Peter Berzin

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Peter Berzin, of Brookfield, Wisconsin, passed away August 3, 2014 at the age of 51 at the Froedtert Hospital due to a heart attack. He was born in Seattle, Washington. He was the beloved husband of Sandra Berzin. Peter was the loving father of twin sons, Rolands and Oskars. He was preceded by his father Juris Berzin. Peter is survived by his mother Mara Berzin, sister Anita and brothers Martin and Paul.
A Memorial Gathering will be held on Thursday, August 7 at 4:00pm with a Memorial Service at 5:00pm at the Heritage Funeral Home, 16880 W National Ave, New Berlin, WI 53151.
If so desired, in lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations made to the Milwaukee Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Latvian Cultural Summer Camp “Garezers” or to his children’s education fund.

Pēteris Bērziņš aizgāja mūžībā 2014.gada 3.augustā 51 gada vecumā, nepārciešot sirdstrieku. Pēteris ir dzimis Sietlā, Vašingtonas štatā. Viņš bija mīļotais vīrs sievai Sandrai un gādīgs tēvs dvīņu dēliem Rolandam un Oskaram. Pētera tēvs Juris Bērziņš ir mūžībā. Paliek māte Māra Bērziņa, māsa Anita un brāļi Mārtiņš un Pauls.
Piemiņas brīdis notiks ceturtdien, 7. augustā 4:00 pēcpusdienā ar sēru dievkalpojumu 5:00 Heritage Funeral Home, 16880 W National Ave, New Berlin, WI 53151.
Ziedu vietā ar pateicību tiks pieņemti ziedojumi Milvoku Latviešu Ev. Lut. baznīcai vai Garezeram vai Pētera bērnu izglītības fondam.

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Ivars Bezdechi

Lit a candle in memory of Peter Berzin


Our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Peter always greeted me with a smile, always. We shared some great times, one’s I’ll never forget. He was my friend.

Gundars Berzins

Linda Kalna

Mes ar viru bijam pagodinati, ka Peteris un Sandra bija vedeji musu kazas, un, gadiem ejot un berniem ienakot musu gimene, vienmer bijam priecigi uz viniem raudzities ka uz lielisku piemeru stipras un stabilas gimenes veidošana un uzturešana.

Peteris man atmina paliks ka dzivespriecigs, zinatkars, interesants sarunu biedrs, kurš sava aiznemtiba atrada laiku uzturet kontaktu ar seniem draugiem. Ciemojoties pie mums San Jose, vinš mus iepazistinaja ar vienu no savam iecienitajam virtuvem – vjetnamiešu, kura kopš ta laika ir kluvusi mila ari musu gimene.

Peterim bija apbrinojama speja atri nodibinat kontaktu ar berniem. Vinš bija tas foršais, nedaudz delverigais onkulis, kurš berniem lauj darit lietas, ko vecaki ne vienmer atlauj – vai tas ir eksotisks piena kokteilis viengadniekam vai motorlaivas sturešana astongadniekam. Musu berni vinu mileja! Es varu tikai apmeram iedomaties Oskara un Rolanda prieku par to, ka vini ne tikai guva iespeju baudit tik daudzu zenu sapni – motosportu, bet ari to, ka vinu tetis taja ar visu sirdi un dveseli iesaistijas. Cik lieliski kopa pavadits laiks!

Loti žel, ka mes vairs nekad nevaresim baudit Petera sirsnibu un draudzibu, nedzirdesim vina ipašos smieklus, bet atminas par kopa pavadito laiku sildis vienmer.

Musu visdzilaka lidzjutiba Petera mammai, Sandrai, Rolandam, Oskaram, Martinam, Anitai, Paulam. Domas esam ar jums šaja skumjaja bridi.

Linda un Edgars Kalni

Maris Galins

Peteris was always a good friend and class mate. From Latvian school, to summer camp, through Kursa and the University of Washington … I had the pleasure of spending many hours with Peter. Peter always spoke highly of others, always putting a positive spin on all things – a character trait well worth trying to emulate.

I last saw Peter in Milwaukee last summer at the Latvian Song Festival, and his infectious smile and great laugh was just as I remembered – and will be a (happy) lasting memory.

How very sad to hear of Peter’s passing, how very fortunate I am (we all are) to have known him. My deepest sympathy to the Berzin family.

Peteri, you will be missed.

Maris Galins

Brendan O'Rourke

This is very sad news, my sympathies to the family. Peter was a great guy and great friend. I worked with Peter at Frito-Lay and for a number of years was his roommate for a while. Peter taught me to ski and we spend a significant time on Mt. Hood and other ski destinations. We competed in triathlons, runs and bike rides together. In between seasons we would camp, hunt and hike the greater Mt. St. Helens area. He was the kinda guy a person would just like to be around.
Brendan O’Rourke

Anita Berzin Mraz

Time is our most valuable possession. I believe Peter had a keen understanding of this gift of time given to him after his first heart attack. He used it to hold Sandra’s hand on evening walks and to quietly ski through the Kettle Moraine State forest together. He used it to take his boys on wild adventures motocross riding and on peaceful afternoons playing golf. He shared this precious time with so many of his kids friends for a boat ride on Garezers. He was the kind of neighbor you wanted to have, who always had a friendly word, who helped clear snow off the neighbor’s driveway before going to work; he was never too busy to offer help when needed in his community. I loved his booming, infectious laugh and admired him for being true to himself.

Peter was always “pratigais Peteris”, a true engineer. He was so intelligent. He found joy in the smallest details and enjoyed explaining highly technical concepts in great detail. Probably more than most people. Peter also appreciated the big picture, the peace and beauty of nature. The tug of a fishing line, the splash or water, fishing was a great illustration of how even the simplest things provided great joy for Peter.

As a family, we were together from the very beginning and we never would have imagined we would be together at the very end. We were blessed with the gift of enough time to be able to come together during Peter’s last hours so that he would not have to set out on his last journey alone.

He was a loving, caring brother and I will miss him greatly.

Anita (Peter’s younger sister)

Tina Foth

Peter was the true hero of our family. Like our Grandma Emma constantly tending to her garden, Peter was the gardener of our hearts. He kept the cousins connected through organizing get togethers & his phone calls to check in on us. Like Grandma Emma, he was generous with his love for his family. He linked the modern world to the past by teaching my family about Latvian ancestors, culture & tradition through his pictures, stories and invitations to Latvian events. We are extremely grateful to him for that. He had a wonderful, enormous smile…a great gift of conversation and did not pass judgement. You were drawn to his personality because of his zest for life! We enjoyed dinner parties held at the Berzin household. Peter, Sandra & the boys were very genuine, welcoming and warm. The food was always very delicious! Our hearts break for Sandra, Rolands & Oskars. Our beloved Peter was taken from us too soon. In the days ahead, we are thankful for all the wonderful ways Peter brightened so many lives by his contagious energy. We will be eternally grateful for his presence in our lives & he will be dearly missed. Grandma Emma’s garden in heaven has grown a new flower.
Our thoughts and prayers to the whole Berzin Family…love Mark, Tina, Olivia & Mason Foth

Agris Zarins

I am deeply saddened at hearing the news. I think back to Latvian camps (Mezotne, Kursa), and I cannot recall I time I did not know Peter, and was not glad for a wonderful friendship, that carried over many years. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Krisjanis Reynolds

Dear Berzini,

I just heard about Peter’s passing, and I want to let you know that I am deeply sorry for your loss. I have good memories of Peter from Kursa and the years after college. I haven’t talked to Peter in many years but remember his kindness and work ethic. Although, he had a fun side too. I’ll never forget the time when Peter broke out his disco moves at one of the Kursa balites. Watch out Travolta!

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


Lisa kirk (lizite)

Peter, you were without a doubt the most thoughtful friend. I will carry memories of you and your kindness with me for the rest of my life. To the Berzin Family… My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Xoxo Lizite D Kirk

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