Franklin H. “Sparky” Bergey, 72, of Philipsburg died Monday, July 15, 2013 at his residence.
He was the son of the late Hilary and Grace (Plubell) Bergey born Nov. 23, 1940.
He is survived by his long-time companion and loving caretaker, Norma Verbeck of Philipsburg. On Nov. 25, 1961, he wed his former wife, Patricia June Jury, who also survives of Philipsburg.
Mr. Bergey was Roman Catholic by faith.
He enjoyed spending time at “Bergey Park,” his hunting camp in Frenchville, with his family; it was the place where he felt most at home. He was a construction laborer for local #910 of Johnstown until his retirement.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, Burton and James Bergey; two sisters, Donna Bergey Anderson and an infant sister, Jean; an infant grandson, Brian Tyler; and a brother-in-law, Edward Zwolski.
Mr. Bergey is survived by: two daughters, Denise Bergey and her fiancé, Robert Kaule of Pittsburgh and Melanie Bergey Sankey and her husband, Joseph of Douglassville and two sons, Brian Bergey and his fiancé, Susan Myers of Clymer and David Bergey and his wife, Denise of Cumming, GA.
Also surviving are two sisters, Delores Bergey Zwolski of Curwensville and Annette Bergey Hugney of Frenchville; a brother, Stanley Bergey and his wife, Virginia of Lanse; seven grandchildren, Brianna, Morgan, Matthew, Brittany, Milicent, Blaine and Ben; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, at the Beezer-Heath Funeral Home, 719 E. Spruce St., Philipsburg. Deacon Dennis Socash will officiate.
Mr. Bergey’s family will receive friends from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to: American Heart/Stroke Association, Four Gateway Center, 444 Liberty Ave., Suite 1300, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1207.
Friends may sign the guestbook at: beezerheathfh.com.