Wallace Martin Bergman

In Memorial

Passed away On Dec.26, 2011
Rev. Wallace Martin Bergman was born to Fred & Frances June 2, 1933 in Gimli, Manitoba. He was brought up surrounded by the Canadian Icelandic culture of the Lakes district, including pastimes of hockey and curling.
While in High School, he met the love of his life, Helen and they were married in 1954. While attending university in Manitoba, he felt the call of God to attend the Lutheran Seminary in St.Paul, Minnesota and received the Master of Divinity in 1958. While there, he ministered in his first pastorate in Minneota, Minnesota. First daughter Karen was born in 1958. Their first Canadian pastorate was at St.Paul’s in Selkirk, Manitoba from 1960 to 1966 where second daughter Susan was born.
Wally & Helen felt the call to “Go West” and so their next pastorate was at Our Saviour’s in Calgary, and then moved on to Victoria. While living in Victoria, after their second daughter was seriously injured in an accident, God gave them a third dauhter, Brenda! And then came a call to a ministry in Maple Ridge at St.Paul’s. After 23 faithful years as pastor there and 35 years in the ministry, he retired to White Rock to enjoy golf, lawn bowling, and travel. An avid sports nut and even more avid reader, Wally enjoyed music and his Icelandic culture.
He was predeceased by his life partner Helen in 1991, sister Helene in 2006, and daughter Susan in 2006. He will be sadly missed by brothers Fred (Eileen) and Claude (Iris), brother-in-law Ron, daughter Karen, (and Dale) from Kamloops and daughter Brenda, (and Steve) from Chilliwack; as well as 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran, 12145 Laity Street in Maple Ridge on Saturday, December 31 at 1 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St.Paul’s Lutheran’s memorial fund.

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  1. Pat Rankin (Bergman) :

    Dear Karen, Brenda, and families, I am saddened hearing of Uncle Wally’s passing. It will be a great loss for all of you,as he loved his family a great deal. Please know that you are all in our thoughts today and always as you let God guide you through this difficult part of your journey. Love to you all, Pat

  2. Dear Karen, Brenda and your families. I am saddened to hear of your dad’s passing. As a member of St Paul’s and as a neighbour we shared a lot. The memories are so many – I learned so much from your parents in the time they ministered in Maple Ridge. You are in my thoughts and prayers today and have been so often over the years. Don and I live in Vernon now so will not be attending the service today- we hope and pray that the support you receive from your family and friends will give you strength as you travel this “road” And that God will light your path and shine on you in the coming days. Hugs for all of you, Marlene

  3. Dear Karen and Brenda and all of your family;
    Please let me extend my most sincere sympathy to you and yours on the passing of your father. Pastor Bergman played a huge role in the shaping of my spiritual journey and I have many fond memories of him, your mother, Susan and of course the two of you. I pray that you and yours will be comforted at this time of loss in knowing that our many prayers and thoughts are with all of you.

  4. Angie & Joe McLaren :

    Dear Karen and family,
    We were so incredibly saddened to hear of your dad’s passing. He meant more to our family than you possibly will ever know. Not only did he marry Joe and I, but he was for us the “sole” teacher that put a face to religion. Before Joe and I married he encouraged me to learn about the Lutheran faith, and as a result I was baptised and then confirmed. Joe had attended all of his classes growing up. Later, our children Lukas and Izak were baptised in the Lutheran faith. He was the reason for our continued spiritual quest throughout our lives. He was our mentor.

    Your dad was such a special man. Even though distance kept us apart, we kept him close to our hearts. We watched him from a distance as he suffered in earthly challenges, showing us that he was so incredibly human, subject to all the trials all of us may go through as we walk through this life.

    If there is a god, then Wally was truly his messenger. He made a difference in our lives, he made us believe.
    God has lost his best. He will be missed but never forgotten.

    We thank God for having known him.

    Always, Joe and Angie

  5. I only know his name because his daughter Susan and I were friends during the last few years of her life working at RVH. I was very saddened by her passing. I never got to know the family well but always remembered her talking about her life when young.

  6. Helen Verhaaf :

    I am truly saddened to hear of Wally’s passing. Although I knew him just over 2 years he and I became good friends. Wally had a wonderful and mischievous sense of humor that I will miss. Wally always sent me on my way with a blessing and a corny joke. Safe travels Wally. You will be missed.

  7. Gordon Barthels :

    I am sorry to hear of Wally’s passing. Enough kind words can not be said about him. I was a child in Wally’s concregation in Selkirk for those first 6 years when he returned to Canada and then when I moved to Maple Ridge many years could not believe that I had that blessing again! Wally kept it real and was truly one of God’s most wonderful messengers.

  8. Horst Gutsche :

    I remember Wally well from my years as a pastor at the Lutheran Church of the Cross (now Oakridge Lutheran Church) in Vancouver from December 1975 til July 1978. I would like to extend my sincere though belated sympathy to the family. I really appreciated him as a fellow pastor and friend.

    In Christ,

    Pastor Horst Gutsche, Barrhead, Alberta

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