Paul W. Bergeson

September 20, 1927 - December 10, 2018

Paul W. Bergeson, 91, of Batavia passed away Monday, December 10, 2018, at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva, IL.  Paul was born September 20, 1927, in Batavia, IL the son of Paul and Hazel (Klingberg) Bergeson.  He was united in marriage to Ethyl Johnson August 21, 1948 in Batavia, IL. 

A lifelong resident of the Fox Valley and a graduate of Batavia High School class of 1945.  Paul continued his college education at Illinois State University.  He was an enduring learner and a proficient teacher, coach, administrator, Christian, father and friend.  Paul started his teaching career in 1950, at St. Charles High School.  He was the Economics and Government teacher, later to become the Athletic Director and head coach for track and field and cross country.  Paul has been honored by the school to have a regional track meet named as the Paul Bergeson Invitational, he has been inducted into the Illinois Athletic Directors Hall of Fame, and the St. Charles East High School Athletic Hall of Fame.  He retired from St. Charles High school in 1988 following 38 years of service.  Paul loved every day spent at the school. 

Outdoors was a way of life for Paul.  Growing up on the Fox River in Batavia Paul was nicknamed Peeler a name given for his passion of fishing and the use of crawfish which he would peel and use as bait.  Throughout life Paul kept to his roots of the outdoors, he loved to fish, camp, hike, but most of all bird watching.  He was member of the National Audubon Society.  The family asks that you spend time with your family and take a walk in the woods with your loved ones, and make a toast to friendships, family and community. 

He is survived by his loving wife Ethyl, four children Bill (Carli) Bergeson, David (Brenda) Bergeson, Carol (Al) Yunkes, and Susan Bergeson; eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.  

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his daughter Barbara Schoo, and two brothers Richard and Raymond Bergeson.  

Visitation will be held 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Thursday, December 13, 2018, at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 South Batavia Ave. Batavia, IL.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M. Friday, December 14, 2018 at Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 South Lincoln Street Batavia, IL.  He will lie in state at the church from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service.  Rev. Steven Srock will officiate.  Interment will be held in West Batavia Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Holmstad Scholarship Fund 700 West Fabyan Parkway Batavia, IL 60510, or the Bethany Lutheran Church 8 South Lincoln Street Batavia, IL 60510. 

For additional information contact Moss Family Funeral Homes 630-879-7900, or

Guest Book

  • Melinda Ramsden My sincerest condolences to the entire Bergeson family on the loss of Paul. Nothing but very good memories when thinking of him - you can't help but smile when you see that smile. I promise my to dedicate my next walk to Paul! Love to you all!!
  • Mark and Karen Fenske Uncle Paul was always a shining example for all of us. We so enjoyed the morning coffees we had with Aunt Mae and Uncle Paul at their apartment at the Holmstad. We shall miss him greatly.
  • Tara Farley Never forget you Uncle Paul 😊
  • Bruce Bergeson a much loved uncle and extended family. Made us feel at home every time we returned to the area while my father was serving overseas in the military. Warm memories growing up.
  • Linda Hansen I was a high school friend of his daughter, Barb Bergeson, and have very fond memories of both Bergeson parents. Mr. Bergeson took three of us high school girls camping one weekend and looking back, I realize now that not only was he a kind man, but a brave one.
  • Todd Koeppl Every year, when Donna Stockman had her cookie exchange, us men folk would gather for our annual "He-Man Woman Haters Club" breakfast. It started at Vi's, and after it closed, moved around a bit until we landed at Mother's the last few years. Paul was always there, always with a smile, big hello and stout handshake. I am honored to have known him and shared time with him. The entire Koeppl clan shares in the sorrow this news brings. Our prayers are with all of you.
  • Paul koncevic Class of 64....Paul and Ethel were my neighbors growing up and Paul was a great guy to everyone he came in contact with...big loss for everyone!
  • Ernest Dan Johnson Uncle Paul was gifted with a very unique combination of physical strength, spiritual strength, compassion, wit and wisdom. Just a thought of him would produce a smile on my face and the hope of spending time with him. I join a large group that will deeply miss him.
  • Bob Holets I didn't know Paul (Mr.Bergeson) very well, but went to school with Carol. I'm sorry for your loss.
  • Charlotte E Johnson-Dunlop So sorry for your loss. He was a great guy
  • Richard Peterson A life will lived is a blessing forever .I have many fine memories of Mr Bergeson both in class and out. He had a great influence on my life and made me the man I am. So sorry for you loss and I will pray for you. Class of 60
  • Deb (Best) Blaz Many dinners, sleepovers, fun times with Paul and family. So many happy memories of "Peeler", such a good friend to my parents Walt & Lois. My condolences on your loss of a truly a warm and loving person
  • Jon Ball (SCHS Class of '72) Although I have not seen "Coach Paul" since around 1972, I remember him as a sincere, direct, and caring individual, who helped make my formative years at Haines Jr. High and St. C HS a very positive memory. What a great guy.
  • T.B. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your loved one. May reflecting on all the good times you've shared together help ease the pain that you now feel. May the God of all comfort strengthen you during this time of sadness and His promise for the future bring you peace. (Hosea 13:14)
  • jim bergeson Greatest uncle ever!!!!