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Local woman, 99, fears sudden eviction

Bank representatives preparing a bid to clean up premises

STAFF WRITER

NEWBERRY SPRINGS • A 99-year old local woman is facing a bank eviction from property in Newberry Springs after the original owner died.

“They’re trying to throw me out on the street,” Bernice “Bea” Berglund said. “I’m too old to be pushed around.”

Berglund has lived in her trailer behind a house on the 33000 block of Newberry Road for about 30 years.

According to her caretaker, Dolly Linebaugh, the property owner Donna Paquin passed away over two years ago from brain cancer and left the property to her boyfriend, Danny Gonzales, and Berglund.

Because Paquin completed a reverse mortgage on the home, Bank of America now owns the property. In October the bank evicted Gonzales, although, according to Linebaugh, Berglund hasn’t been given a formal eviction notice.

However, Berglund received a written notice in October from an attorney stating she has the right of possession for the property at this time.

“They know she’s there and said she could stay until the end of November, but we haven’t heard anything from them since,” Linebaugh said.

When Linebaugh attempted to file a document with the Barstow courthouse, in order to set aside judgment on behalf of Berglund, she was told that she isn’t a party to the case.

“I went to the courthouse twice, trying to file something for her,” Linebaugh said.

On Monday, Berglund and her friends became worried of a sudden eviction after two bank representatives came to review the property and prepare to place a bid to clean it up.

According to Berglund’s neighbor, Joanne Gonzales, who is also living in a trailer on the premises, the two representatives said that Berglund would receive a three-day notice to vacate once a bid is accepted, which they expected to happen soon.

“She gets around but, very slowly,” Linebaugh said. “She’ll still go out and feed the dogs if she needs to though.”

Linebaugh said she comes two hours daily to help Berglund, who suffers from cataracts and is hard of hearing, with light cleaning and other small tasks, along with Gonzales.

Gonzales, in her 50’s, said she wants to move with Berglund to continue caring for her, but the two have little income or resources to move. Berglund, who owns three trailers and two wood sheds on the property, as well as six dogs and three cats, said she would like to take everything with her.

“She thought she was in a place where she could live out her days,” Linebaugh said. “She doesn’t want to leave anything behind because she said she worked hard for it.”

According to Linebaugh, Berglund “doesn’t ever throw anything away.” She said she will try to convince her to leave some of it behind.

A friend of Berglund’s, Lois Davidson, is worried she’s going to have a heart attack from the stress of it all.

“It’s just so upsetting seeing what they’re doing to her and putting pressure on her life like this,” Davidson said.

According to Gonzales, representatives from the California Department of Aging know about Berglund’s case and tried to assist in finding her a home with no success.

The parties involved are Reverse Mortgage Solutions Inc. with Bank of America. Messages left with three separate representatives at Bank of America have not been returned.

Contact the writer: bself@desertdispatch.com or (760)256-4123.


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