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Betty C. Bergendahl

Obituary for Betty C. Bergendahl

August 21, 1934 - January 10, 2021
Newark, Delaware | Age 86

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Betty Clare Bergendahl passed peacefully on January 10, 2021. She was 86 years young. Betty was born in Neptune New Jersey on August 21, 1935. She was the daughter of her loving parents Anna Paasch Young and Harold Bertrand Young. Betty loved that she shared her birthday with Donald Duck. Betty was predeceased by her husband Tom. Betty and Tom were married for 63 years until Tom's death in December 2020.

Betty is survived by her three children: Paul J. Bergendahl II; Leslie C. Hardy and her husband, Jay; and Kerri A. Donecker; also by seven grandchildren: Sophie and William Bergendahl; Kathryn, Andrew and Jessica Hardy; and by Caroline and Gabrielle Donecker; and, by two great grandchildren: Khalil and Malakai Jones.

Betty demonstrated a life of service to others. She began her career in Nursing after graduating as a Registered Nurse from Monmouth Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. Her first job was as a public health nurse in Red Bank, New Jersey, also working on the staff at the Riverview Hospital. After moving to Massachusetts, Betty became the Director of Nursing for the Town of Harvard. In this role she served both the young and old in the community. As the town nurse she provided wellness clinics, home care, as well and served the students in the Harvard school system. She was dearly loved by students and townsfolk alike.

Betty's greatest joy was spending time with her family. While she loved to travel, and did so during retirement, she will most fondly be remembered in her kitchen preparing bountiful meals and treats for her family. She instilled a joy and love of both cooking and eating with her children and grandchildren. It was not uncommon for friends and family to visit and be met with mouthwatering pies and other delicious homemade treats. Betty also loved to garden. She would carefully tend peonies that had been in the family and moved from dad's home in Minnesota, used in graduations by the Garden club at Bromfield graduations, and brought beauty to her home in Delaware. Betty was always busy creating wonderful treasures for family and friends. She would never shy away from learning a new skill. There are many sweaters, mittens, garments and quilts that demonstrate her love and skill shared with others.

Betty embraced her retirement in Delaware. She became a member of First Presbyterian Church in Newark, where she became dear friends with many members. Betty became an avid supporter of the UD Women's volleyball team with her dear friend Jan. Betty and Tom found wonderful spots to watch deer at sunset, enjoy the UD Creamery, take many daytrips throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland to find both culinary and antique treasures. She was blessed with a rich life surrounded by many who loved her.

Betty will be dearly missed by her friends and family. A service will be held in the spring in Massachusetts.

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