Beverley A. (Strong) Kergo

October 7, 2015

Beverley A. (Strong) Kergo

BEVERLEY A. (STRONG) KERGO- Of Woburn, Wednesday, October 7th. Beloved wife of the late Kenneth J. Kergo. Devoted mother of Diane E. Doherty of Andover, Ken J. Kergo of Woburn, and Robin A. Cotreau and her husband James of Haverhill. Loving sister of the late Robert, William, Richard, and David Strong. Cherished Grandmother of Shane, Cameron, and Jared Doherty, Evan and Ryan Cotreau, and Julia Toomey Kergo. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Service in Trinity Episcopal Church, 535 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, October 14th at 10 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Calling hours will be held at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Beverley’s name to the Trinity Episcopal Church, 535 Main St, Woburn, MA 01801.

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OBITUARY:

Beverley A. (Strong) Kergo passed away peacefully on October 7 at The Daniels House Nursing Home in Reading following a long struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was the beloved wife of the late Kenneth J. Kergo, who passed away in 2014.

A life-long Woburn resident, Beverley was born on January 21, 1935, the fourth child and only daughter of the late William G. Strong and Elizabeth (Rowe) Strong. At the age of 17, Elizabeth came to the U.S. from Newfoundland. Fate would lead her to Woburn where she would meet a book binder named William. The couple married and made their home on Forest Park Road.

Beverley and her brothers were blessed with loving parents, whose strong Christian faith and commitment to the Lord would become the foundation of their family’s existence. Beverley adored her father, and was the apple of his eye. A life-long member of Red Sox Nation, father and daughter enjoyed listening to the games on the radio. Beverley’s all-time favorite player was Ted Williams, but in later years, Pedro Martinez would become a close second.

Beverley attended the Wyman School and graduated from Woburn High School in 1952. In high school she was a member of the Glee Club, played on the softball and basketball teams, and bowled. “Bev” was described in her yearbook as, “Tall, sincere, happy disposition, one of our few red-heads.”

After high school, Beverly went to work for the Travelers Insurance Company in Boston as a member of their secretarial pool. She quickly set herself apart from her peers, and was moved into “the big glass office” as she called it, to work as an executive secretary.

Beverley loved being a mother and was devoted to raising her three children. Summer vacations typically included trips to Wells, ME, Lake Winnipesaukee, the White Mountains, Benson’s Animal Farm, Canobie Lake Park, and Salem Willows.

Beverley returned to work on a part-time basis in the late 1970s and was employed by The Eastern Middlesex Board of Realtors up until her retirement in 2002. At her retirement, she was presented with a special congressional citation as well as a service award from the Massachusetts State Senate. Never one to think of herself as anyone special, she was truly humbled to be recognized by then Governor Jane Swift, and presented with another award acknowledging her 25 years of dedicated service. The admiration and appreciation for this remarkable woman, who often described herself as “simple” was almost surreal in stories shared by board members, realtors, and other colleagues, who truly captured the essence of this very special woman and the way she presented herself in all aspects of her life.

Beverley was soft spoken, spiritual, and lived her life following God’s way. She showered her friends and family with love, kindness, and compassion. She literally saw the good in every human being. Even those who only knew her casually, typically referred to her as “one of the sweetest, kindest woman I’ve ever met.” She had a unique way of telling a story or describing something about herself that always made you laugh, smile, or simply feel better than you did before. Her life was dedicated to helping those less fortunate and she volunteered her time with numerous charitable organizations and was actively involved in the Church Women of Woburn organization. A life-long member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Beverley attended regularly up until her illness would become too debilitating. She also sang in the choir, and served as a lay eucharistic minister.

Beverly was a crossword puzzle enthusiast who also liked music, traveling, and following the Boston sports teams. Most of all she loved spending time with family and friends, including annual gatherings at her house on Halloween Parade Sunday and Christmas Eve.

Recent years were spent at the Daniel’s House Nursing Home in Reading with her husband Kenneth by her side. Up until his passing in 2014, Kenneth took pride in looking after the love of his life. During his final days, as they held hands and shared a smile, it appeared that Beverley knew this person was someone special.

In addition to her husband and her parents, Beverley was predeceased by her four brothers William, Richard, Robert, and David.

She is lovingly survived by her three children Diane E. Doherty of Andover, Ken J. Kergo of Woburn, and Robin A. Cotreau and her husband James of Haverhill and six grandchildren Shane, Cameron, and Jared Doherty, Evan and Ryan Cotreau, and Julia Toomey Kergo.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Service in Trinity Episcopal Church, 535 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, October 14th at 10 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Calling hours will be held at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Beverley’s name to the Trinity Episcopal Church, 535 Main St, Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. Lorraine Butler

    I knew her sister in law Doris from the Community Baptist Church in Medford They are all resting in peace now

  2. My heartfelt condolences to the entire family for your loss and may you all find comfort in the many cherished memories she has left behind. Sincerely, Pat Foster

  3. What I remember about Aunt Beverly is her beautiful smile. Your at peace with your Mom and Dad and brothers. Love Susan

  4. When I think of Beverly I think that she is so happy where she is at now. Beverly was with out a doubt the most kind, caring, wonderful mother and wife that I know. She was a true christian in every sense of the word and never once did I every hear her say one bad word about any one. She is a hero to me and I will never forget her. RIP Beverly you are finally home. Love Carol

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