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St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home & Gardens

701 W Virtue ST, Chalmette, LA

OBITUARY

Klebert "Bro" Joseph Bergeron Sr.

June 20, 1930December 10, 2014
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Klebert "Bro" Joseph Bergeron, Sr., passed away on December 10, 2014. He was born in New Orleans on June 20, 1930, lived most of his life in Arabi, and relocated to Slidell following Hurricane Katrina. For the past several years, he devoted his life to caring for his beloved wife of almost 60 years, Evelyn Achee Bergeron, who suffers from Alzheimer's, survives him and presently resides at Heritage Manor in Slidell. Bro is also survived by his sister, Shirley Bergeron Price, along with four children, Klebert Bergeron, Jr. (Laurie King) , Kraig Bergeron (Rose Conway), Jeanne Bergeron Ingber (Chuck) and Andree Bergeron Dendinger (Ronnie), as well as 7 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Although Bro was orphaned at 15 years old, through perseverance, determination and hard work, he provided a wonderful life for his family. He was an artistically talented perfectionist who parlayed a creative flair and eye for detail into a successful business. He began his career as a teenager in the Display and Design Dept. at Maison Blanche, where under the tutelage of Emile Alline, Bro played a part in the creation of New Orleans' own Christmas mascot, Mr. Bingle. From there, he worked briefly in a display and sign company before joining Barney Smith of Leathercraft. Together they formed Leathercraft Interiors, with Bro bringing the element of design into a cabinet making and upholstery business. After several years at Leathercraft, Bro left to start his own company, Designs Unlimited Inc., a commercial interior design business specializing mostly in restaurants and nightclubs. Designs Unlimited covered all design details, from floor to ceiling, and took projects from concept formulation through design, to fabrication and finally, installation. Throughout his career, Bro was the creative force behind many popular New Orleans night spots. While too numerous to list, places of note are The Brass Rail, The Dream Room, The Safari Room, the original Pete Fountain's, Deja Vu, Opus 111, Georgie Porgie's, The Godfather / Southside, Spinnaker, The Bounty and Russell's Marina Grill. He also did some work in St. Bernard Parish, including the original St. Bernard Bank / Drugstore Shopping Center, The Chateau Lounge and most recently, the Palms Casino. Throughout his career, Bro often collaborated with AMA Distributors, Lucky Coin Machine Co. and Orleans Cabinet Works. In his personal life, Bro had a passion for collecting and refurbishing, meticulously restoring classic cars and antique clocks to their original, pristine condition. Bro also enjoyed boats and spending time relaxing on the water with family and friends. As the patriarch of his family, an accomplished businessman and principled man in all endeavors, Bro will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved him. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Visitation to be held at ST. BERNARD MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 701 W. Virtue St., Chalmette, LA on Saturday, December 13th from 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. A Funeral Service will begin at 3:00 P.M. Burial will follow in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, December 13, 2014

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, December 13, 2014

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Klebert "Bro" Joseph Bergeron Sr.

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Terrie Ordes Speed

July 24, 2015

So sorry to hear of your loss. I remember growing up at the Bergeron house, spending many weekends on the family boat and with Jeanne and Kraig. You were all such a big part of my young life. Mr. Breaux was a good man and Ms. Evelyn was like a second mother. Sorry I missed the funeral but did not know until recently that he passed. I've seen your mom a few times at the home. She did not remember me but I did get a smile when I told her of old times. I think of you all often. Again so sorry for your loss.

Robby Beau

January 5, 2015

When I see all of the pictures, it reminds of the wonderful times we had growing up at the Bergeron house. It has left an ever-lasting impression and I will always remember Mr. Breaux....Mrs Evelyn....my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Benny Langoni

December 29, 2014

I'm so sorry to hear about Mr. Breaux passing. Thank you so much for putting up all the pictures of the family and Mr. Breaux. Those pictures took me back in time. Your family was like my 2nd family and I miss all of you. Kraig and Jeanne, please get in touch with me, I am so sorry for your loss.

Donna Chiasson

December 27, 2014

Dear Bergeron Family, Please accept my apology for posting so late. I am so sorry for your loss. I myself have fond memories of this wonderful man you all call Dad. I am saddened by the news of Ms. Evelyn. I am not far away. I really really mean that if you need me for ANYTHING do not hesitate to call me. Time and distance matter none to those with a history. Thinking about all of you..... Donna Solis-Chiasson

Earl & Marie Hubert

December 18, 2014

Dear Bergeron family, Earl and I were saddened to hear of the death of your father. Your mom and dad would both be passing right by our house to go home and would always stop and talk to us. May your dad rest in peace. We could not make the funeral because our daughter graduated from college that morning but our prayers were with you all. God Bless, Earl & Marie Hubert (Sable Drive neighbors)

December 15, 2014

Andree, so sorry to here about your family's loss always remember memories last a lifetime and I know you have many. Love Sue and Dennis

Jack Breaux

December 13, 2014

Dear Kraig, Jeanne, and Andree, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. He was such a wonderful man. My prayers are with you all.

December 13, 2014

Dear Bergeron Family, we express our sincere sympathy for your loss of your dear loved one. May your faith carry you through this very sorrowful time. You & your family are in our thoughts & prayers.
Sincerely, Rene' & Gina Planchard ( Baton Rouge, La.)

Stephanie Young

December 13, 2014

Dear Klebert and family, Jeanne, Andre and Craig, I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember your dad well and fondly, he was truly one of a kind and made this world a better place just by being in it. Please know you all and your families are in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing you all love and peace during this difficult time.

Mark Ridley

December 13, 2014

Klebert, Kraig, Jeanne and Andree - my sincere condolences to the entire Bergeron family. I enjoyed every moment spent with your Dad. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

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