THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: September 12, 2019
Barbara (Hoffman) Bergstrom, 72, of Menominee, MI., passed away peacefully Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 at home after a courageous 15 month battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born on Aug. 27, 1947 in Racine, to Richard and Doris (Michna) Hoffman, she graduated from Washington Park High School in 1965. She worked in various positions in Racine until meeting her future husband Jerry at the Brat Stop while he was stationed in Kenosha with the US Coast Guard. They married on March 1, 1969 in Racine and recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Proud to obtain her private pilot license in 1989 alongside her husband, they enjoyed many years of flying friends and family in their airplane. Some of their favorite trips included Egg Harbor for ice cream, Shawano for a burger, Racine to visit family or various other vacation destinations. She enjoyed driving her motorcycle with day trips around the area with friends. She was proud of her flower gardens, blooming from Spring through Fall, loved time with her husband at camp, fishing, four wheeling near the Menominee River, traveling and visiting national parks, but her favorite was to Hawaii.
A stay at home mother while her kids were young, she then held various jobs until her retiring at age 55, but her real joy was babysitting her grandchildren and attending their school and sporting events. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church.
Survivors include her husband, Jerry; two daughters, Kathy (Rob) Possley and Lynn (Chris Darga) Buscher; a son, David (Stephanie) Bergstrom; 10 grandchildren: a sister-in-law, Diane Bergstrom; three brothers, Rick (Christine), David and Timothy Hoffman; a sister, Becky Ramirez and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Sandra Heintz and Janet Wills and a brother-in-law, Thomas Bergstrom.
Family will receive friends at Anderson Kell Funeral Home in Menominee on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral service at noon. Rev. Scott Ehle will officiate, followed by a luncheon at Bethel Lutheran Church. Donations cab be made to the Rainbow House in her name.