William Daniel Joseph Bergen, ‘Bill’, passed away on October 31, 2019. He would have been 91 years old on the 25th November 2019. Bill was born on that date in 1928 to Elizabeth Weinbrecht and Daniel Bergen in the Hell’s Kitchen part of New York City. Losing his dad at a young age forced Bill as the oldest child to care for his mom and four siblings. At the age of 16, Bill went to work for Western Electric, the installation arm of Ma Bell, where he worked his way to installation Supervisor until he retired at age 55 after a 39year career with the company.
Bill volunteered to serve in the United States Army from January 1951 to December 1952 during the Korean War, traveling to bases in Germany and Italy. He was very proud to be a US Veteran and a member of the VFW Post 672 in Brewster. He married Frances Rosalie Cerniglia on October 15, 1955 in Scranton, Pennsylvania and enjoyed almost 29 years of marriage until her death in early 1984. Bill and Fran were residents of Brewster, New York and members of St. Lawrence O’Toole Catholic Church. Following her death, Bill spent his retirement in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and then to West Palm Beach and Sebring, Florida where he enjoyed his favorite pastime, playing golf, and was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. In Florida, he rekindled an old friendship and met the second love of his life, Ann Davis, his partner in life until his death. Although he was a Florida resident, he never lost his New York roots as he was an avid Yankees and Giants fan.
Bill’s greatest joy was his family – Ann, his two daughters, Linda and Diane; his sons-in-law, Thomas and Ken; his grandchildren, Sean, Jamie and Kevin; Sean’s wife, Nicola; his two great grandchildren, Mia and Archer; and Ann’s son Matt and daughter-in-law Ruthe. He will always be so deeply missed by all of them. One of the best memories of him will always be the celebration of his 90th birthday at Disney World in October of 2018.
Bill was pre-deceased by his sister Theresa and his brothers Daniel and Joseph and is survived by his brother George and wife Evelyn, sister-in-law Margaret, brother-in-law Frank Cerniglia and wife Angie, and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, November 8, 2019 10:00am at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church, Brewster, NY. Internment will follow at St. Lawrence O’Toole Cemetery, Brewster, NY. Friends may call at the Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Avenue, Brewster, NY on Thursday from 5pm to 8pm.
In Lieu of flowers, Bill’s family has asked that you consider making a donation in his memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105
“Therefore you have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.” John 16:22