Frances “Frankie” E. Bergman, 88, of Shillington, passed away of natural causes on February 3, 2021 in her home of 62 years. She spent her life offering generosity, love, and kindness to the world, leaving an indelible mark on the many people who knew her.
Born in Reading, she was a daughter of the late Earl B. & Eliza Jane (Craze) Emerick, the fourth of eleven children. She enjoyed her siblings immensely, and spoke fondly of growing up in Berks County, from Shillington and Reading, to Gouglersville and Sinking Spring. Frances was a proud graduate of Shillington High School’s Class of 1950. She worked for 30 years at Hoffman Industries in Sinking Spring on the plating line, retiring in 1995.
Frances was the wife of the late Ira E. Bergman, a loveable curmudgeon who passed away on October 16, 2016. They celebrated 63 years of marriage filled with silly arguments and a deep love that lasted long after his passing.
Frances was the proud and loving matriarch of her family. Starting in 1974 with her first grandchild, she joyously cared for her 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren with nature walks in the woods of Shillington Park and to the Big Rock, games of memory and cards, piano lessons, summer afternoons at the Shillington Pool, and reading many books. She relished summer days on Long Beach Island with her siblings, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Always a competitor, she loved to play “follow the sevens” and “oh hell” with her siblings. The games always ended with a smile and a laugh (and sometimes hilarious controversy if someone cheated).
Frances’ faith sustained her. She was an active member of the Reading South Congregation, Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She shared her faith with others through diligent preparation and thoughtful discussion in bible studies. Even a pandemic couldn’t dampen her spirit and devotion to her faith. She learned to Zoom and FaceTime, and actively participated in virtual and telephone bible studies right up to her final day. Her thoughtful, caring, and generous congregation brought a smile to her face and spiritual sustenance each day.
Always dedicated to fitness, she worked out regularly even into her mid-eighties. When she could no longer travel to the gym, she continued to exercise at home. She enjoyed 500-piece jigsaw puzzles, biographies and historical books, her gentle dog Missy (and many other dogs over the years), and the thoughtful community of neighbors on East Broad Street who provided her with food, company, and happiness. She perhaps enjoyed her youngest neighbors the most. She was known to hand out goody bags to neighborhood children on the first and last day of school, and hosted tea parties for anyone who wished to join.
Those who knew Frances are sad to lose this one-of-a-kind woman, but are better off for having known her. She will be sorely missed but warmly remembered with a smile and a tear.
She is survived by her son – Daniel E. husband of Kathleen Bergman, Mifflin Park, her siblings – Helen wife of Harvey Rhoades, Branden, FL; Mary Jane Ohlinger, Fleetwood; James husband of Etta Emerick, Lutherville, MD; Gladys Painter, Reading; her grandchildren – Matthew & Gregory Bergman, Carrie wife of Joshua Ingalls, Jennifer & Laurie Seiger, Robert husband of Brianna Seiger; and her great grandchildren – Ronan Bergman, Jaxin Seiger, Ada Ingalls, and Rose Seiger. She was predeceased by her beloved daughter – Denise E. Seiger in 2009, and her siblings – Earl, Jr., Dorothy Fix, Leon, David, Paul, and Caroline Emerick.
Funeral services will be held at a date to be announced in the future. As Frances’ faith was especially important to her, please honor her by making contributions to her Kingdom Hall at 1101 W. Wyomissing Blvd, Reading, PA, 19609. The Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., Shillington is assisting the Bergman family. www.kleefuneralhome.com
Funeral services will be held at a date to be announced in the future.