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Rudy Jacob Bergen

Rudy Jacob Bergen, age 73 years of Carman, Manitoba passed away surrounded by family on Monday, April 15, 2019, at the Boundary Trails Hospital. Rudy was predeceased by his mother Katharina and father, Jacob. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 38 years, Janet, and his two children John (Laurhys) and Rina Dyck (Brad) as well as five grandchildren, Dane, Madeline, Bailey, Colby and Mason. He is also remembered by his four younger sisters, Katie Hoas (Emil), Margaret Thiessen (Bob), Rita Voth (John), and Edna Dyck (Brian) and one brother-in-law Bob Schnell (Connie).

Rudy was born in Russell, Manitoba at the very start of the baby boom in 1945. He spent his early years on the farm near Hayfield, Manitoba before the family moved to a farm near Warren in 1954. Rudy attended Warren Collegiate and Red River Community College while working on the family dairy farm. Rudy was baptized in the Schoenfelder Mennonite Church. He played hockey, baseball, enjoyed curling and in his early years, track and field. He was also a longstanding member of the Meadows Community Club.

Rudy met Janet, the love of his life in 1979, and they were married shortly after in 1980. Rudy was overjoyed at the arrival of his son John in 1981 and his daughter Rina in 1983. As a dad, Rudy spent countless hours coaching minor hockey and driving his kids and their horses to numerous events across the province. At the same time, he transitioned the farm from dairy, to grain and eventually bison production before taking a job with Manitoba Crop Insurance Corporation.

With the arrival of grandchildren, Rudy and Janet made the decision to leave the family farm in 2012 when they purchased their retirement home in Carman, Manitoba. Rudy spent his days curling, golfing and caring for their yard. Rudy was also fortunate to travel with Janet and friends to places such as Alaska, Australia, England, and the Maritimes, as well as winters with friends in Texas and Arizona. As busy as his retirement was, Rudy always found time for his family, especially when it came to helping John and Brad on their farms whenever needed.  In February of 2017, Rudy was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a terminal form of Cancer found in his bone marrow. The illness meant Rudy needed dialysis three times a week as well as weekly chemotherapy to keep the cancer from spreading. Through the ups and downs of his 2 years of treatment Rudy was present for trips to the lake, tractor and combine rides, grandchildren’s recitals and sports as well as gatherings with family and friends.

Rudy will be remembered as a kind and gentle soul with a great sense of humour. His patience was evident even through his battle with cancer. He was a hard worker who left an incredible legacy for his family and friends. Janet and her family would like to recognize the dialysis team at Boundary Trails Hospital, Dr. Woelk and his team in the Cancer ward, and the numerous volunteers who always drove Rudy to his weekly appointments.

A service for Rudy will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at Carman Mennonite Church at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the South Central Cancer Resource Centre.

Comments  

#1 Lynne Wiebe 2019-04-16 17:50
Janet, we will miss Rudy’s presence in our Dialysis unit. It was a pleasure getting to know him and his sunny disposition even in hard times! God bless you for all you’ve been through these last 2 years and now in your grief!
#2 Wendy and Frank Seidel 2019-04-17 08:28
Sympathy to Rudy’s family. Such a kind man who will be missed by many.
#3 Dave and Pat Wiens 2019-04-17 08:50
We would like to pass on our condolences to youJanet and family. Rudy will always be in our hearts as a gentle friendly friend , in church and my curling expieriece.
#4 Clayton & Kirsten Nicolajsen 2019-04-17 12:34

Our condolences to Rudy’s family during this difficult time. Such a kind man that will be missed by many.
#5 Diane ad Ken Mykle 2019-04-17 16:39
Thinking of you all Janet and Family. Rudy was such a wonderful Man and will be missed greatly.
Ken and Diane Mykle
#6 Joan Johnston 2019-04-17 18:32
Got to know Rudy through curling. He was a kind, friendly gentleman! Deepest sympathy to Janet and their family during this difficult time!
#7 Bill and Mary Duthie 2019-04-18 11:27
To my cousins and families, thinking of you in this difficult time saying good bye to a husband, father, grandfather and brother.
#8 Arne and Barb Mykle 2019-04-18 11:54
Our sincere condolences to all of the Bergen family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Arne and Barb
#9 The Benner Family 2019-04-18 19:46
Our thoughts are with Rudy’s family. Deepest sympathies to you all, cherish the memories.
#10 Dallas Dearman 2019-04-22 00:08
My sincere condolences, Janet! I never met Rudy or your family, as you know, however, I want to send my condolences from our short acquaintance on the golf course in Roland.
#11 Sara and David Turner 2019-04-22 17:18
Rudy lived an enviable life, achieved through hard work and love for his family and friends. He had a gentle, caring manner and a wonderful sense of humour. He will be missed by us all and our love goes out to Janet and his family
#12 Pat and Aime 2019-04-22 22:09
Thinking of you Janet, John and Rina at this sad time. Such a kind and gentle person, he will be missed by many.
#13 Marie Cosens Craig 2019-04-25 00:23
Janet, so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband.
May you be blessed with extra strength at this time,and that many fine memories help to sustain you.
Sincere sympathy,
Marie Cosens Craig

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