August 25, 1924 ~ August 9, 2015
Mildred Bergener, 90, shuffled off this mortal coil on Sunday, Aug. 9, after a fierce two-year battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born Aug. 25, 1924, in Cleveland, Ohio, to John and Anna Paryzek Matejka, and graduated from St. Procop’s Elementary and High Schools there. In 1945 she met Owen P. Bergener, a native of Logan, Utah, when one of her cousins introduced them after he and Owen were released from the Army at the end of World War II. It was love at first sight, and Millie and Owen were married that November. They lived in Cleveland until after the birth of their first child, and then moved across the country to Burns, Oregon, where their second child was born. After moving back to Ohio in 1953, two more children arrived. The family stayed there until Millie’s dad passed away in 1966 and then moved to Owen’s “neck of the woods,” living in Tremonton and then in Garland for many years, where one more son was born in 1972. Owen passed away in 1974 and Millie devoted herself to raising two teenagers and a toddler by herself, the two older children having already married by this time. Mildred moved to Brigham City in 2013 to be closer to her two daughters and was a resident at Country Lane Assisted Living at the time of her death. She was a lifelong Catholic and proud of it. Her faith sustained her in every facet of her life.
She is survived by all five of her children: David (Sue), Boise; Anne (Ken) Paul, Willard; Robert, Ogden; Jean (Ernie) Reed, Brigham City; and John (Audrey Park), San Francisco. She is also survived by three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.
Special thanks to the staffs of Country Lane Assisted Living and AFI Advanced Care and Hospice for their tender care of our mom.
Cremation entrusted to Gillies Funeral Chapel, with private family services held.
To quote poet Strickland Gillilan from his poem “Richer Than Gold”:
You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be –
I had a mother who read to me.
Thanks, Mom, and enjoy the reunion!
Sorry about the passing of your mother. She was a sweet lady. Glad I saw her on Sunday and sorry Father Reuse was not in town at that time.
Love in Jesus,
My thoughts and prayers go out to David,Annie,Robert,Jean and John. Losing a mother is the hardest to endure. May God bless you and help you through this difficult time
Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
Debbie and Eric Bernkopf
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