EAST ROCHESTER – Kim Bergman, 60, of East Rochester, passed away Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 at his home after a long battle with cancer.
Kim was born July 20, 1958, the son of George E. Bergman and the late D. Elaine (Gillett) Bergman.
Kim was a member of the Church of God of the Abrahamic Faith since 1979 where he held the positions of usher, deacon, elder and pastor. He was a graduate of United Local High School, Class of 1976. Kim also attended Malone University where he graduated with a bachelor’s of business administration degree.
Kim is survived by his wife, Shelley (Wutrick) Bergman; his children, Lindsay (Aaron) Short of Kensington, Ashley Bergman of Hanoverton, and Brent (Desiree) Bergman of Chester, West Virginia; his grandchildren, Olivia, Megan, Natalie, Avery and Kimberly, who is due to arrive in March. He is also survived by his father, George Bergman of Salem; his brothers, Mark (Margaret) Bergman of Brimfield, and twin Kevin (Patricia) Bergman of Lancaster, PA; his sisters Robin (Louis) Pilch of Salem and Stacy (Earl) Aldrich of Beloit; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Donald and Patricia Wutrick of Minerva; and many nieces and nephews.
An active newspaper man, Kim started his career with the Farm & Dairy in 1979. He then worked at the Salem News, the Canton Repository, Toledo Blade, and the Warren Tribune. After receiving his cancer diagnosis and unable to work full time, he worked for CARTS, where he was able to share his loving and caring personality with so many people.
Kim was an active board member of the Ohio Newspaper Advertising Association and the Ohio Newspaper Classified Association and at one time he held the position of president for both. While advertising director of the Canton Repository he earned numerous awards for retail and classified and received many national promotions. He attended the American Press institute for classified advertising managers and was certified from the National Newspaper Association in Reston, VA.
Kim’s most favorite role, however, was that of papa. He loved his children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews very much.
His family would like to extend their deepest thanks to the many, many friends who supported them and Kim throughout his courageous five-year battle with cancer. They would also like to thank the nurses of the University Hospital Seidman Cancer Center and Dr. Christopher Hoimes, all of whom became a special part of Kim’s life and theirs these past few years.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018 at the Church of God of the Abrahamic Faith. Calling hours will be held Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at the church and on Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be at Grove Hill Cemetery in Hanoverton.
2 Timothy 4:7
“I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I kept the faith.”
Arrangements were handled by the Stark Memorial Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Church of God of the Abrahamic Faith, 250 Georgetown Road, Salem, Ohio 44460.
Kim’s obituary may be viewed and condolences sent online at www.starkmemorial.com.