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 Alver Anselm “Sam” Bergman of Gaylord passed away at home Wednesday, January 18th, 2017. He was 92.

Alver was born March 16th, 1924 to Gustav and Anna Bergman in Newberry Michigan, one of eight children. He was a charter member of Gaylord’s Peace Lutheran Church and member of the D.A.V.. Alver was a proud and accomplished World War II veteran, and was a member of the military order of the purple heart for his services. One of Alver’s most enjoyed pastimes was being with his beloved family, who always appreciated the humor that was an essential part of his life. He also partook in church activities and spent his time at camp in Newberry.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Bernice; his children Linda (Jack) Chambers of Gaylord, Kenneth (Cindy) of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Charles of Kinross, and Stephen of Kawkawlin; his grandchildren Lynnette, Andy, Erik, Monica, Karla, Zachary, Brian, Brenda, Josh, and Jeremy; and great-grandchildren Brenna, Brandon, Issabella, Charlie, Logan, Annabelle, Elizabeth, Evalynne, Braedyn, and Ryder.

Alver is preceded in death by his parents, Gustav and Anna; sisters Hildur and Dagmar; and brothers Einar, Arthur, Bror, Olaf, Oscar, and Pete.

Memorial services will be held at Monday, January 23rd, at 11 AM at Peace Lutheran Church in Gaylord, MI. The family will receive friends from 9 AM until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be given to the charity of the donor’s choice in honor of Sam.

Visitation To Be Held At: Peace Lutheran Church
Service To Be Held At: Peace Lutheran Church

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From: Ed Cherwinski
Broken Arrow , OK

Many fond memories of visiting at Sam and Bernice's home. My heartfelt condolences to Bernice,(my neighbor of twenty three years) to Steve and the rest of your family,our loss is heavens gain.

From: tom and kay johnson
marquette, mi


From: Jim and Barb Lappan
Gaylord, MI

Always a smile and joke to tell, we'll miss our friend Sam. God Bless everyone sharing his life.

From: Terri Williams-Branstrom
gladstone, Michigan

Heard today of this loss of one of my favorite childhood people. I will never forget running across the field to see BerBer and Sam. May God surround all of you will God's arms of love and comfort. My thoughts are with you.

From: Glenys Williams Hull
Sioux Falls , SD

BerBer and "kids", My deepest sympathies on your loss of Sam. All my earliest childhood memories include all of you so I share your sorrow and loss. He was a wonderful neighbor and friend.

From: Guy & Donius Glover
Edmonton, Alberta Canada

We are so sorry for the loss of Sam. We are so happy we got to meet Sam and Bernice and family at a reunion about 7 years ago. Sam always had jokes to tell Guy. (Canadian Cousins from Alberta)

From: Leonard Thompson
Wadena, Minnesota

I will miss my Uncle Sam. He was always quick with the jokes and good humor. I remember at the Bergman Farm and sitting at the table for a meal, and Sam saying "You'd never know I was a man until I sit down at the table !" In the pump house at the farm he had written on the wall instuctions on how to work the pump. I guess it was often his job to pump water for the cattle. God's Blessing's to the family.

From: Tricia Newby Michigan

A national treasure is gone. His service to our country, his dedication to family, his Faith, and his wit. My condolences to all of his family.

From: Gloria Leigh
Jackson, Michigan

Words can't express the feeling of the loss of Uncle Sam. Such a wonderful and humorous man. My heart goes out to Auntie Kid and the rest of the family. His passing makes the last of my Uncles to go on to a better place. You will always be in my heart Uncle Sam. God Bless you. Jack,Linda Chuckie, Steve, Kenny and all the rest. I love you all. 70 years is a long life of love to have for each other.

From: Donna Perry
Clio, Michigan

I am sorry for the loss of Sam. I have known Sam for many years, being best friends with his daughter, Linda. Sam was a man that you would not forget. When I would go there, he always made us laugh for one thing or another. What a special man. He raised several wonderful children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Has a wife Bernice who was the love of his life. They have always been the cutest couple. Please remember all of these special memories as you sure have a lot of them. He is flying with the angels and now again will be watching over all of you, from up above. He sure will be missed by many. God bless! RIP Sam

From: Tabitha Bergman
Anchorage , Alaska

Uncle Sam was a great man I truly respect & loved dearly. I know that now he is in Heaven with his family that's passed but he will be always in our hearts and the memories we can cherish forever.

From: Jim Kurbel
Gaylord, MI

We were so sorry to hear Sam passed away. He will be missed dearly. May our good Lord comfort Bernice and her family in their loss. He rests in peace in the arms of our Savior now. Jim & Barbara Kurbel

From: Bob Bergman
Port Charlotte, Florida

If you were looking for someone to represent ‘America’s Greatest Generation’ you would look no further than Sam Bergman. Born of Swedish immigrants, Sam grew up during the Great Depression. When the nation called he went to be soldier in WWII serving honorably in the South Pacific and was wounded in action. Sam returned to the US after the War, got married, built a house, raised a family, and worked without letup until retirement. Sam stayed by his wife Bernice’s side for 70 years. Sam was humble, kind, and considerate and had a great sense of humor. You never left Sam’s house without reading at least one Lockhorn Cartoon. I am going to miss my Uncle Sam.

From: Stephanie Neal

My sympathies to Ken Bergman who loved, and was devoted to his Dad.

From: Kris Powell
Vanderbilt, MI

Sam was a joy to work with and just to be around. He always had a joke or a cartoon to share with us. I loved talking with him about family, his and mine. We couldn't solve any of our problems, but it helped knowing someone cared.

From: Tracy Smith
Gaylord, Michigan

Grandpa Bergman will be so greatly missed by us all. I always loved to see him out shopping and getting to go to his house with my cousins when we were little. He was always smiling and happy.You could always tell he had the biggest heart. I especially loved how he always had a comic to show me that made me chuckle. I will miss you Grandpa Bergman. Love to all your family

From: Karen Spurbeck
Plymouth , Michigan

Mr. Bergman was always Sam to Steves friends. And there was no Sam without the mention of Bernice. Salt and Pepper, peas and carrots. Surely, as St. Peter greeted Sam and he gently pulled out a comic from his wallet while they reviewed his personal legend...they were certainly laughing as he was escorted through the pearly gates. Good humored, honest, kind family man. May he Rest In Peace.