Nils Bergstrom Jr. Dies in New Hampshire

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Nils Bergstrom Jr, age 81, of Peterborough, New Hampshire, died at Community Hospice House in Merrimack, on July 31, 2014 after a period of failing health. Nils was born in Paterson, NJ on June 5, 1933 the son of Swedish-born parents Nils Bergstrom and Tyra (Quick) Bergstrom. Nils grew up in Little Falls, NJ. He graduated from Upsala College, East Orange, NJ in 1955 and entered the United States Navy rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Nils married Mary Ellen Debelak while serving in the Navy and they had three sons. Nils lived in Livingston, NJ for 20 years before moving to McHenry, IL in 1980, fi nally assuming the position of Midwest Regional Sales Manager for Intercraft Industries Corporation. Following retirement, he moved to Peterborough in 2000 and was an active member of the community. Nils was a member of the Peterborough Rotary, The American Legion and was 32nd degree Mason and treasurer for the Masons. He volunteered his time with many local organizations, including The Monadnock Center for History and Culture, the Alzheimer’s Association, The Windy Row Project and the Caregivers Group. Nils enjoyed attending church dinners, following the stock market and helping others whenever he could. Nils was predeceased in 2012 by his wife Mary Ellen (Debelak) Bergstrom and is survived by his sons, Nils Bergstrom III of Brookline, NH, Kristen Bergstrom of Sonora, CA and Eric Bergstrom of IL. Nils will also be missed by his grandchildren Robin, Eva, Gwen and Dale as well as his sister Karin Noyer of Sarasota, FL. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Peterborough United Methodist Church, 43 Concord Street, Peterborough. Pastor Renee Rouse will offi ciate. Burial will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Hwy, Boscawen. In lieu of flowers the family suggest that memorial contributions be made in Nils’ name to the Alzheimer’s Association. Jellison Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. To view an on-line obituary or leave a condolence please visit
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