In loving memory of my wife - Kelly Bergesch

Born Kelly Greene, January 1957

Kelly and I lived just a couple blocks apart growing up but didn't really meet until early high school.  Initially it was a casual relationship playing neighborhood football, broom ball in the street and just hanging out.  Soon we started dating, fell in love and (on about the coldest day) in January 1976, we were married.  

Before marriage, Kelly was involved with the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in North Minneapolis, competing with the Color Guard and going to many conventions.  She continued with the Auxiliary even after we were married, moved to Corcoran, then Annandale, but the commute became a bit much.  Besides she found new interests a bit closer to home - our three wonderful children. 

Throughout her life, Kelly found a variety of hobbies and interests including cooking (sometimes experimenting on her family), scrap-booking, gardening, Texas Hold'em and weekend golf.  She volunteered for school outings, the Girl and Boy Scouts (including winter camping trips - brrrr), the Kardinal Kingdom project, blood drives, local voting judge and various other community services.

She was a dedicated, hard working employee for Target and the Annandale Lions club.  For the Lions, Kelly worked pull-tabs, bingo and even as late as March 2019, she ran the meat raffles and worked bingo.

We have 3 wonderful grandchildren.  The youngest was 2+ in 2019 so fortunately Grandma had some great times with all of them. 

Kelly was diagnosed with Neuroendocrine Tumors (NETs)** in early 2017, but by then, the doctors indicated she already had the disease for a couple years.  Initially we were told she had, maybe a year.  Not accepting that, we did some research on the cancer and found a yet to be approved (in this country) treatment.  PRRT was rumored to be approved in this country January of '18 and we were lucky enough the Mayo allowed her in the group, although very hesitantly.   Unfortunately the 4 treatments were not enough to stop the ongoing damage.

April 24th, Kelly was admitted to the ER with extreme pain of the abdomen.  She was transferred to the Mayo where she had been for treatment but within a week, the Mayo placed her on hospice care.  She was transferred to Quiet Oaks in St Augusta+ for the remaining few weeks of life.  Kelly passed away May 25th, 2019 at the age of 62.

The family was stunned by the attendance at the visitation and mass and it became clear just how much Kelly touched lives in the community and at work.  We are so grateful for everyone's kind words and generous support.  We do not have everyone's address so we apologize to those not receiving a thank you card.  Thank you!

Kelly my love, you will be eternally missed. 

Kelly had prearranged to have her body donated to the University of Minnesota Anatomy Bequest program in hopes they will learn more about this devastating disease. 

+I must to express my sincere gratitude to the people at Quiet Oaks.  Your genuine compassion toward, and understanding of Kelly and the family needs was remarkable.  Thank you!

** Neuroendocrine Tumors (NETs) is a cancer of the neuroendocrine system. When detected early enough it can be cured, but this is hardly ever the case. The cancer is so rarely suspected by doctors and the symptoms so puzzling that it is seldom diagnosed before it has metastasized.  For more information visit: NorthwoodsNETs.org or NETRF.org



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