Traverse City Record-Eagle


December 8, 2013

Petronella 'Nellie' Bergier Died Dec. 4, 2013

TRAVERSE CITY — Petronella “Nellie” Bergier, 89, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Nellie was born on Aug. 21, 1924, in Eindhoven, Holland, to the late Adrianus and Johana (Norbert) Van Zundert.

On Nov. 27, 1948, she married the love of her life, Roman T. Bergier, in Wallasey, England. Sponsored to come to America in 1949, they became American citizens, and together they lovingly raised three wonderful children.

Nellie moved to Traverse City in 1986 from Madison Heights.

She was employed by Ford Motor Company as a seamstress. She retired after more than 20 dedicated years.

Nellie collected Delft Blue pottery from Holland, Hummel figurines and spoons from her many travels and from friends’ travels. She loved to travel and read.

She will be remembered as a person who loved to laugh, and she was positive in any situation. She can be seen singing a Dutch song with her sister in Holland via Skype at

Surviving Nellie are her children, Roman M. (Kim Joy) Bergier, Steve (Melissa) Bergier and Susan (Robert) Parkhurst; seven grandchildren, Stephen, Katherine, Nicole, David, Jeffrey, Lindsey and Stefanie; and five great grandchildren, Michael, Alek, Lauren, Tanner and Brook; her sister, Meintje; and other relatives in Holland.

Nellie was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two great-grandchildren, Ryan and Talon; son-in-law, Robert; and many other relatives.

Per Nellie’s request, cremation has taken place. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Donations may be sent to Munson Hospice at or a charity of your choice.

Please sign Nellie’s online guestbook at

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