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Mary Bergman

October 26, 1912 - August 15, 2011


5-7:00 PM, Monday, August 22, Boulger Funeral Home. Fargo

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Mary Bergman

October 26, 1912 - August 15, 2011


Mary Madlyn Moe Bergman, 98, was born October 26, 1912, at Monango, North Dakota to Arthur C. Moe and Vivian A. (Wyckoff) Moe. (When asked for her birthdate she would say, “The year the Titanic sank.”  She would also say to emphasize her age, “I knew someone in Monango who was a Colonel in the Civil War!”)  She went through the 8th grade at Monango and moved to Fargo where she graduated from Fargo Central in 1930.  While in high school, she played in her cousin’s band as the piano player at dances in the Manchester Building.  She went to Ellendale Normal and obtained her two year teaching certificate.  She taught at Berlin, ND, Gardner, ND and the Berlin township country school west of Argusville.  

 She married Harry Bergman and they raised their family on the farm west of Argusville. She stayed busy growing big gardens, participating in Homemakers Club, Altar Society and American Legion Auxiliary.  She loved to attend all the ballgames her kids played.  When Harry was in the state legislature, she would gather other women and teach them to make stoles and handbags.  When in Arizona, she would teach others how to make Kachina Dolls.  Her piano playing continued on throughout her lifetime.  While spending her winters at Ahwatukee in Arizona, she and her neighbor, Frank Hummel, would have concerts entertaining all who gathered to listen.  She and Harry traveled to Norway, Sweden, Hawaii and from 1980 spent winters in their home in Ahwatukee.  She and her daughters went on a trip to England on the QE2, and trips to Australia, New Zealand and Ireland.  Her last cruise was to Alaska five years ago with Kathy Jo, Yuki Kawaguchi and Marsha.  She ALWAYS had a camera with her so she had numerous photo albums.  She also would clip items and had many, many scrap books. They entertained everyone who looked at them.  She spent her later years driving back in the summers with Marsha to her Minnesota home on Lake Sallie.  She and her two aunts bought the cottage in 1936.  She loved playing cards and other games.  

 She developed macular degeneration over the past few years but that didn’t stop her from playing Hand and Foot. She’d give the proverbial wave of the hand when she won! Her mind, strong voice and quick wit never left her.  She was loved by all her friends in Arizona, California, Fargo and Argusville.  

 She is survived by her children, Marsha of Daly City, Ca; Mary Jo of Detroit Lakes, Mn; Jane Guy (Jim) of Amenia and Bob (Susan) of West Fargo; six grandchildren, Bill and Brian Pflipsen, Cari and TJ Guy, Rob and Tony Bergman; a sister-in-law, Marjorie Bergman of Fargo; several nieces and nephews; cousins Kate Christensen and Jo Weigand.  She was preceded in death by her husband, grandson, Bob Pflipsen and brother, James “Bud” Moe.  The family wants to thank Dr. Julie Larson and her Nurse, Jodie, for her care over the past few years and the staff at Oak Crossing the past month.  Many thanks to her AZ friends, Mickey and Del Deleplancque, Frank and Cora Hummel, and Dan and Sally Hannon for all their help and friendship.

 In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be given in her memory to charity of choice.


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  1. Kathy Jo says:

    I am so sad to be making an entry in this, Mary’s last guestbook. Mary was very special and I feel blessed to have known her. I have so many wonderful memories: the times we spent playing cards my visits to Argusville, Lake Sallie, Ahwatukee, and Daly City having popovers at the Cliff House and our cruise to Alaska and trips to Madera Canyon. It was always a joy to be with Mary. Marsha, Mary Jo, Janie and Bob, I will miss your mom.

  2. Yvonne & Gene Kroll says:

    Dickinson ND
    To our friend, Mary Jo and Family, We were saddened to hear of Mary’s death. She has been such a force in the Bergman family. Mary was blessed with a long life and I know she enjoyed the many years she spent with friends and familiy doing the things she loved. We join you in spirit in celebrating Mary’s life on the 30th.

  3. Yuki Kawaguchi says:

    San Leandro CAMy condolences to Marsha, Mary Jo, Janie and Bob.

    Mary was a beautiful person who left us with so many beautiful memories.

    With my Deepest Sympathy,


  4. Kenneth o GunBritt Engstrom says:

    VARBERG SwedenEn sista hälsning, vila i frid.
    Kenneth o GunBritt and Kids

  5. Mike and Jean Moe says:

    Grand Forks ND
    It is with great sadness we say good-by to our Aunt Sis. It is akin to saying good-by to our Dad all over again. I am happy for all the years we have had with Sis and that because of her we have our cousins Bergman.

    Please accept our deepest sympathy, prayers and love.

    Mike and Jean Moe

  6. Judie & Alan Jason says:

    San Francisco ca

    We send our condolences to you at this sad time.
    She will be missed, there will be no more from the floor up parties.

  7. Whitney says:

    GaBergman family, I am so sorry to know you are experincing the loss of a loved one. I hope you all receive much support and comfort at this time. Please remember God’s wonderful promise to reunite us with our loved ones again (John 5:28,29).

  8. Stephen Boisvert says:

    Hopkinton New HampshireIm very sorry to hear of your loss, i found John 5:28 very comforting when i lost my mother, the scripture there speaks of a time when we will see our loved ones again.

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