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11/13/2012 7:30:00 AM
Ida Mae Bergeon

Ida Mae Bergeon, age 91, of Rhinelander, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at her home with her family by her side. She was born on Feb. 6, 1921, in the town of Pine Lake to William and Hazel (Jenkins) Wells. Ida Mae graduated from Rhinelander High School in 1937, and then attended the Oneida County Normal School, where she earned her teaching certificate. She taught at the Old Kelly School, in the town of Little Rice, for a year and then taught upper grades at the Jennings State Graded School for two years. She recalled that travel to the school could be quite challenging because of poor roads and that several times her Model A Ford had to be pulled from the ditch by the county road crew. In 1942, Ida Mae traveled to Chico, Calif., where on Sept. 2, of that year, she married Arthur Bergeon who was serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps. She worked on the base, in civil, service until Arthur was deployed to India during World War II. She returned to Rhinelander, living at home, and worked at Rhinelander Paper Company, where she worked with the pulp log inventory. In 1946, Arthur returned to Rhinelander, following his honorable discharge from service, and together, they built a home on the Wisconsin River and in 1948, began their family with the adoption of daughter, Louise, followed by the adoption of son, John, in 1949. The family moved to Waukesha in 1957, and expanded with the birth of three daughters, Judy, Patricia, and Donna, and a son, Scott. Ida Mae would joke that everybody claimed it was something in the Waukesha water that caused their family to grow. In 1979, Ida Mae and Arthur returned to Rhinelander, building a home near the spot where she herself was born and raised.

She was a longtime member of Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, and a volunteer for 32 years at the church's thrift shop. She also had belonged to the Pine Lake Womens Club and enjoyed crocheting.

Ida Mae is survived by four daughters, Louise Baumgartner of Rhinelander, Judy (Stanley) Hill of Blaine, Minn., Pat (Jim) Bradenburg of Garnet Valley, Penn., and Donna Braeger of Rhinelander; a son, John (Marge) Bergeon of Rhinelander; a daughter-in-law Merle Bergeon of Greeen Bay; grandchildren, Dawn Pearson, William Cover, Edward Cover, Lori Haenlein, Katie Bradenburg, Mary Beth Bradenburg, Erin Bergeon, Blaine Struve, Jessie Schultz, and Laura Struve; and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arthur; son, Scott Bergeon; two sons-in-law, Michael Bralick and David Braeger; and a grandson, Michael Bergeon.

A memorial service for Ida Mae will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at the Carlson Funeral Home (715) 369-1414 / with Fr. Tom Thakadipuram officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service on Friday at the funeral home. Inurnment will take place in Nativity Catholic Cemetery.

Related Links:
• Carlson Funeral Home

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012
Article comment by: Kristine Cover

To all the family of Grandma Bergeon, from my family to yours we send all our love. Anyone who had any contact with Grandma was impacted by her. She was a wonderful woman and will be missed. The celebration of her life now begins and we should all remember her and how wonderful she was.

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: Bonnie Sveen

Judy and family, I am so very sorry to here about your mom. Remember, she will always be with you. My prayers are with you and your family.

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