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Anne Olsavick Berger, beloved matriarch of the Berger family, passed late last year surrounded by love and family following a valiant battle with ovarian cancer. She was 77.

A Midwestern gal at heart, Anne was born in the small steel town of Monessen, Pennsylvania, reared with a concern for community and Catholic values. Raised above her parents' neighborhood grocery store, she nurtured an interest for small business and enjoyed a childhood in the hustle and bustle of a post-war immigrant town.

As a longtime resident of the South Bay, Anne developed strong ties to her community as a mom, grandmother, civic advocate, and local businessperson. At 45, she took over ownership of Marty's BMW, a local motorcycle dealership in Torrance; she grew the business from flop to flourish and Marty's became BMW's top motorcycle dealership in the US for several years. Anne ran "the shop" for nearly two decades, tapping into her natural business acumen and creating a comfortable home-away-from-home environment for her loyal customers. She rose to the occasion as a born salesperson, recognizing her love of people and their stories, her true calling.

Anne was also a proud Neices girl, blessed with the lifelong friendships and fond memories that came with grueling 80s morning workouts at the Neices studio. She cared deeply about her family and friends and was always counted upon for her wisdom, which was limitless in matters big or small.

Anne is survived by her sons Mitchell Berger and David Berger, daughter-in-law Victoria Ochoa-Berger, granddaughter Sarah McLay-Berger, brother Bernard Olsavick, brother-in-law Victor Ezerski, sister Helen Ezerski, sister-in-law Lauree Berger, and her many adored friends throughout the community.

She is reunited in heaven with her true love, her beloved husband Addison Woolley. She leaves behind a legacy filled with love and kindness and will forever be felt on Hermosa's greenbelt, at her favorite local boutiques, and amongst the beautiful gardens and flowers of the beach cities.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations in Anne's memory may be made to the Union Rescue Mission.
Published in The Beach Reporter on Jan. 9, 2018
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