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Obituary: Melita V. Berzajs, Columbus

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Melita V. Berzajs, 89, of Columbus, died at 11:05 a.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Silver Oaks Health Campus.

Melita was a homemaker and a member of the Latvian Lutheran Church in Indianapolis.

She left her home in the country of Latvia in 1944, and came to Columbus from Würzburg, Germany in 1950.

Melita and her husband, Janis "Big John," raised three sons and were longtime residents of Grandview Lake.

She was an active partner in the Berzajs Masonry Business and was an avid gardener and founding member of the Grandview Garden Club.

She was skilled in crafts, especially her grapevine creations, and was known for the Latvian cakes she made for family, friends and church.

A private memorial service celebrating Melita's life will be conducted at Silver Oaks Health Campus with the Rev. Kirby Rupp officiating.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street.

Private inurnment will be at a later date at Garland Brook Mausoleum.

The family request that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or Latvian Lutheran Church, 801 West 73rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260.

Online condolences may be sent to the Berzajs family at

Melita was born in Liepaja, Latvia, January 25, 1925, the daughter of Karlis and Irma Linerts Ignas.

She married Janis "Big John" Berzajs, August 13, 1949.

Survivors include her sons, Haralds (Debra) Berzajs of Anaheim, CA, and Ronalds Berzajs of Columbus; granddaughters, Erin (Joel) Stubbs of Long Beach, CA, and Natalie Berzajs (Ishmael Salleh) of Anaheim Hills, CA; and great-granddaughters, Evalynn Stubbs and Vivian Stubbs.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on January 10, 2002; a sister, Viola Miezitis; and a son, Leons Berzajs, on June 25, 2013.

Melita's family would like to express heartfelt thanks to the staff at Silver Oaks Health Campus and Our Hospice of South Central Indiana for providing loving care to Melita during her illness.

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