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Pauline Bergen

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Deaths-Pauline-BergenPauline accepted Jesus as Saviour at 14 at an evangelistic meeting, and she never doubted her salvation. She enjoyed Sunday school, youth choir and chancel choir. She loved to take her Bible and hymnal into the bush where she could sing as loudly as she liked. Her 3 years of Bible school were interrupted by her mother’s death when Pauline was 17. She took responsibility for feeding her dad and 7 brothers. That fall, stepmother Susie Friesen and her 6 children joined the family. Pauline cancelled plans to work at a hospital when her father said she was needed at home. In 1947, Pauline met Henry picking strawberries. Pauline and Henry worked as church librarians and taught Sunday school, VBS and Good News Club together. Their passions were mission and hospitality: they supported many missionaries, including their own children, and hosted missionaries for extended periods in their home. Pauline loved organizing Stobbe-Friesen family gatherings, making photo albums and keeping everyone connected. She worked in the Menno Home. Pauline enjoyed gardening, sewing, playing guitar, autoharp and omnichord, and singing duets with Henry. When he died suddenly, it was a hard blow for her. Her favourite Scripture was Philippians 4:4–8.

  • Birth: July 22, 1926
  • Birthplace:
    Borden, Sask.
  • Death: June 1, 2014
  • Parents:
    John J. & Margaret (Derksen) Stobbe, stepmother Susie Friesen
  • Married:
    Henry Bergen, May 22, 1948 [d. Sept. 24, 2001]
  • Family:
    children Lydia (Philip Hamm), Gerald (Rosemary), Janice (David Slee), Melvin (Jen), Dennis [d. in infancy]; grandchildren; great- grandchildren
  • Church:
    East Aldergrove MB (now Ross Road), Central Heights, Clearbrook MB, Abbotsford, B.C.
  • Baptism:
    South Abbotsford (B.C.), Aug. 23, 1942