New Mexico mourns loss of “Crazy Lobo Lady”

New Mexico mourns loss of “Crazy Lobo Lady”

Isabel Gonzalez

New Mexico is mourning the loss of one of its most passionate and popular fans. Susan Berg, better known as Crazy Lobo Lady, passed away this week. Berg had been battling cancer.

When the difficult news came out on Thursday morning, Lobo nation began showing love and support through social media.

“Lobo Basketball is saddened to learn of the passing of one of our biggest fans, Susan Berg. “Crazy Lobo Lady” taught us about strength, resolve and love, and she will remain with us for a long time,” said a tweet from the official UNM men’s basketball Twitter account. “Our prayers go out to her family at this difficult time.”

Berg had surgery in May and had returned home to recover. Last year, New Mexico fans began donating to a GoFund Me page to help raise money for her treatment, which had to be put on hold for a while due to hepatitis from the medicine she was taking.

The Crazy Lobo Lady accidentally gave herself the nickname when she used it for a Twitter username based on a t-shirt she found online. She was known for the baked goods she brought to tailgates (her previous nickname was Crazy Cookie Lady) but also for how passionate she was about supporting her team.

“What a day! I was in MY Disneyland! I had never been back there!” she wrote in December when she spent the day with the Lobo men’s basketball team and got a behind-the-scenes tour.

Berg, her husband and their group of friends frequently traveled for road games to support their favorite team while also getting to visit new places. The Lobos, she said, were more than just a basketball team for her. They meant spending time with her favorite people and going on adventures. It gave her something to look forward to, especially during difficult times.

When the cherry and silver fan found out she was sick, the first thing that came to her mind was that she wanted to see at least one more college basketball season and make one more trip to Las Vegas for the Mountain West Tournament. She made it, and proudly waved her UNM flag.

Full feature on Susan Berg: Crazy Lobo Lady

In May, the Lobo community also lost Jordon Vaughan, a 21-year-old New Mexico fan who fought Neurofibromatosis II for 16 years.