John Bergevin (local conservationist), 75, of Dallas, passed into eternal rest surrounded by his loving family, on Friday, May 10, 2013, at the Wilkes Barre General Hospital.
Born Jan. 21, 1938 in Plymouth, he was the son of the late Marius E. and Sophia M. (Vonsavage) Bergevin.
He resided in Trenton, N.J., from 1951 until he returned to the area in 1970. He briefly resided in Kingston before living in Dallas, where he stayed for more than 40 years. John graduated from Trenton Catholic Boys High School, Class of 1955, and he received his associate's degree in Business Administration from Mercer County Community College.
He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving for four years. He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service from 1960 until his retirement as manager, Systems Testing and Quality Assurance Branch at the Wilkes-Barre Postal Data Center in 1992.
He held life memberships in the National Rifle Association, the Appalachian Trail Conference, the Keystone Trails Association and Trout Unlimited. He was a member of the Susquehanna Small Mouth Bass Alliance, the Mid-State Trail Association, Penns Valley Conservation Association, the National Wildlife Federation, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the Texas State Rifle Association, Harveys Lake Rod & Gun Club and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.
John was a longtime blood and platelet donor with the American Red Cross, a lifelong advocate of coldwater conservation as well as hiking trail creation, preservation and enhancement.
Affectionately known as "Pop," John was an avid fan of the Lake-Lehman High School Lady Knights soccer team and the Cantolao Explosion girl's soccer club team. "GO-O-O-O EXPLOSION!!!"
Surviving are his devoted and loving wife of 56 years, the former, Arlene Hochreiter; daughters, Michelle Davis and her husband, Larry, of Pleasant Gap, Pa.; Colleen Reed, of Flagstaff, Ariz.; Jacqueline Lane and her husband, Larry, of Naples, Fla.; Suzanne Spudis and her husband, Jeff, of Galveston, Texas; Larisa Hillard and her husband, Keith, of Dallas; nine grandchildren, Timothy and Jessica Davis; John Reed; Zachary, Kasie, Jacob and Jenna Spudis; and Brittney and Kaylee Hillard; two brothers, Maurice Bergevin and wife Lorraine, of San Antonio, Texas, and James Bergevin, and wife Carole, of Trenton, N.J., as well as several nieces and nephews.
John's family would like to especially thank Dr. Boonin and the InterMountain Medical Group and the staff at the Wilkes Barre General Hospital CCU, for their care and compassion.
Memorial service will be held Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the S.J.Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth. Family and friends may call on Wednesday from 5 p.m. until service time at 6:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Medical Oncology Association, Prescription Assistance Fund, 382 Pierce St., Kingston, PA 18704-5535.
Please visit www.sjgrontkowskifuneralhome.com for directions or to submit online condolences to John's family.
S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home
530 W Main St
Plymouth, PA 18651
Published in Times Leader from May 13 to May 14, 2013