Robert 'Bob' Bergstrand


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Posted Online: Nov. 13, 2012, 4:40 pm
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Robert "Bob" Walter Bergstrand passed away on Oct. 29, 2012, at his home in Chapel Hill, N.C., surrounded by his loving family.
A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC, 27514. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to UNC Hospice in Pittsboro, N.C., unchealthcare.org/site/hospice/donations; United Church of Chapel Hill Music Program; Habitat for Humanity, habitat.org.
Born in East Moline on Sept. 1, 1920, Mr. Bergstrand was the fifth son of Alfred Johann and Carrie Miner Bergstrand.
His commitment to nonviolence led him to work with the U.S. Civilian Public Service as a conscientious objector during World War II.
Mr. Bergstrand earned his bachelor's degree at Manchester College in North Manchester, Ind., and a master's degree in social work at the University of Chicago. His career took him to public agencies in Milwaukee, Wis.; Toledo, Ohio; New York City; and Pontiac, Mich.
A member of the United Church of Chapel Hill, he enjoyed singing in the Chancel Choir. He was an accomplished tennis player and continued to play into his 80s. An enthusiastic gardener, he was particularly skillful with roses, cheerfully tending the plants both in his own garden and those of his friends.
Later in life, Mr. Bergstrand enjoyed having coffee with friends at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro, N.C.
Mr. Bergstrand's survivors include his wife of 63 years, Betty Butler Bergstrand, Chapel Hill; three daughters; three grandchildren; two sisters; and one brother.












 



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