Laureen Burger Young Bega Age 79 passed away on Tuesday August 24 at Kaiser Hospital, Fremont. She was waiting to have surgery when her heart failed. She was born April 13, 1938 in Los Angeles, CA. Parents were Robert and Grayce Burger. The family came up to the Bay Area when Laureen (Laurie) was 12 years old. She graduated from San Leandro High School and attended San Jose State University, studying Office Management. After years of office work she became an Airline Stewardess working for TIA airlines - a position she just loved and became the center of her life. She adored the travel and all aspects of her position. Later in life, she returned to office life where she loved the work and especially the people. When she made a friendship it would last a lifetime. She always kept in contact with her friends, even maintaining her friendships with her junior high and high school friends. She loved travel, and the words departure and arrival were inherent in her vocabulary, witnessed by the many cruises that took her around the world. Her married life also included recreational camping in her motorhome. Membership in the Fremont Elks and several RV clubs kept her busy, happy and active. Her hobby of knitting allowed for every new born child in her sphere of friend, when born, to be wrapped in an Auntie Laurie baby blanket. When she was not knitting for babies, knitting scarves for her friends was an on- going ritual. Slowing down in her last few years sparked an interest in the nature of birds, squirrels and her well - loved granddog. She spent many hours enjoying their antics while they frolicked around the back yard. Not having any children of her own, she was blessed to have 4 stepchildren, 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren who she dearly loved. Of course the grandchildren quickly took over her attention as they presented themselves in the family. As knowledge of her death surfaced, an example of her parenting legacy was being expressed best by her stepdaughter and step granddaughter. Daughter Shelley referred to her always as her “Bonus Mom”. Granddaughter Marisa posted: This evening, I gained a new guardian angel in heaven. I’ll miss you Grandma. I will succeed in life because YOU placed that courageous spirit of yours within me all my life. You may have not been my biological grandmother, but you were my grandmother by choice, and accepted Mark and I with open arms. I am so happy and grateful to have been raised by such a unique lady like you. I want you to know that I’ll be okay. Thank You Grandma Laureen. I love you! On Wednesday, September 6, there will be a Celebration of Life at the Elks Lodge in Fremont from 11:00 am -2:00 pm. A Memorial Ritual will be performed by the Officers of the Fremont Elks and a brunch and fellowship will follow. In remembrance of Laurie’s love of animals, in lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to your charity of choice. Laurie is being cremated and entombed with her parents at Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland at a short, small family service at the crypt.

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  1. Dan and family -we are deeply saddened to hear of your
    Loss-Laurie will be so missed-she was truly
    A phenomenal lady -when we play “hand & foot” she will
    Always be thought of -every time I eat chicken nuggets-I will
    Remember her-as this was one of her favorite lunches–and the dinners
    From Yuk Wah will never be the same-Dan we love you all and are so
    Sorry we can not be here with you-your friends Andy & steve

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  2. When Laureen married Dan Bega she immediately became a comfortable and loving member of the Bega Family. She became my Aunt Laureen and I/we will all miss her beautiful smile and warm disposition. Jim and I extend our deepest sympathy and love to Uncle Dan and everyone close to her.

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  3. Dan and family, please accept our condolences. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Please take care
    Henry and Vicky Blandino

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  4. Condolences to Dan and the entire Bega Family. Laurie was a such a warm and gentle lady who will be sorely missed. I feel blessed to have had her in my life. Heaven got an amazing angel. I hope they realize how lucky they are.

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  5. Hi Dan, Danny, Laurie, and family,
    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Laurie was a very strong, loving person. She will be missed. My heart aches for all of you.

    I’m sorry I won’t be able to attend the service.
    All my love,
    Deb

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  6. Dan and family, My heart goes out to all of you. Laurie was a dear friend – meeting her in 1969. We had some good times together and I will always remember her with great affection. My girls also loved her – they called her “Big Laurie” (she was tall) because our baby sitter was also Laurie but she was Little Laurie. You were her love and she loved your entire family. She was one of a kind, for sure and brought a lot of happiness to everyone.

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  7. A beautiful lady indeed. I loved playing “Words with friends” and texting with her. I am sorry I will miss the celebration of life for Laurie. My deepest condolences to you Dan and all the family.

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  8. Dan and family – my deepest sympathy for your loss. Over all the many years, you and your family have always been in my thoughts, never forgotten.

    Renee Smith

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  9. To Dan & family, So very sorry to hear of your loss. Laurie was a lovely lady who only expressed friendship and caring to Gary & myself. She will surely be missed by all. Our thoughts are with you, Gary, Lois Clark

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  10. When long-time friends pass from this world, we are saddened. We cry and our hearts hurt. But instead of focusing on the grief, I’m reminiscing about the good times and precious memories.
    Laureen, several friends and I go waaaay back in years. We became a group of gals that visited each other’s homes, were welcomed by each other’s parents and enjoyed many activities together both at school and after. Those were fun and special times.
    Now I pray for Laurie, Danny, family and friends – for peace and comfort and wonderful memories of days past. God Bless You.

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