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Robert E. Evans Funeral Home

16000 Annapolis Road, Bowie, MD

OBITUARY

Kathleen Berganski

June 15, 1956February 11, 2020
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Kathleen Berganski, 63, of Edgewater, MD passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at Anne Arundel Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family.

Kathleen was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 15, 1956. Kathleen grew up in Pennsylvania, St. Louis and New Jersey, and after college settled in Maryland, where she resided for more than 30 years. Kathleen was a strong believer in life-long learning, and graduated from Fairfield University in Connecticut, received a Master of Science in Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University, and most recently completed an Executive Certificate program from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Kathleen was an avid traveler and runner, with an adventurous spirit who seemed to fit 100 years of life into only 63. Always looking for ways to make life better and easier for everyone she met, Kathleen centered her life around her family, her job with Booze Allen Hamilton, and giving back to her community with the many charitable organizations she worked with – including AFCEA. Kathleen was proudly named a Woman Appreciation Award Winner by AFCEA in 2018. Kathleen was also committed to working with female-owned small business and dedicated to working with young adults to make sure they had access to scholarships, mentorship programs, and the ability to further their careers. Additionally, Kathleen and her husband Michael were devoted supporters of the Annapolis Naval Academy, caring for so many midshipmen recruits for more than 20 years. Go Navy, Beat Army!

Kathleen was a woman of deep faith and was heavily involved in her church. She was a CCD teacher for nearly 20 years and served as a Eucharistic Minister with her husband, frequently bringing communion to patients at local hospitals.

Kathleen is survived by her loving husband of 31 years Michael Roman Berganski; her two beloved daughters Katie Houchens, and her husband Matt, and Kellie Berganski; her mother Isabel Lyons, who she cared for so deeply; sisters Patricia Brune and her husband Mike, Maryann Lamberton, and her brother Michael Lyons and his wife Karen; and many cherished nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews, and extended family she always welcomed so warmly into her home.

A Christian Memorial Mass was held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bowie, MD on February 18, 2020 where Kathleen’s life was celebrated by family and friends. Online condolences can be made at www.robertevansfuneralhome.com, and memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, a charity close to her heart. Please be sure to include Michael Berganski’s email address when prompted so the family will be notified of your donation in Kathleen’s memory: berganskim@aol.com. Kathleen treasured the following quote by Mother Teresa. Please allow these beautiful words and lasting life lessons help you hold Kathleen close to your heart always: “People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten. Do good anyway. Give the world your best and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”

  • DONATIONS

  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Services

  • Visitation Monday, February 17, 2020
  • Visitation Monday, February 17, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Memories

Kathleen Berganski

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Colleen Dilly

February 19, 2020



Kathleen Berganski was my Friend and my Mentor.

Kathleen did all in the spirit of helping others!

Her enthusiasm, professionalism, and dedication to the AFCEA WIIG (Women in Intelligence Group) was incredible and unmatched! We put together an amazing AFCEA WIIG Speaker Event in 2012. After 6 months of planning with key senior level women in the IC, I had to leave for the hospital for an emergency.

Kathleen knew the material so well, she executed the entire program and then came to the hospital a few times to ensure I was ok.

Kathleen cared about "Getting it done!" But, she cared even more deeply for the people!

Kathleen we love you and miss you a great deal! Thank you for trying to help us to become better people!


Monica Hill

February 19, 2020

I will miss her so much. We would share stories at work and when we would catch up for lunch (over the past 16 years), and we would laugh until we were in tears. She supported me professionally and gave me opportunities to grow. Just a wonderful person and beautiful spirit. I loved her Christmas cards and family updates each year and catching up with her. We sat near each other in the office so we saw each other almost every day. Boy did we have some great laughs over the last few months at the office. I'm sure some people were wondering "what do those two think is so funny". She was a special person that touched my life and I am grateful to have known her. May god bless the family.

Brenda Kinne

February 18, 2020

This is the Kathy I will always remember. Constant smile, always happy and laughing. You were such a positive influence in my life. Love you and will forever miss you.

Brenda Kinne

February 18, 2020

Brenda Kinne

February 18, 2020

I was blessed to meet Kathy (as I know her and will always call her) back in 1980. We were selling maintenance contracts for Sears and Roebuck while in college. We had an instant connection. We had so much fun together. Thursday night happy hours after work at Frizbees (now Arties) where we would spin the wheel to find out what beer would cost for the next hour - and always had our budget of $7 each to share fried zucchini sticks and brewskis. A highlight of my life was driving to Key West, FL with her. I quickly had to learn how to drive stick shift to share the responsibility of driving. We drove as long as we could and then stopped at a seedy motel to rest before we continue our 25 hr journey. You know you have a friend for life when you drive that far and then pitch a tent - your home for 10 days. Boy did we have fun! Met some boys from Yale and had such a great time!!! Sloppy Joe's, Hemingways house, sunsets at the point. Then the epic journey home, when we were broke. No more seedy motel...had to settle for a truck stop and sleep in the car. From there, we went on to play co-ed softball, beach trips to Dewey Beach, DE (she would often decide cars were too slow and pass 2-3 at a time on a 2 way road) and many other gatherings. I was so blessed to have Kathy share the best day of my life as a bridesmaid in our wedding in 1983. She was always someone you could count on - and always a great confidante. I will always love you, Kathy, and miss you with all my heart. I am saddened we had not reconnected over the last several years. I will see you again my dear, sweet friend. May you rest in peace .

Peggy Burton-Herring

February 16, 2020

Kathleen and I worked together for several years and I enjoyed working with her very much, she was my mentor, and my friend who I will miss. My poem in dedication to her.
I Just Saw Her
I Just Saw Her looking gorgeous, friendly to see me to share in her Joy
I Just Saw Her as she smiled and shared many years, we were friends
I Just Saw Her in giving me strength to succeed as the person I am and want to become
I Just Saw Her leave us too soon
But as I Just Saw Her and the Wonderful People she had in Her Life, and The Wonderful things she had accomplished,
She will always be Who I knew and Remembered in How I Just Saw Her.

Karen Neander-Lyons

February 15, 2020

Karen Neander

February 15, 2020

Jessica Morgenstern

February 15, 2020

Kathleen was a special lady. She was a confidante and a good friend. While we never worked at the same company, we worked together on the AFCEA Executive Committee and programs for many years. She was always ready to lead or participate in an activity. Everything she did she did with class. She was a true champion of education and mentored so many, many people. Thank you for sharing her with us. Kathleen will always be a part of everyone she touched. I will miss her tremendously.

Susan Fisher

February 15, 2020

Time is not measured by the years that you live but by the deeds that you do and the joy that you give. Kathleen, with a good soul, approached life with great passion and purpose. She will be missed. My heartfelt sympathies to her family and friends.

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