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Henry Bergen

Henry Bergen

Thursday, April 23rd, 1931 - Saturday, February 20th, 2021
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Obituary

Henry Bergen, husband of Bettie, Dad to Braam and Myra, and Anna and Trevor, Opa to Penelope, Sebastian, Drew and Alex, passed away peacefully on Saturday February 20, 2021 after a wonderful 89 years as a good and faithful servant of his Heavenly Father. He, along with his mother, Susanna, sister Katie (Viktor), and brothers Pete and John (Shirley), all came to Canada in 1947. Sadly baby Lena and his father, Abram, died in Gnadenthal before, and as a result of, the war.

Henry dreamed of Africa from a young age. He pursued a life in Education and set off for Malawi, where he met the light of his life, his beautiful bride, Bettie. His life as a teacher spanned many years teaching in Canada, Malawi, Botswana, and China. He spearheaded a vocational school for people who were marginalized due to blindness, taught teenagers how to work through a Shakespeare passage, empowered others to pursue studies, taught English formally and informally, with kindness, a positive outlook, and humour. He had a deep faith in God, exemplified independent thinking and was not afraid to show evolutionists a different viewpoint, scientists the value in faith and the power of his God.
He never stopped learning, and in the last many years he enjoyed pursuing his creative side, turning wood, debunking Einstein (almost), cycling 1000km in 28 days (at the age of 87 and on a recycled bike to raise funds in support of Mully Children's Family), volunteering, writing his life stories and staying young by spending time with the grandkids - mostly in a swimming pool! Despite working tirelessly to have his second book be stocking stuffers for the kids this past Christmas, production took longer than expected - watch for it on a shelf near you.

He lives on in our hearts and memories. He went with God and suffered not.

The Memorial service will be Livestreamed Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 25th, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    When
    Thursday, February 25th, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Location
    Friends Funeral Service
    Address
    2146 Main Street
    WINNIPEG, MB R2V 3S5
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday, February 25th, 2021 | 2:00pm
    When
    Thursday, February 25th, 2021 2:00pm
    Location
    Friends Funeral Service
    Address
    2146 Main Street
    WINNIPEG, MB R2V 3S5
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Private Family service/
    the service will be Livestreamed
    Officiant
    Pastor Victor Neufeld

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Marilyn Lennox

Posted at 01:21pm
Uncle Henry was a funny man. He liked to joke and make people laugh. Condolences to Aunt Betty, Anna and Brahm and family. Marilyn Lennox
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Hilda

Posted at 10:17pm
The world has lost a wonderful story teller. We will always remember his wit, humour and stories. Uncle Henry had a wonderful sense of adventure and refused to be old. It was always a joyful time to visit with Uncle Henry and Aunt Bettie. We’re so glad we could be together in summer; bringing the best watermelon for the family gathering, along with a watermelon story or two.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Aunt Bettie. May God put His arms of comfort around you during this difficult time.

Frances Maddalozzo

Posted at 03:49pm
Our sincerest condolences Bettie, Anna, Braam and Myra and family. Thank you for sharingy the live stream with us and making it accessible to join you in honouring your beloved husband, father and grandfather. Anna your eulougy captured your father's essence and passion in life, a life lived with mission and purpose. Braam your litany of gratitude of all your father's lessons and acts of service in renovating is a labor of love. One day as parents I am sure we will have that opportunity to recriprocated that in helping our children renovate their many properties. Myra, your beautiful song honoured your father-in-law from the heavens. I am sure he is celebrating with our Lola Mary and Lolo Mike and all our loved ones and all the departed. Bettie I will always remember meeting both of you at the Berrub's wedding and the vibrant and passionate educator your husband was. Our prayers are with you and all the family.
With much love, Frances, Matt and Maddalozzo Family
Vancouver, British Columbia
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Helene Warkentin

Posted at 03:39pm
Dear Bergen family, my sincerest condolences go to you all. Henry was my mother's cousin. I met him several times at family gatherings and at the Mennonite Archives, where he shared interesting historical information. May your memories of him comfort you at this time of loss.
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Cornél Pretorius

Posted at 02:17pm
Growing up in Namibia, we've always known about my mother's cousin, Bettie, that lives in Winnipeg, Canada. It sounded so far away. Never have I thought that one day, I will also live in Canada. Being new to another country, community, culture and way of living that is so different than what we are used to, was not easy. Tannie Bettie and Oom Henry, or as my children call them... Ouma and Oupatjie... made it much easier to adapt to the new environment. Knowing that there is someone that has gone through the same emotions, speaking the same language, loving us, made my heart warm. Oom Henry was a very wise and funny and loving person. We are so privileged to have known him, although it was not for a long time. Tannie Bettie, you and the family are in our hearts and thoughts. May the warm, beautiful memories wash over you and stay with you forever.
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