Born July 28, 1935, to Laura and Stanley Cook, in Raymond, Alberta Canada. The third of four children, her mother passed away when she was six years old. Stanley Cook later remarried and added two brothers and one sister.
Berna’s teenage years were filled with strife, but she always knew she was a daughter of God.
In her early twenties Berna moved to Calgary and lived in a boarding house. It was at this point Berna determined to serve an LDS mission to the Northern States.
While at the boarding house Berna met Syger Tammo Hasenberg. After both served missions they were sealed in the Calgary Alberta temple.
Berna and Syger adopted Carolynn in 1961 and were called to an LDS Building Mission in Holland the next year. When that mission concluded Berna and Syger applied for another mission. While living in London, England the twins – Nancy and Shawn - joined the family.
Returning to SLC in 1966, Marc was adopted the following year. They built a custom home inGranger, where they stayed. Berna began a sewing business called B&K Drapery, with her best friend and neighbor Kay Powers. They worked for high-end interior designers for many years. Berna was a very talented seamstress. There was never a family party that was not fully decorated!
The ultimate homemaker, Berna felt home and family was most important. Her family was blessed with a lovely, orderly home that welcomed many, many ‘adopted’ family members over the years. Berna was known for her organizational skills, good cooking and kindness. She served in many capacities in the LDS Church. An avid reader, one would often find her reading the scriptures or a good book, many of which she was still listening to on CDs until her final days.
People often described Berna as, “Classy, with great taste”” and “faithful”. She was instrumental in the lives of many who were welcomed into her house and life as she often mothered others in addition to her own children. Having more people in her life enriched Berna as well, bringing these beloved friends full circle.
In 1998, Berna and Syger went their separate ways. Berna continued to travel, socialize and run her business, while enjoying her growing family of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who were the lights of her life.
In her later years Berna moved to Harmony Hills Assisted Living where she continued to positively influence others. The family shares their deep gratitude with Harmony Hills Staff for their excellent care and loving service.
Until we meet again, Mom……