Vanden Bergh, Ray
Ray Vanden Bergh was born on March 5, 1938, in Bellevue to Catherine and William Vanden Bergh. He entered into eternal life on March 16, 2014, after a short illness. Ray grew up on the family dairy farm and attended St. Philip the Apostle Grade School and Central High School. During his early years he became a talented pitcher in a local softball league.
He entered Divine Word (SVD) Missionaries in Techny, Ill., during which time he served as a fireman
for nearby towns and attended Marquette University in Milwaukee. After leaving Techny, he returned to Bellevue and became the first fire chief in the town's Volunteer Fire Department. He also worked as a homebuilder with his brothers in Bellevue.
He married Linda (Schroeder) in June 1972 and had two children. Later he moved to Atlanta to be near his children and grandchildren.
Ray is survived by his wife, Linda; his son, Ben (Kate) and daughter, Stacy (Pat Gallagher) and five grandchildren, Sam, Kacy and Noah Vanden Bergh and Annie and Jack Gallagher. He is further survived by seven sisters, Arleen Guns, Marian Calewarts, Norma (Stanley) Gezella, Sr. Patricia Vanden Bergh, CSJ, Elaine (John) Srnka, Joanne Weber, and Bonnie Lokken; three brothers, Peter (Joyce), Ben (Jean) and Mark (Patty); one brother-in- law, Andrew Rosek; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Fr. George, SVD, and two sisters, Dorothy Rosek and Florence; and four brothers-in-law, Raphael Guns, Leslie Calewarts, Gene Weber and Duane Lokken.
Ray loved to sing and shared his last song with his grandson, Jack at his bedside before he passed away. The outdoors and the beauties of nature were his delight. He was a talented carpenter and poet, often applying these skills in projects and poems for his beloved grandchildren. He enjoyed spending time with his many friends.
Relatives and friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 29. at St. Philip the Apostle Church. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m.