Bonnie J. Bergmann 1945-2019
Bonnie J. Bergmann
Bonnie J. Bergmann, 73, of Medford, passed away on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at her home, surrounded by her family and under the care of Hope Hospice and Palliative Care. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in
Medford with Pastor Steve Rutter officiating. Burial followed in the Stetsonville Public Cemetery. Visitation was held on Monday night at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel from 4-8 p.m. and also on Tuesday morning at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
Bonnie was born on Dec. 11, 1945 in Medford to Albert and Vernice Paul. She was a 1964 graduate of Medford Senior High School. She married Galen F. Bergmann on Dec. 12, 1964 in Dorchester and he survives. Bonnie worked for Weyerhauser in Marshfield as a factory employee from 1969-1979. She and Galen then owned the Why Go By Bar in Goodrich from 1979-2001. She enjoyed traveling, ceramics, scrapbooks, baking, embroidery, reading and camping. She will especially be remembered for her wonderful cookies. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren called her “grandma cookie” as they always looked forward to her home baked cookies for every season. She loved all animals, especially dogs and goats. She loved and cherished her family. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Medford and was a member of the Taylor County Tavern League from 1979-2001.
Bonnie met her beloved husband Galen at the Stetsonville firemen’s picnic dance. They got engaged on Oct. 12, 1963 and were married on Dec. 12, 1964. They were married for 54 years and each time anyone asked Galen how long he was married, he would reply with the number of years and then add, “She is the best thing that ever happened to me”.
In addition to her husband, Bonnie is survived by her children, Brenda Bergmann-Henrichs of Medford and Brian (Ann) Bergmann of Brooklyn Park, Minn.; grandchildren, Nicole (Kyle) Gebert, Courtney Henrichs and Parker Henrichs, all of
Medford and Lauren and Alex Bergmann of Brooklyn Park, Minn.; great-grandchildren, Matthew, Easton and Citori Gebert, all of Medford; brother, Robert (Marion) Paul of Abbotsford; sister, Dorothy Grinker of Dorchester; sister-in-law, Joan Paul of Colby; and loved by many nieces and nephews.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Kenneth, William and Eugene Paul; sister-in-law, June Paul; and brother-in-law, Robert Grinker.
Since Bonnie’s diagnosis with ALS in April 2018 we are forever grateful for the amazing team of caregivers that poured tireless love, humor and joy into taking care of Bonnie. Family friend, Jim Stark, the amazing “ladies” Kim Nuenfeldt, Debbie Sherman, Wendy Geiger, Donna Perkins and Jenny Peterson, and the outstanding staff of Hope Hospice.
As we journeyed through the difficult diagnosis of ALS, we were able to benefit from the generous grant donations of ALS Wisconsin Chapter. We would love to “pay it forward” with donations in honor of Bonnie to the ALS Association Wisconsin Chapter, 333 N. Mayfair Road Suite 104, Wauwatosa, WI 53222. Bonnie also had a soft spot in her heart for her animals. Memorials to Taylor County Humane Society would honor Bonnie’s memory as well.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.