Frances E. "Frankie" Bergman

July 4, 1932 - February 3, 2021
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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.

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1101 W. Wyomissing Blvd.
Reading, PA 19609


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Born: July 4, 1932
Died: February 3, 2021

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Tania Colamarino posted on 2/12/21

Frances was always so positive and kind. I loved seeing her at the Kingdom Hall with a smile and hug-ready. We will miss her very much and look forward to seeing her when all things are new! With our sincere condolences, The Colamarino Family


Valan Cover posted on 2/10/21

Francis was a Great Aunt to me in relationship title and in loving care. A very special lady who will be missed greatly!


Michael & Valeta Hartman posted on 2/9/21

We've only had the pleasure of knowing Frances a short time, but Oh, what a lovely person she was! Though she didn't feel well she always welcomed a visit and expressed such appreciation for her family and for those in the congregation. Our visits (later via zoom) with her always left us smiling. We are sorry for your loss & we wait alongside you when she will join us again in praise to Jehovah and no one will say "I am sick". Sincere Sympathy, Michael & Valeta Hartman


David & Alison Zezenski posted on 2/9/21

To the family of Frances, We are saddened at this great loss. As we read the obituary of Frances, her special qualities of love, generosity, kindness and devotion to God reminded us of an outstanding woman mentioned in the Bible - Dorcas or she also was known as Tabitha. Many mourned the death of Dorcas so much that God gave the apostle Peter the power to resurrect her. (Acts 9:36-41) We know that Jehovah God will resurrect Frances at the time of the resurrection of the righteous ones. (Acts 24:15) Please know that we share your sadness. We pray that God will comfort you through family and friends during this difficult time. Sending our deepest sympathies, David and Alison Zezenski


Myrtle Council posted on 2/8/21

Sorry to lose a friend. She was fun to be with. My condolences to the family. Also memories of SHS reunion meetings when she and Ira were present. I could always count on them to join us. Am missing both. ---a friend and alumnae Myrtle council


Kimberly Blimline posted on 2/8/21

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Thomas R Ohlinger posted on 2/7/21

We will sorely miss Aunt Frankie's smile and encouraging comments at our meetings. I will remember her as polite,hard working and very family oriented. She loved her grandchildren and would do anything for them. She loved getting together with her siblings to play games and trade well-placed zingers with each other. We look forward to seeing her again. Our deepest condolences, Tom and Anne Ohlinger and family


Gladys and Colleen Painter posted on 2/7/21

Our hearts are saddened today for a loss that will be felt deeply and will not easily go away. Frankie was loved by so many and always shared the best of herself with others. We wish comfort for all in holding close the wonderful memories of good times gone by. May we also take comfort as she did in the coming day when she will live without any pain and be able to see her loved ones again. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.


Pat Mahan/Jack Marquette posted on 2/7/21

To the Bergman Family....Your mother must have been a wonderful woman. Your heartfelt description of her life brought tears to my eyes. What more could a mother ask for than to be honored like this by her family. Please accept our condolences.


Barb Nuhfer posted on 2/7/21

We were so sorry to hear of your Mom/Grandmother passing. We were lucky to meet her a few times and she will be missed by all lucky enough to know her. With Prayers Tim and Barb Nuhfer


Judy Long posted on 2/7/21

Loving thoughts and prayers to all who loved her.


Lois L Wolf posted on 2/7/21

Aunt Frankie will be missed so much! After mom died she wrote me little notes, and called almost every week. I got very close to her, which was nice. I remember when we were kids, and she and my mom favored each other a little. One day mom got her hair cut like Aunt Frank, and when we ran in after getting off the bus, we thought mom was Aunt Frankie. One of us said, Aunt Frankie, what are you doing here? Mom thought that was funny. Aunt Frankie was always a wonderful aunt, but she could put you in your place, too. I loved her stories from what she remembered growing up, and wish I could have taped them, because I don't remember much now. We loved when we cousins got together with your mom (at her house or out to eat) and we would always have a good time. I will miss doing that. I will also remember all the times all the aunts and uncles got together to eat and talk. We are so fortunate to have wonderful aunts and uncles and that we get/got to do things with them. Thank goodness we have good memories from way back. Aunt Frankie was a very loving mother and grandmother and you will all miss her so much. All my love and condolences to all of you.


Bernadette Roulias posted on 2/6/21

I am so sorry about Frankie's passing, but delighted by her obituary. It reminded me of all her delightful traits and her deep faith and the love for her family and friends. She was an excellent example for all who knew her. May she rest in peace for now, and may her loved ones be united with her in the future.


Bernadette Roulias posted on 2/6/21

I am so sorry about Frankie's passing, but delighted by her obituary. It reminded me of all her delightful traits and her deep faith and the love for her family and friends. She was an excellent example for all who knew her. May she rest in peace for now, and may her loved ones be united with her in the future.