Margarita endured many hardships during her childhood: losing her mother at a young age, losing her father at 16, suffering through famine and war. She married Jacob Bergen in Frunze, Russia, where they welcomed 5 children. The family immigrated to Canada in 1974, settling in Abbotsford, B.C. Here, Margarita and Jacob were baptized at King Road MB Church and welcomed their youngest son. Margarita enjoyed music, playing the guitar, accordion, and harmonica.