Peter and Judy were born. They enjoyed living in the Ootsa valley until they were flooded out by Alcan in 1952. They then moved to higher ground and Bill, the final addition to the family was born. Agnes enjoyed working in the garden and her flowers were something to behold! Sewing was another of talents, and Christmas would often come with new clothes for all. At least they were new to the children as she would remake them from adult clothing. They continued farming and raised their family at Ootsa until 1971. Jake and Agnes then decided it was time to retire, so they sold the farm and moved to Tintagel. Now they spent their days gardening and growing 10 foot tall peas! They remained here for 21 years, which was the longest they stayed living in any one place. Later they moved to Palling where Jake passed away in January 1999. They were married for 64 years. Agnes needed a smaller home, so she moved to town and then because of health issues, lived at Tweedsmuir House for 5 years. Although her mind reminded clear to the end, her health continued to deteriorate to the point that she required the additional attention that the Pines could provide. The Pines was Agnes’s home for the last 11 months of her long life, of 97 years.
Agnes will be sadly missed by her children; Frank (Anne) Bergen, 6 children, 15 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; Marie (George – deceased) Petkau, 5 children, 12 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren; John (Rose) Bergen, 3 children, 5 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren; Eva (Gary – deceased) Giesbrecht, 3 children, 10 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren; Peter; Judy (Frank – deceased) Wiebe, 3 children, 8 grandchildren; Bill (Marilyn) Bergen, 3 children, 5 grandchildren; 1 sister Betty Regier and many relatives and friends. Agnes is predeceased by her loving husband Jacob Bergen, an infant daughter, 3 son-in-laws George, Gary and Frank, a grandson Bill, 5 brothers and 5 sisters.
She will forever be remembered and held dear in the hearts of all who knew her.