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Alvin Corney Bergen
1939 - 2017

 

Alvin Corney Bergen passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Boundary Trails Health Centre.

He was born on July 18, 1939 in Altona, MB to Bernhard (Ben) and Justina Bergen. He was baptized on May 25, 1958 at 19 years of age by elder John Friesen in Bergfeld EMMC church. He married Susie Bergen on October 5, 1958. They lived in Dominion City then moved south of Plum Coulee. They then moved to Oakland, then to Bagot, Portage la Prairie and finally in 1993 to Morden. He worked for a farmer in Dominion City. In the Thames area, south of Plum Coulee he started farming on his own. He continued his farming career on their own farm in Oakland, north of Portage and then in Bagot until 1985 when he and Susie sold the farm due to health reasons after 25 years of farming and moved to Portage la Prairie. He took a year off to seek medical attention. He began his long 26 year trucking career with Decor Cabinets in 1987. After retiring from Decor Cabinets, he did some part time trucking for local trucking companies.

He and Susie and a group of their friends went up north every spring for many years to help out at Midway Bible Camp. We are not sure how much work actually got done, with all the fishing gear that was taken along! Alvin and Susie spent many wonderful years traveling together throughout Canada, the US, and Mexico, to Arizona for the winters and fishing and camping with family. Alvin loved his motorcycle and took several bike trips over the years. As Susie's health began to decline, he dedicated several years to caring for her. After Susie's death in 2015, and due to increasing health problems, he received a pacemaker/defibrillator. After that his quality of life improved. He began volunteering at the Senior's Drop In Centre and spent a lot of hours visiting with residents in the Tabor Home and local hospital. He loved decorating for all the holidays and he and mom enjoyed having family and grandkids over. Alvin travelled to Ontario, BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan and all over Manitoba to visit his 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He was always planning more trips. He was admitted to hospital on March 9th after suffering a massive stroke and he passed away peacefully on March 11th. He was a loving husband, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, brother, uncle and friend.

He was predeceased by his wife, Susie in 2015 and one brother. He leaves to mourn his three children: Jim (Betty) and their children, Calvin and Charlene (Natalya and Ramsin), Amanda and Butch Pries (Leighton, Logan, Corbin and Chaz), Jenna and Mike Menard; Doreen (Neil) Driedger and their children, Eric and Claire (Caitlin), Darcy and Vanessa (Grace, Hazel and Nate), Nick and Kayla (Kinsley and Brennan), Candice and Jordan Kemper (Malachi, Jeremiah and Daniel); Andy (Theresa) and their children, Michael and Rebekah (Canaan and Keziah), Mark and Terra, Matthew. Also left behind are his sister, Leona (John) Enns, brothers, Bernie (Marge) Bergen, Art (Anne) Bergen, Marvin (Helen) Bergen, sisters-in-law, Jennie Janzen and Helen (Henry) Thiessen, special friend, Mary Anne Krashel and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and health care aides at Boundary Trails Health Centre and the Home Care nurses who cared for Alvin over the years. Donations in Alvin's memory may be made to ValleyView Bible Camp.

 

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden

in care of arrangements

wiebefuneralhomes.com

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