Gwen Bergman

Gwen BergmanGwen Bergman, born May 10, 1938, passed away Oct 26, 2017, from cancer. She was the wife of Ted Bergman and mother of Roxanne Jantzen and the late Nannette Bergman; grandmother of Jessica (Ben) Futoran, Andrew (Amanda) Jantzen, Natalie (Tony) Corven and Rachel Jantzen. She had two great granddaughters, McKenna Jantzen, Kenzie Futoran and a great grandson due in three weeks or so.

Funeral services will be held at Heritage Christian Church in Westerville, Ohio, on Saturday, Nov. 4.

Gwen was the youngest of 12 children and grew up on a sheep ranch near Laramie, Wyo. She earned a B.A. in English and psychology from California State University, Bakersfield. Gwen has been an active member of Heritage since 2007 when she and her family moved to Westerville from Dallas, Texas. She was a volunteer at the Welcome Desk for many years and co-taught a kindergarten-age Sunday School class with her daughter Roxanne. Gwen was also a willing hostess for foreign students through IFI (International Friendships, Inc.) and did volunteer sewing including many alterations on wedding dresses and other sewing projects.

Gwen suffered six bouts of cancer during her lifetime – breast cancer once and non-Hodgkins lymphoma four times. Although she was given only six months to a year to live when she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic ayndrome in 2010, she survived for another seven years, an obvious miracle and answer to the prayers of friends at Heritage and Ted’s colleagues at a conference he was attending in Malaysia that week.

In early years Gwen was a substitute schoolteacher and worked as a psychology aid at the Naval Weapons Center, China Lake. After their younger daughter’s death, Ted and Gwen became active members of Wycliffe Bible Translators for more than 30 years. They served in Kenya, Africa, 13 years with Wycliffe and also in Dallas, England, the Philippines and Huntington Beach.

— Submitted by the family of Gwen Bergman

Story First Published: 2017-11-03