Long-time Shrewsbury Resident Dies

Valborg M. “Bergie” (Volstad) Ciani, 88, died on May 12.

Valborg M. “Bergie” (Volstad) Ciani, 88, of Worcester, died Saturday, May 12, in Beaumont Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Worcester after an illness.

Her husband of 58 years, Saverino Ciani died in 2004. She leaves a brother, Fritz Volstad of Calgary, Canada; her two caregivers, sister-in-law, Mary Ciani of Worcester; and Bergie’s wonderful friend, Martha Mooney of Worcester; also survived by many nieces and nephews in the Canada and the United States, including her special niece, Joan Alexander of California.

Bergie was born Claresholm, Alberta, Canada, daughter of the Late Ole E. and Marie O. (Hatland) Volstad. She was educated in Canada and moved to the United States in 1946. Bergie and her husband, Saverino had made their home in for over 60 years before she moved to Worcester.

Bergie was a very talented seamstress and had made many articles of clothing for her family throughout the years. She also enjoyed gardening and later in life became a tremendous and award winning golfer.

Funeral services for Mrs. Ciani will be private at her request. Burial will take place in Ciani family lot in Mountain View Cemetery, Shrewsbury. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Salmon Hospice Care, 42 Beaumont Drive, P.O. Box 940, Northbridge, MA 01534.

Ron king May 17, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Any chance of changing the picture of a Cross that you use for these notices......really does not fit every death we have related here in Shrewsbury....there are other Religions and faiths that do not use that symbol, and can be offensive to some. It is a bit creepy too.
JD Davis May 17, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Ron, instead of pointing out the potential offensiveness of the cross, what do you suggest? What would make you feel happy and less creepy? How about offering a suggestion. Give me a break. What is next Ron, requesting that there not be pictures of the American flag? They used a picture of a martini glass when running a poll of the best liquor store, is that insensitive to alcoholics? Is it insensitive to the residents of Shrewsbury who practice Islam or are Mormons? What about a story on Lizzy Warren? Should the Patch call her a "Native American" and not an Indian?
Ron king May 17, 2012 at 06:46 PM
How about a picture of our Mountain View entrance, or a sign "In remembrance" then we can toast them with a martini. "Here's to a good life, well lived"
Jennifer Lucarelli May 17, 2012 at 08:57 PM
We're working on changing up the photos for the obituaries. I appreciate the suggestions and hopefully in the future we will be able to use the submitted photos to funeral homes. And we used the martini glass photo, so that we didn't show favoritism to any one liquor store in town. I love all readers' suggestions - keep them coming! And I do my best to accommodate suggestions! Thanks!
Dan B. May 17, 2012 at 10:46 PM
I agree with JD Davis' comment above completely. I don't understand how so many people can just be so ready to attack everything to the point of exhaustion. If these negative suggestions were paired with compliments on other stories, that would be one thing - but some just have nothing better to do than spew whatever comes into their typing fingers. It would be so insensitive for Jennifer Lucarelli to call every family of the deceased up and say "Hi there, I know these are tough times for you, but what bit of clipart would you like me to use in my story about your relative's demise?" Like it or not, a cross gravestone is probably the MOST common image used for a death marker, and it makes perfect sense to have it as the graphic. I never would have even thought to attribute that picture to what the person believed in their life. I got the point. Obviously that aspect of common sense is lost on some. My suggestion/vote is to KEEP THE CROSS picture. Those are my two cents.
mrstws July 18, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Keep the cross picture! Jennifer does a lovely job in commemorating the lives of those who have passed on.


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