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Margaret Maggie Neese

July 18, 2017


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Margaret  “{Maggie}” Neese {Bergin) died after a long, valiant effort against metastasized melanoma on 7/18/17 in Novato, CA at the age of 81.

Maggie is survived by her children Paula Neese of Novato, Tom (Laurie) Neese (Spokane, WA) and Mary Stompe (Brad) of Novato; siblings, Jim Bergin and Phil Bergin; Grandchildren Dylan Stompe of Novato and Brendon Neese (Edria) of Indonesia; great grandchildren Bryce and Elaina, her rescue dog Rocky and several nieces and nephews.  Maggie is preceded in death by husband Paul, her mother Virginia, father Bill and six siblings, Rita, Pat, Cathy, Ginger, Carroll, and Bill.

Maggie was born on February 17, 1936 in San Mateo, CA to Virginia and Bill Bergin. She graduated from Marin Catholic in 1953.  She attended Mt. Angel college in Oregon.  After raising her family, she returned to Dominican College where she received her Master’s Degree in Counseling.  Maggie had a variety of careers and retired after working as San Domenico School’s Guidance Counselor in 1985 where she positively impacted many young lives.

Maggie met and married Paul Neese in 1959 when she was working at the Marin Municipal Water District. Maggie loved traveling with Paul.  They went to Europe and took many cruises but Maggie’s favorite times were when the family went to the little cabin in Strawberry, near Lake Tahoe. Together they raised three children and were always very active in the lives of their children especially in 4-H.  They endured the many animals that came into their home.  Maggie was always drawn to the water.  They built a house in Bodega Bay after retirement.  After 14 years, they relocated to Petaluma and eventually Maggie moved to Novato after Paul’s death in 2002.  Maggie’s greatest joys were her family and friends and will always be remembered for her kindness, her infectious smile, her humor and her positive outlook on life.  Everyone that met her loved her.

Maggie was accomplished at painting, writing and poetry, loved gardening and was an avid reader.  She wrote The River Walk with daughter Mary several years ago.  She loved her friends in the Novato Garden Club and long-time friends from Marin Catholic High School.  She gave her heart and her love to anyone that she met. Maggie was selfless, always putting the needs of others before herself.  She often volunteered in the Community.

A memorial is scheduled for 8/18 at 1:00 PM at Garden Valley Ranch in Petaluma. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Maggie’s life. Donations in memory of Maggie (to purchase a picnic table at Bodega Bay in her memory) may be sent to Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation, 2300 County Center Dr., #120A, Santa Rosa, CA 95403; For more information, contact

The family would like to thank her friends and family that were with her during the last chapter of her life.