Erin Alane Berg and Mazey June Berg

Celebration of life services for Erin Alane Berg, 36, and her daughter, Mazey June Berg, 3 will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 19, 2017 at First United Methodist Church – West Campus, 867 US-40, Lawrence. Visitation begins at 1 p.m. at the same location. They passed away Sunday, August 13, 2017 in Lawrence the result of a senseless act of domestic violence.

Erin was born July 13, 1981 in Dubuque, IA and her precious daughter Mazey was born April 29, 2014 in Lawrence, KS.

Erin worked for Kizer Cummings Jewelers for 18 years. She was a certified Gemologist. Her last 4 years were spent as a glass artist.

Survivors include her father Chuck Berg and wife Mary of Omaha, Nebraska, mother Kim Thomason and (Dad) Harry Thomason of Topeka, Kansas, brother Adam Berg of Omaha, Nebraska, sister Heather Ruhter (Bryan) of Ashland, Nebraska, their daughters Emily Menzel and Megan Ruhter and brother Jeremy Thomason (Nicole) and their sons Justin and Jacob Thomason, and her perfect love Merritt Henggler, Maryville Missouri. Also surviving are numerous relatives. Erin was preceded in death by her grandparents, John and Jean Ross, Imogene Thomason Tally, and William and Barbara Berg.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in their names to The Willow Domestic Violence Center of Lawrence, Kansas or the Lawrence Humane Society and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

43 Condolences

  1. Meta McInroy on August 16, 2017 at 5:21 am

    I’m so sorry and praying for the Berg family. Erin was such a sweet girl. I enjoyed watching her cheer at LFSH as she was always so upbeat and happy.

  2. Teresa F Cone on August 16, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    My heartfelt condolences to Kim and her family at this incredibly sad time. There are no words that I know to share to comfort except please know that you are thought of and held up in prayer.

  3. Deb Drummet on August 16, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Kim, Harry, Chuck, Mary, and everyone who loved Erin and Mazey: My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I knew Erin and loved her bubbly personality! That they died in such a senseless manner is heartbreaking. Peace to your families. Deb Drummet

  4. Jana Wiley on August 16, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    My heart is aching for your family! Holding you all so very tightly in our thoughts and prayers!

  5. Rory and Bob Merritt on August 16, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Our love and deepest sympathy as you remember Erin and Mazey.
    Rory and Bob.
    “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18.

  6. Dennis and Alyson Wingert on August 16, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Sincere condolences to Erin’s family . So desperately sorry for the loss of sweet Erin and her precious baby girl.
    ” Lord , wrap your arms around this family and comfort them “.
    With deepest Sympathy,
    Dennis and Alyson .

  7. Duane and Leann Dickson on August 16, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Kim, Harry and ,Adam : Erin was such a beautiful person and always made everyone feel special!! Her smile always lit up the room!! Heaven has gained 2 shining stars. Love and prayers! Duane,Leann Dickson and girls.

  8. Lisa on August 16, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    My heart goes out to you Erin and your Little Mazey as well as your family. Such a senseless tradgey to have happened. May the Lord bless you and keep you……. Firebird for life….

  9. Heather Nunley on August 16, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    I’m so very sorry for this loss. There is no understanding or comprehension of this terrible sadness. My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of such beautiful souls. Thoughts and prayers to you!!!

  10. Eileen Larson and John Naramore on August 16, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    We have felt so blessed to have known Erin. Her spirit, and Mazey’s, will be with us for a long time. Her smile will continue to bring light to our world. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who knew and loved Erin and her beloved Mazey.

  11. Angela on August 16, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    I only knew of Erin through Kizer Cummings during my first marriage. It was a long time ago but I won’t forget how kind and personable she was. She made me feel recognized and special. May you always cling to these wonderful memories. I am so very sad for your family and this great loss you have suffered.

  12. Donna Johnson on August 16, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    To Erin & Mazey’s family,

    The world lost 2 amazing, loving souls on Sunday. Fortunately, the universe was blessed with bright shining stars and beauty of Erin & Mazey.

    I am so sorry for your loss/the world’s loss. What an amazing person, Erin, always making everyone feel special, that laugh, that sparkle in her eyes , the contagious smile. In their short lives, Erin and Mazey brought so much love & joy to so many. I know I will never forget Erin or the love she had for her beautiful baby girl.

    Erin & Mazey are at peace now. Please, be kind to yourself, allow time to heal and know family and friends are there, desperately needing to do something, anything to help/share your loss.

  13. Martha Miller on August 16, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    To the Berg and Thomason families,
    We were all so fortunate that Erin came to be. She was loyal to her family and friends, kind-hearted, sweet, gregarious, and had the ability to turn a frown upside down.
    The love of her life, Miss Mazey June, lit up our lives as well. It was an honor and pleasure to know and love Erin and Mazey.
    God bless each one of you during this difficult time. May God keep you in the Palm of His Hand.

  14. Nancy Whisler on August 17, 2017 at 7:06 am

    I am so sorry to hear of your and your family’s loss. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  15. Jessica Williams (Capital City Bank) on August 17, 2017 at 9:23 am

    To Mrs. Kim and family, I’m praying for God’s strength and comfort.

  16. The Workman Girls on August 17, 2017 at 11:09 am

    We knew Erin in our younger years as kids and whether we met because her dog Sarah was scaling the fence into our backyard or because she was just saying “Hi” she always had the biggest smile on her face. She had such a BIG heart!

    “When you lose someone you love, you gain an angel you know.”

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    -Nancy, Madison, Megan

  17. Miles Schnaer on August 17, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Harry and Kim, and Family-
    Paula and I are sickened at the tremendous lose that you are having to deal with!!
    Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you all! We dealt with Erin at the jewelry store a lot and felt very comfortable with her and her knowledge of the business!! Knowing you both we felt as though she was just another one of our daughters that we loved and cherished!
    our best,
    Miles and Paula and Family

  18. Dawn Barnes on August 17, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    I did not know you, but my heart is broken for you. May your slumber be peaceful and may your walk with our Lord be beautiful. God bless!

  19. Jeannette Bonjour on August 17, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    I am so desperately sorry for your tragic loss. Please know that you are all in my thoughts.

  20. Donna on August 17, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Heather and family,
    My heart is heavy with the senseless loss of your beautiful Erin and Mazey. There are no words to express the shock and sadness. Heather to your family and you I am so very sorry. I pray for your whole family and thinking Nd praying for you.

  21. Ryan & Freda McPhail on August 17, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    We are saddened by the devastating loss of Erin and Mazey. Two beautiful ladies who left a tremendous mark on this world and will be forever missed by everyone who had the pleasure of gaining their acquaintance. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  22. Darla on August 17, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    My condolences…

  23. Diane Pruitt on August 17, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Kim, I love you.

  24. Geri on August 17, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    To the family and friends of Erin and Mazey. I also knew Erin thru Kizer Cummings. God received 2 angels into his kingdom!. Erin was such a joy, she did make everyone she met feel special. You will probably never know how many peoples lives she touched. Please know prayers are coming your way. They will live in our hearts forever!. Thank you for sharing your specials angels with us!.

  25. Keith & Gary on August 18, 2017 at 9:51 am

    It was our good fortune to have known you in this world. You remain in our hearts. Our deepest condolences to your family.

  26. Colene DeHoff-Botts on August 18, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I got acquainted with Erin many years ago at Kaiser-Cummings. She always met us with a smile and gave us her professional help. My late husband and she spent a lot of time talking about glass blowing, paper weights, etc. I vividly remember how excited we were when she told us she was having Mazey and then when we walked into the jewelry store and saw the baby’s picture for the first time. I stopped at the jewelry store today to offer my condolences to them because I know they have lost part of their family. I haven’t met Erin’s family, but I want each of them to know they are in my thoughts and prayers.

  27. Brandon and Sherri Whightsil on August 18, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    We are so very sorry. This is difficult to understand and as parents of two young girls we can’t imagine the pain and loss the family and close friends must be feeling. We knew Erin from Kizer Cummings. She helped us with our wedding rings and other treasured jewelry over the last 10 years. She had a way of making us feel like family every time we walked through the door. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, hoping you can find peace in knowing how many lives she touched.

  28. Kristine Sheridan on August 18, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    To Erin and Mazey’s family and friends,
    I only know Erin through my contact with her when I had her make cremation pendants containing the ashes of one of my daughters. She went the extra mile to make it easy for me to pick them up and was such a perfectionist, she made two because she thought one had a teeny flaw. During the process, we talked on the phone and we began following each other on Instagram. Her love of Mazey and for her glass works was obvious, as was her compassion. I cannot begin to fathom this tragedy and only can offer my deepest sympathies and hope that you all find your own way to live with this grief and find comfort in your memories of them and in the love of all who share your love of them.

  29. Kelli Dunlap on August 18, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    To Erin’s Family: I send you my heartfelt condolences. I am truly heartbroken over Erin’s and Mazey’s deaths. I cannot imagine what you are going through! Erin was truly someone special. I’m sure Mazey was just as amazing and bright and joyful. Please know that I am praying of all of you!!

  30. KATHY BECHTEL on August 18, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Kim, Harry and Adam,
    We are truly and deeply saddened by your loss of Erin and Mazey. The loss of a child is heartbreaking, as we have unfortunately learned, and your loss is unfathomable. Our hearts ache for you and your family. We pray that you find the strength to get through each day, and one day, looking back on memories made will help comfort you.
    Your old neighbors,
    Kathy and Tom Bechtel

  31. Kathy Neumeister on August 18, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Chuck, Mary & Adam – We are so very sorry to hear of your tragic loss of Erin and Mazey. Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt thoughts go out to you and your family. Please know that you are all in our prayers as you move through the difficult days ahead. Love, Kathy, Lexi & Ryan

  32. Desiree Stephenson on August 18, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    To Erin’s family & friends. I am so sorry for Erin’s departure from this earth and for the horrific event. My sincere deepest sympathy. There are no words to express my sadness. You are all in my thoughts & prayers. Love, Desirée

  33. Carol on August 18, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Im so sorry.

  34. Pat Hays on August 18, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    God bless the family of these two beautiful souls. We are thinking of you, Kim, & praying for you. ❤️
    Frank & Patty Hays

  35. Cindy Denton on August 18, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    I am so lucky to have known Erin. What joy she spread wherever she went. She would want us all to celebrate her live and be kind to each other.

  36. Debrina & Ryvre Most on August 18, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    To the Berg & Thomason families,

    I am so sorry for your loss. The blessings that Erin & Mazey June left on this earth with those they knew are many. They both were always smiling and full of joy. Erin was full of a light in her soul that was full of compassion, kindness, empathy, love, kindness and loyalty. She was a wonderful momma to Mazey. Her acceptance of other children even when they had special needs was incredible. She was truly remarkable. My grandson that I adopted & myself will always keep Erin & Mazey’s memory in our hearts. We are grateful that we knew them. Prayers for your families for comfort, love and peace.

    Sending Love,
    Debrina & Ryvre Most

  37. Barbara and Gary Petersen on August 19, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Our heartfelt condolences and prayers to Erin’s family today. We will always remember Erin bouncing around our house with our daughter Michelle and their other friends. Bless you all and peace be with you.

    Barbara and Gary Petersen

  38. D. Harris on August 19, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Dear Family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear loved ones and send you my sincere condolences. May you find comfort from God’s word at Revelation 21:3,4 and John 5:28,29. Heartfelt prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  39. Dave & Karen Koppes on August 19, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    To the Berg and Thomason families,
    We went through photos remembering Erin when she was a cute little girl and so full of energy as a toddler in Dubuque. She grew up to be a beautiful woman with a darling little daughter of her own. We cannot comprehend the great sorrow you are going through but we send our deepest sympathy to your families for your unimaginable loss. May the good Lord help you in this difficult time.

    Dave & Karen Koppes

  40. Bob and Janice Miller on August 19, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Bob and Jan Miller (Dubuque):
    To Chuck and all family,
    We only knew Erin through Grandpa Bill talking about her. The video helped us see what a wonderful, loving person she was. She was blessed to have little Mazey, even if it was for only a short time. We remember how happy Bill was to announce:”We have a Mazey in the family”. Our prayers are with you. Peace.

  41. Ruth on August 23, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    I don’t know anyone involved in this horrendous act of senseless domestic violence! I’m all about spreading Gods love & am writing to say how my heart breaks for you & your beloved Erin & Mazey. I would have loved to had known these 2 beautiful angels. So very sorry, my deepest sympathy & prayers of comfort for healing. Yes, 2 beautiful angels in heaven now. God bless you all.

  42. Karen Lyerla on August 25, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    As one of Erin’s teachers, I was so blessed to have her sophomore year at Lawrence High School. I truly looked forward to seeing Erin come into my Sixth hour every day with her her engaging smile, sparkly, blue eyes with a personality which lit up the entire classroom. She worked hard, and I knew her future was going to be bright and shining as she succeeded in setting and meeting her goals. When she went on to Free State High School, I so enjoyed seeing Erin in front of Kizer Cummings every Lawrence summer sale, catching up with her activities and life pursuits. Her joyous response to life intensified as she was thrilled to be pregnant, and I so anticipated hearing about her newest journey as a loving mother. As she moved into her passion making her Wild Plum Glass raising Mazey, I felt so fortunate to have had a small part in Erin’s life. I know Mazey and Erin’s special love will forever surround her family and friends.

  43. Lori Kruger on August 26, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Mere words cannot express the pain and sadness I feel. Though I did not have the pleasure of knowing Erin, I had met little Mazey. This is truly heart-breaking and never should have happened.

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