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Margie Bergman

Margie Bergman (DeVries)

Saturday, February 16th, 1929 - Friday, August 7th, 2020
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Martje DeVries Bergman, of Salt Lake City, passed away on August 7, 2020, at the age of 91. Martje (known as Mart or Margie) was born on February 16, 1929 in Dordrecht Holland to Auke an Neeltje DeVries. She left Holland on December 6, 1949 to immigrate to the United States, arriving in New York Harbor on December 14, 1949. On December 18, 1949, they arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah to start their new life. Mart married Richard Owen Bergman on December 4, 1952. They were blessed with 2 daughters; Yvonne McDonald (Wayne) and LuAnn (Sharon) Bergman.

At the age of 11, on May 10, 1940, she watched as German soldiers parachuted in to take over her beloved city, some even landing on their roof. Over the next 5 years she endured many hardships; including starvation and having to share their home with soldiers. She came through the war strong and determined. After arriving in the United States with only 2 dresses and a pair of shoes, she made a beautiful life. She never returned to Holland, as the memories of the war were too difficult.

Mart loved to shop “downtown” at the ZCMI center with her sisters each Saturday. They could be heard throughout the shopping center speaking their native tongue. She also loved the slot machines in Wendover and Bingo. Most of all she loved her family. It was a special treat when she took her granddaughters “downtown” to shop, as she spoiled them – including eating in The Tiffin Room! Tracy and Mindy fondly remember the Christmas that she sacrificed her bonus and had her employer help her find Cabbage Patch Kid dolls for them. They were sold out everywhere but she found them, paying over $100 each. It was the best Christmas ever! Once the great grandchildren started to arrive, her heart grew even more. She even attended many of their births and adoption proceedings. “Oma” as she was known to her granddaughters and great grandchildren always left lipstick marks on their cheeks, always had a dollar or two to slip in their pocket, and was always stocked with chocolate and candy. She never missed family functions, blessings, baptisms, and even school programs. Family was everything to her and her fierce love was always felt.

Mart is survived by her 2 daughters Yvonne and LuAnn, 2 granddaughters; Tracy Ladle (Trent), and Mindy Anderson (Kyle), and 10 great grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her parents, her sweetheart, Richard, and her siblings; Auke, Annie, Jacoba, Gretha, Adriana.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 13th, 2020 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Thursday, August 13th, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Nelson Family Mortuary
    4780 N. University Ave.
    PROVO, UT 84604
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  • Service

    Thursday, August 13th, 2020 | 1:30pm
    Thursday, August 13th, 2020 1:30pm
    Sunset Gardens
    1950 E Dimple Dell Road 10600 S
    Sandy, Utah 84092
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  • Interment

    Larkin Sunset Gardens
    1950 E Dimple Dell Road 10600 S
    Sandy, Utah 84092
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