A memorial Mass for Mary E. Bergman will be Monday, October 5, 2015, at 10:30 AM at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bancroft. Inurnment will be in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery. Her family will greet friends from 9 AM Monday until time of service. Oakcrest Funeral Services of Bancroft in charge of arrangements.
Mary Ellen (Berte) Bergman passed away September 23, 2015 at Friendship Village Hospice Center, Tempe, Arizona, from complications following surgery. Mary was born November 22, 1946 at Estherville Iowa. She was the daughter of August and Eleanor (Kollasch) Berte and the oldest of 15 children. Mary was a 1966 graduate of St. John’s High School Bancroft, Iowa. Mary married Kenny Bergman, of Bancroft in January 17, 1985, in Mesa Arizona.
Mary loved to cook. In 1966 Mary received the Crisco Award for outstanding student in home economics. No crowd was ever too big for her to prepare food. She worked for Artcraft Printing Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Later Mary and Kenny followed the wheat runs. She drove the straight truck and Kenny the combine. Mary would prepare a feast for anyone stopping at their campsite. Mary and Kenny moved to Mesa, Arizona where Mary worked for Bergus Printing and cleaned for a Jewish Temple.
She loved her family especially her nieces and nephews. She loved fishing and she enjoyed returning to Iowa helping her family with fall harvest. Many stories are told by her family of her love for her dog Tuffy. He was her constant travel companion. One story in particular covers Mary and Tuffy’s visit to the Presentation and Franciscan Convents in Dubuque, Iowa and a blessing of Tuffy at the Basilica at Dyersville, Iowa.
Mary Ellen is survived by her siblings; Joan (Tom) Kellner of Livermore, Marita Cook of Thompson, Phil (Patty) Berte of Bancroft, Debra (Allen) Kahler of Ceylon, MN, Linda (Keith) Meyer of Mesa, AZ., Diane (Brian) Munyer of Ledyard, Teresa (Steve) Mulligan of Bancroft, Ann Mulligan of Apache Junction, AZ, Ruth (Bob) Nemmers of Swea City, Carl (Jennifer) Berte of Swea City, Steve (Mary Kay) Berte of Lakota, and Dan (Pam) Berte of Lakota. She is also survived by sisters-in-law; Mary Berte, Delta Berte, Donna Derner, Meredith McCleish, and Nancy Bergman; and many nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her daughter Anita Frank; husband, Kenny Bergman; her parents August and Eleanor Berte; and two brothers, Arnie and Edward Berte. Also preceding Mary Ellen were brothers-in-law Michael Cook, Art White, Emett Dean Bergman, Larry Bergman, Leland Derner, Denny McCleish and a niece Emily Suzanne Berte.
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