Bradley Bergsrud

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Bradley Michael Bergsrud, beloved father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and good friend to many, died March 2, 2010.

Family wrote that he "journeyed into the arms of God."

A funeral will be at 10 a.m. March 13 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 825 S. Klevin St., with a reception afterward. All are welcome.

Brad, 49, was born Aug. 1, 1960, in Spring Grove, Minn., and moved to Alaska with his family in 1969. He was a graduate of East Anchorage High School and held certificates in a number of trades.

Brad worked on the North Slope for Halliburton, Western Geophysical and Schlumberger, and in Nome for his uncle, David Bergsrud, for Thrasher and Associates. He then returned to Anchorage, where he worked for Alaska Distributors before starting his own business, Sockeye Espresso.

Many who knew Brad describe him as a generous, charismatic and well loved person who could fix almost anything.

His last few years were spent in rural Alaska villages handling village and school maintenance. Employed by the Northwest Arctic Borough School District, he had just been promoted to lead maintenance for the Kivalina School. He was moving his belongings along the northern coast from Kotzebue to Kivalina by snowmachine when he succumbed to hypothermia.

Brad loved being a dad and was excited to become a grandpa just a few weeks ago. Brad was proud of his only daughter, Erika. He played softball for many years and loved golfing, fishing, bowling and cooking. He said he was especially honored to assist in coordinating the international press during the 1981 visit of Pope John Paul II to Anchorage.

Brad is survived by his beloved daughter, Erika Bergsrud; grandson, Scott Tomas Bergsrud; parents, Wesley and Peggy Bergsrud; sister, Brenda Bergsrud; brother and sister-in-law, Kevin and Barbara Bergsrud; and nephew and niece, Walter Bergsrud and Olivia Bergsrud, all of Anchorage; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and special friend, Janet Mitchell of Kivalina.

Brad will be buried in Anchorage Memorial Cemetery in the spring, next to his brother Michael Bergsrud, who preceded him in death.

Arrangements are with Evergreen Memorial Chapel.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Mar. 7 to Mar. 8, 2010