Mary V. Bergmann

Mary V. Bergmann, 90, of Tripoli, passed from this life as a result of a heart problem on Sunday, October 7, 2012, at the Waverly Health Center. 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 17, 2012, at St. Paul Lutheran Congregation in Tripoli with Rev.  Dr. Duane R. Lindberg officiating. Burial will be at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery- Siegel of rural Tripoli. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at Rettig Funeral Home in Tripoli and for one hour preceding services at the church on Wednesday. The family suggests that friends may, if they wish, make memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

Mary (Viola) Bergmann, daughter of Rocco and Mary Bouton, was born May 22, 1922, in Cokeburg, Pennsylvania.  She was baptized in 1932 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, also in Cokeburg.  She was confirmed in Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.    Mary attended school in Lebanon, PA, but received her high school diploma from Hawkeye Institute of Technology in Waterloo, Iowa, in 1973.

On June 20, 1943, Mary was united in marriage with Lyle Bergmann at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Siegel, in Bremer County.  The couple farmed in Bremer County for 20 years, then moved to Oelwein, where Lyle was employed by Super Crost Seed Corn Company as a District Sales Manager.  In 1978, the family moved back to Tripoli for retirement.  Mary was a housewife and mother, and survived Lyle, who passed away in 1991.  Mary also served faithfully in Women of Life at St. Paul’s Lutheran for many years. 

In March of 2008, Mary became a resident of Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community, Waverly, Iowa, where she celebrated her 90th birthday.  Although confronted by dementia, she could most often be found enjoying one of the many activities in which she participated.  She enjoyed singing and joined the Bartel’s Chapel Choir, praising God through music. 

Mary is survived by five children:  Sandra Bielfield of Miami, FL; Linda Bergmann of Reston, VA; Ronald Bergmann of Torrance, CA; Rebecca Westcott of Millington, TN; and Robert Bergmann of New Bedford, MA.  One child, Richard Bergmann, pre-deceased her in 1989.  She is also survived by one sister: Florence Lerum of Ft. Myers, FL; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Her brother, Sam Bouton, also pre-deceased her.


Sheryl & Dick/Richard Gosse & family on October 14, 2012 at 8:58 PM said:

Ron, Becky & Bobby & rest of family: Your mom is now at peace and home w/her family. Another angel was needed in heaven. Treasure these memories you each share/continue w/the family traditions. You all are spread apart,keep in touch always w/family and friends. Its always good to hear from you and we remember the good times we enjoyed sharing w/your family when you lived in Oelwein.
Colletta Harnisch on October 11, 2012 at 12:19 PM said:

My mom, Marina, use to help care for Mary before my mom passed in 2010. My sympathy goes to the family! I know Mary is up there with an amazing angel! I know mom is showing her all around and will be there to guide Mary! RIP Mary! We will never forget you! Damian still has the little puppy you gave him, he still calls it his "Mary puppy" And you will always be known as Grandma Mary to my kiddos! RIP Sweet Lady! You are missed!!!!!!
Laura Jones on October 9, 2012 at 5:06 PM said:

Grandma you will be missed greatly!
Love your granddaughter and great grandson,
Laura and Joshua
Robert Bergman on October 8, 2012 at 2:21 PM said:

God bless you and keep you mom you always did your best and was a wonderful mother.
Love Robert

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