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“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” ~Thomas Campbell

Bergstrom, Douglas
Douglas J. Bergstrom, 76, of Wausau passed away on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at St. John’s Hospital in Maplewood, MN. The family would like to thank the ICU staff at St. John’s for making our father and husband comfortable during his brief time in the hospital.

He was born in Stanley, WI, to the late Edward and Anita (Laabs) Bergstrom on January 19, 1941. He married Margene Pfalzgraf on January 16, 1965 in Abbottsford. Together they had two sons, Drew and Chad. Upon graduating from Owen-Withee High school, and after briefly attending UW-Madison, Doug began working with his dad at the Bergstrom Oil Co. in Owen and then co-owning the Black River Oil Co. in Neillsville. In 1966, he was hired as a Stockbroker for Piper, Jaffray & Hopwood starting in Eau Claire then moving to Wausau in 1968. Eventually Doug became the Branch Manager, and then moved to St. Paul, MN, as the Branch Manager in 1981. Retiring in 1995 after six years with Smith Barney in Scottsdale, AZ, Doug and Margene shared their time between Scottsdale and Wausau. Doug was an avid golfer at the Wausau Country Club and Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, enjoyed playing cards with friends, and going to lunch with the guys.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Margene; sons, Drew (Suzy) Bergstrom and Chad; 2 grandchildren, Evan and Kyle, all of St. Paul, MN. He is further survived by his sister-in-law, Michele Bergstrom, her three children and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Brainard Funeral Home-Wausau Chapel, 522 Adams Street. Visitation is at 10:00 am until the time of the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to St. Vincent de Paul Wausau.

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  1. Sylvester Landrum

    01/03/2018 at 10:46 am

    To the Bergstrom Family
    Our sincere heartfelt sympathy. Rest in Peace, Doug

  2. Pat & Dave Blazer

    01/03/2018 at 10:46 am

    Sincere Sympathy to Margene , Chad , Drew and family for a former Owen-Withee Classmate.

  3. Jean Albert Ravet

    01/03/2018 at 10:46 am

    My deepest sympathy to Margene and family. Doug and I have been friends since high school and I know he will be missed.

  4. Kathleen Fisler

    01/03/2018 at 10:46 am

    As a very long term friend of the Bergstrom family, I will miss Doug very much. As my manager and friend at piper he was always fair and alot of fun. My condolences to margene, drew and Chad and grandchildren . The only thing Doug talked more about golf was his boys and grandchildren. My sympathy to Margene. And family. Love Kathleen

  5. Hobie and Dawn Bannister

    01/03/2018 at 10:46 am

    To the Bergstrom Family, I worked at Piper Jaffray with Doug for a number of years. WE spent time at a number of golf courses,talking about golf and the investment business. He was fun to talk with and had lots of good ideas about how we could both fix our golf games. I know he will be missed by your family and his many friends.

  6. Oscar Larson

    01/03/2018 at 10:46 am

    I’m very sorry to learn that Doug had passed away. I had gotten to know Doug at the Wausau Country Club during my annual July visits to the area and was fortunate to have played at least several rounds with him over the years. Please accept my sincere condolences.

    Oscar Larson

  7. Craig Schoeneman

    01/03/2018 at 10:46 am

    So sorry for your loss Bergstrom’s. He was a great man, a great golfer, and a very funny man. I will remember him always. Kindly, Shoney

  8. Dino Corvno

    01/03/2018 at 10:46 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. I always considered Doug and your mom as psuedo parents when I was younger. I remember him and my father arguing about Lincoln Town Cars versus Cadillac Fleetwood Broughams. I can still walk through the house by St Therese in my memory, and the house on Nord Circle.

    He was a great man. I will remember him with love forever.