Mitchell "Mick" Bergeron
July 11, 1949 - Sept. 7, 2009
Mitchell "Mick" Bergeron, 61, Fargo, N.D., passed away peacefully early Monday, September 7, 2009, with his family by his side. Although his life was too short for those who knew and loved him, it was as complete and fulfilling as anyone could wish for.
Born July 11, 1948 the eldest of thirteen children, Mick was raised on a family farm in the Argyle, Minn. area, where he graduated high school. He attended the U of M Crookston (1966-67). In 1967, he volunteered for the draft into the U.S. Army and proudly served his country in Viet Nam from 1968-69 and received the Bronze Star along with other commendations. After completing his service, he earned his associates degree in business at Moorhead State University in 1970.
He began his long and successful career in sales with Sears Roebuck in 1970. In 1974, he obtained his real estate license and began work with Professional Realty. In 1976, he founded Landmark Realty, specializing in residential brokerage which he ran until his retirement in December of 2008. His successes in real estate were well noted within the community. In 1982, he was named Fargo Moorhead Realtor of the year by the FM Board of Realtors. In 1992, he again was named Realtor of the Year by both the Fargo Moorhead and North Dakota Associations of Realtors. He also served with fond memories on many state and national realty boards including serving as president of the local and N.D. Association of Realtors. As his eldest brother put it so eloquently, "he is most likely already showing God new houses of worship."
As successful as his business endeavors were, his true passion in life was his family and friends. In 1970, he married Audrey Packer in Barnesville, Minn. and raised two daughters and a son. He enjoyed winter vacations in Jamaica and Arizona. His greatest pleasure was spending time with family and friends at the cabin on Tamarac Lake near Pelican Rapids Minn. He was always busy tinkering around with his standard red tank top and bandana showing his son and sons-in-law how to do and sometimes how not to do projects, the latter bringing him more enjoyment. He would happily go about his projects singing or humming, not so softly, a barely recognizable tune. On the rare occasion, he would even string together a few of the words to the song correctly. However, it was the words he missed that made us laugh and appreciate him that much more. Never short on stories or words the evenings would be spent on the patio talking of the past. There was usually a message he was trying to get across, but sometimes it was lost in the conversation, but always ended in a smile. His hearty laugh could be heard across the lake as his children told stories of what his grandchildren were up to. He enjoyed how things had come full circle in life and rewarded his seven granddaughters for their memorable moments with boat rides, homemade mac and cheese, and grandpa's special popcorn.
Mick made instant friends wherever he went. His ability to strike up conversation and mischievous side made it difficult not to like him. He loved telling jokes, playing practical jokes, and never missed the opportunity for the quick one-liner when it presented itself and graciously accepted it when given back to him. Above anything he was always there for you if you needed help, advice, or just someone to talk to. For all of us who knew him words cannot express what he meant to us. "Thank you" to our soul mate, hero, best friend, and mentor. We love you and miss you.
Mick was preceded in death by his parents, Fern and Francis and brother, Jeff Bergeron.
He is survived by his wife, Audrey; daughters, Deni (Mike) Toomey, Jaci (Greg) Bjornson both of Farmington, Minn.; son and best friend, Mike (Heather) Bergeron, East Grand Forks, Minn.; grandchildren, Hannah and Olivia Toomey, Magi Bjornson, Ashley, Emily, Katie, and Lexi Bergeron; brothers, Keith (Roberta) Bergeron, Lincoln, Neb., Dean (Susie) Bergeron, Hallock, Minn., Rod (Cindy) Bergeron, Chatham, Ill., Paul (Penny) Bergeron, Argyle, Minn., David (Linda) Bergeron, Fargo; sisters, Paulette (Wayne) Melbye, Crookston, Minn., Vicky (Stan) Pastorek, Grafton, N.D., Mary (Jim) Klamm, Park Rapids, Minn., Sue (Bill) Johnson, Hudsonville, Mich., Ann Bergeron, Belle Plaine, Minn., Amy Bergeron, Holland, Mich.; 28 nieces and nephews and 10 plus great nieces and nephews; "nephew/niece" Matt (Mary) and "grandkids" Brendan and Jori Glessner, Grand Forks, N.D.
A visitation was held Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009 at the Country Inn & Suites, Fargo.
A Celebration of Life was held Thursday, September 10, 2009 at the Country Inn & Suites, Fargo. Burial was Friday, Sept. 11, 2009 in Riverside Cemetery, Fargo, with Military Rites.
Condolences can be sent online westfuneralhome.com
(West Funeral Home, West Fargo)