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George C. Bergland

August 5, 1928 - January 28, 2019

George C. Bergland George C. Bergland
    February 8, 2019 | 4:00 to 7:00 P.M.
  • Yurs Funeral Home
    405 E. Main Street
    St. Charles, Illinois 60174
  • February 9, 2019 | 11:00 A.M.
  • Little Home Church by the Wayside
    32W128 Army Trail Road
    Wayne, Illinois 60184
  • Burial Location
    Private Burial

George C. Bergland, of St. Charles died January 28, 2019.

He was born August 5, 1928, in Elgin, the son of local residents, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd H. Bergland.

He was graduated in 1945 from St. Charles Community High School.  In 1949, he was graduated from Stanford University where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, and among other activities, Business Manager of the Stanford Quad (yearbook).  In 1973, he was graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.  At an earlier time, he had attended the Aspen Institute in Aspen, CO.

From 1951 through 1955 he was with the United States Air Force.  During much of that time he was Special Agent with its Office of Special Investigations, located in various operational locations throughout southeastern United States.

Upon release from the Air Force, he rejoined The First National Bank of Chicago where he remained through his retirement in 1989.  As a Senior Vice President, he held a number of domestic divisional management assignments as well as those internationally including the bank’s Tokyo Branch Manager, London Regional Manager and Managing Director of CCIC Finance Ltd. in Hong Kong, a joint venture investment bank with the Bank of China.

Following retirement, he continued to be active in China-related activities, having his own consulting business in Beijing, China.  He, with Mrs. Bergland, was an ardent collector of Chinese contemporary art.

Mr. Bergland married Priscilla E. Potter in August 1955; she was killed in a most unfortunate automobile accident in June 1971.  In August 1973 he married Sharon R. Duven who survives him; she so very caringly and successfully raised the four children from his first marriage.

Though Mr. and Mrs. Bergland resided for some 15 years in Tokyo, London and Hong Kong, their United States home, from 1961, was on Third Avenue in St. Charles.

Mr. Bergland was a Trustee for a number of years of Delnor Hospital, as well as a member of St. Charles Country Club, Dunham Woods Riding Club and the Union League Club of Chicago.

Mr. Bergland is survived by his wife, Sharon; his sons, Jeffrey Edwin (Anne) of Boise, ID, David Whitney (Kathleen) of Richland, MI and Robert George (Lori) of Southington, CT; his daughter, Kimberley Fry (Reed) of Irvine, CA; and ten grandchildren.

Visitation will be 4-7:00 P.M. Friday, February 8th 2019, at Yurs Funeral Home 405 E. Main Street, St. Charles, Illinois 60174. A Memorial Service will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, February 9th 2019, at The Little Home Church by the Wayside, 32W128 Army Trail Road, Wayne, Illinois 60184. Burial will be private.

Contributions may be made in George’s memory to: The Little Home Church by the Wayside, 32W128 Army Trail Road, Wayne, IL 60184, or Northwestern Medicine Home Health & Hospice, 690 East North Avenue, Carol Stream, IL 60188.


Thomas Adams from Pequot Lakes, MN

"Sharon, Nancy and I send our deepest condolences to you and your family. We remember George as a great co-worker and associate during our time together at First Chicago - both domestically and overseas. In particular, several great visits and dinners in Hong Kong."

Karin Hansen from Hong Kong , AK

"I’m so saddened to hear of George’s passing . I have fond memories of working with George at First Chicago In Hong Kong , and then seeing him occasionally when he would come through town to work in China . He had amazing energy to make those trips as frequently as he did. Sharon, please know I’m thinking of you and send my heartfelt condolences."

James & Mary Suhr from Redmond, WA

"Mary and I send our love and condolences to Sharon and the family. We retain happy memories of our early days at First Chicago when he and Pat lived in Glenview and were part of an eight-some who regularly played bridge along with many other instances here and abroad during our stimulating careers at First Chicago. George was one of the best!"

Greg and Colleen Neff from Hayward , WI

"Our prayers go out to George’s family. We are so lucky to know George and Sharon. What a content and genuine person. We will sincerely miss him and know he is with god, exactly where he belongs."

Diane Skoczen from Saint Charles, IL

"Sharon, Mike and I send our condolences to you and your children. We are so sorry to hear of George's passing. The memory of his smiling face and kind words will always bring a smile to our faces. Truly a gentleman and a good friend. We feel blessed to have known him (and you!) please accept this virtual hug from the Skoczens. Thinking of you all."

Jim and Mary Ellen Collins from St Charles, IL

"Sharon and family, Please accept our most heartfelt condolences at the passing of your husband and father George. His integrity, loyalty and kindness made him so very special to so many of his family and friends. His presence will be missed. God bless you and know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time."

Mary Fasbender from SAINT CHARLES, IL

"To Sharon and the entire family, Please know that you are and will be in my prayers. George is a wonderful example of a person who had a life well lived with all of you and with others around the globe. His strong family ties, his sharp mind, and his genuine kind heart made him a wonderful role model for many. He will be truly missed--sorry I am unable to convey my condolences in person."

Mark Van Rees from Fort Lauderdale, FL

"Sharon, sorry to learn of George's death. My heartfelt condolences to you and to Jeff, David, Rob and Kim. Good memories..."

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