OBITUARY

Hugh R. "Mr. Skip" Bergman

June 14, 1931March 30, 2021
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Hugh Richard "Mr. Skip" Bergman, fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, passed away Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at the age of 89. Dear husband to Ann “Miss Ann” (Bane) Bergman. They were married on August 11th, 1959 at Immacolata Catholic Church. They petered out after 8 children.

Devoted father of Dan, Christine (Bergman) Webb, Karen, Sarah (Mark) Hafner, Kenneth (Elizabeth), Eileen (Steve) Schuchmann, Stephen, and Matthew (Julia).

Cherished grandfather of Nicholas (Danielle) Webb, Jennifer Webb, Angela Webb, Andrew Webb, Joshua Webb, Mark I. Hafner, Nathaniel Hafner, Timothy Hafner, Bernadette Bergman, Peter Bergman, Mary Beth Bergman, Francine Bergman, Clara Bergman, Adelaide Bergman, Theodore Bergman, Colten Schuchmann, Joseph Bergman, Alexander Bergman, Anastasia Bergman, and Thomas Bergman. Loving Great Grandfather of Julianna Wilkins and Jalil Latham; dear brother to the late Robert J. (Mary Lou) Bergman; "Uncle Skip" to Laura (Gary) Sperber, Margaret (Jeff) Crawford, Jim (Michelle) Bergman, and Ken (Ally)Bergman; and Great Uncle Skip to a host of many.

Born to the union of Hugo F. and Margaret Bergman on June 14th, 1931, Mr. Skip attended St. Edward Grade School, McBride High School Class of 1949 in which he was still an alumni member. He went on to graduate from St. Louis University in 1953 with a degree in history. He then served 2 years with the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955. He began working at Pope Pius XII Library at St. Louis University until the summer of 1964. Soon after he began working on a master’s degree in Library Science at the University of Illinois – Champaign/Urbana. From September, 1964 through May of 1996 he was the librarian and chess moderator at CBC High School in Clayton, Missouri. After retirement he volunteered at St. Mary’s and St. John the Baptist High Schools for many years in their libraries. He concurrently was a member of several clubs/societies including: The 1904 World’s Fair Society, St. Louis Brown’s Fan Club, Catholic Library Association, Greater St. Louis Library Association, Citizens for Modern Transit, John Birch Society, and a host of St. Louis cultural and arts organizations.

He was a very religious, prayerful man that lived out his faith daily. He enjoyed going out to lunch and would set aside a specific day for each of his grown children and grandchildren in order to stay engaged in their lives. Mr. Skip and Miss Ann would have “tea time” every night which was an extremely long standing tradition that started when they were dating. Despite all the hard work, hours of volunteering, and helping others, he always managed to make family the first priority and included his family in every aspect of his life. His life was his wife, 8 children, 20 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Monday, April 5 from 4-8pm at Hoffmeister Colonial Mortuary, 6464 Chippewa Street, Saint Louis MO 63109. There will be a recitation of The Most Holy Rosary at 7pm.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, April 6 at 10am, at Saint Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church, 6303 Nottingham Avenue 63109. A Rite of Committal will take place at Resurrection Cemetery immediately after Mass, where Full Military Honors will be bestowed.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift in Mr. Skip's memory to Priests For Life, Compton Heights Band, or 40 Days For Life.

Please leave a favorite fond memory of Skip for his family to cherish at the "Add a Memory" link below.

  • FAMILY

  • Hugo Friedrich Bergman, Father (deceased)
  • Margaret Mary Pierce Bergman, Mother (deceased)
  • Ann (nee' Bane) Bergman, Wife
  • Daniel Bergman, Son
  • Christine Bergman Webb, Daughter
  • Karen Bergman, Daughter
  • Sarah Hafner (Mark), Daughter
  • Kenneth Bergman (Elizabeth), Son
  • Eileen Schuchmann (Steve), Daughter
  • Steven Bergman, Son
  • Matthew Bergman (Julia), Son
  • Nicholas Webb (Danielle), Grandson
  • Jennifer Webb, Granddaughter
  • Angela Webb, Granddaughter
  • Andrew Webb, Grandson
  • Joshua Webb, Grandson
  • Mark I. Hafner, Grandson
  • Nathaniel Hafner, Grandson
  • Timothy Hafner, Grandson
  • Bernadette Bergman, Granddaughter
  • Peter Bergman, Grandson
  • Mary Beth Bergman, Granddaughter
  • Francine Bergman, Granddaughter
  • Clara Bergman, Granddaughter
  • Adelaide Bergman, Granddaughter
  • Theodore Bergman, Grandson
  • Colten Schuchmann, Grandson
  • Joseph Bergman, Grandson
  • Alexander Bergman, Grandson
  • Anastasia Bergman, Granddaughter
  • Thomas Bergman, Grandson
  • Julianna Wilkins, Great Granddaughter
  • Jalil Latham, Great Grandson

Services

  • Visitation - Monday

    Monday, April 5, 2021

  • Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary

    Monday, April 5, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial - Tuesday

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021

  • Rite of Committal with Full Military Honors - Tuesday

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021

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Hugh R. "Mr. Skip" Bergman

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Maureen Cleary

April 17, 2021

What an example of a great Catholic father . Dan, I am so sorry for your loss . God bless you all.

Mike Truax

April 6, 2021

Ann, Karen, Christine, and to all of "Mr. Skip's" family,
For about 25 years, I've enjoyed meeting Skip (and family) at various 1904 World's Fair Society events. He helped us publicize the Fair's Centennial in 2004 with his local and national Librarian organizations, and I know how much he enjoyed coming to our annual Closing Day Banquets. We always made sure we had at least a brief time to chat with each other.
I fondly remember in October 2018 when Skip and Ann hosted many friends and Society members with refreshments after the dedication of the David R. Francis statue in Francis Park, near his house.
The picture I'm adding was from our most recent Banquet in 2019.
He quickly became a good friend to all those he met; and he will be missed.
On behalf of the 1904 World's Fair Society . . . we send our prayers and condolences.
Mike Truax

Robert and Roberta Herman

April 5, 2021

Skip was a dear sweet man. He always greeted us at World's Fair meetings with a smile.handshake and hug. He always made us feel welcome and tell us he was glad to see us, that meant so much since we came from out of town and did not know everyone. He will always live in our hearts. Our sincere sympathies to his family. We will never forget his kindness. Bob and Bobbie Herman

Rhonda Siemer

April 5, 2021

Skip was walking his dog at Francis Park and struck up a conversation with me one day in the mid 90's...not sure what we talked about but he sure made me feel listened to and welcome. It was easy for me to remember his name because of his kindness. Skip leaves a great legacy in his family.

Kathy Hoffmann

April 4, 2021

Dear Ann and family,
So sorry for your loss.
Happy we became neighbors the last few years and of course our St.Gabriel
connection. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Ron and Kathy Hoffmann

Chrissy Tobin

April 4, 2021

I was the mom of 2 boys at CBC from fall of 1991 until May of 1998 and the greatest volunteer experience I had was in the library. Hugh was such a gentleman and so welcoming to me on my days I was there. He loved the library and I always enjoyed my time spent in his company. He even offered to call me early, when the boys would have snow days, so I wouldn’t have to listen to the radio. Reading his obituary is a wonderful tribute to him as a husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and I know our Lord was huge part of his life. My prayers are with all of you.

Charlotte Hanselman

April 4, 2021

To the Bergman family, my condolences at this time. We worked together in the CBC Library for many years, and he was a wonderful colleague. Charlotte Hanselman

Dennis Morrell

April 3, 2021

I attended grade school and high school with Ken Bergman, was fortunate to know the family during my youth and enjoyed visiting with them when seeing them as we have all become adults with our own families. At Ken's 50th birthday a few years back, I was able to reconnect with Mr. and Mrs. Bergman. It was the highlight of my night (sorry, Ken, it was good to see you, too, but your parents? Wow, very special people.

Gratitude, fortunate and thankful are the feelings I have, far more so than any sadness coming with Mr. Bergman's passing. I am grateful that God allowed me to cross paths with a great fellow, a model person to look up to in life; fortunate that the things he exhibited had an impression on me in ways that made me a much better person because of it; and thankful that I have the opportunity to share his legacy with others.

I pray the family is comforted in knowing he had a tremendous impact on very many people, all in the way God intends for us to live as his children.

Paul Jackstadt

April 3, 2021

My deepest sympathy to Mrs. Bergman, Dan, and the entire Bergman family. May God bless Hugh.

Joyce Taylor

April 3, 2021

My dearest Ann- prayers for your comfort and peace. I always considered "Skip" an honorary member of our MO Association of Family and Consumer Sciences - after all - he attended a lot of our meetings with you.

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