Robert "Bob" O. Bergner, age 62, Birnamwood, died Sunday, December 5, 2010 at his home under the care of his family and Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services, Wausau.
He was born July 13, 1948, in Camp Pendleton, California, the son of the late Orle and Carol (Hanson) Bergner Roepke.
Robert was a 1968 graduate of Birnamwood High School. He was a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran serving during the Vietnam War and was an active member of the Darling-Gunderson Post #341 American Legion.
On April 12, 1969, he was united in marriage to Teresa Matsche at St. Philomena Catholic Church, Birnamwood. She survives.
Bob owned and operated Double B Glass in Birnamwood for twenty years until his recent retirement. He was a member of St. Joseph Holy Family Catholic Church, Phlox, the Mattoon Sportsman's Club, Birnamwood Lions, Birnamwood Bow hunters and also was a baseball umpire. Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, and shooting trap. Most important was the time he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Teresa Bergner, Birnamwood, four children; Darrin (Jennifer) Bergner, Julie (Scott) Kielman, Terri (John) Giddings and Tricia (Michael) Schairer, all of Birnamwood, seven grandchildren; Nicole, Kaylee, Taylor, Brendan, Casey, Jordyn and Sydney, two sisters; Jean Borkowski, Virginia and Edythe (Jim) Hanson, Abbotsford and many other family members and friends.
In addition to his parents, Robert was preceded in death by his step father; Arno Roepke and several step siblings.
The Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am, on Thursday, December 9, 2010 at St. Joseph Holy Family Catholic Church, Phlox. Fr. David Barrett and Deacon Thomas Hartman will officiate. Military rites will be conducted by the American Legion, immediately following Mass at the church. Inurnment will be in Forest Cemetery, Birnamwood. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm at Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Birnamwood and again on Thursday from 10am until the time of service at the church. There will be a wake service at 8pm on Wednesday at the funeral home.
The family guest book and condolences are available at schmidtschulta.com.