Debra Bergen

Obituary of Debra Lynne Bergen

BERGEN - Debra

It is with great sadness that the family of Debra Bergen announce her passing on July 12, 2023, in Shellbrook Long Term Care with her family by her side.

Debra was born to Armien and Shirley Sommerfeld on January 30th, 1964, in Shellbrook, SK which she proudly called home for her entire life. She was the oldest of 3 girls and spent much of her younger years playing in bales or tree forts, riding in 4H light horse, trail riding, playing softball, and enjoying family farm life. After high school, she went on to obtain her cosmetology degree and started her own hair business- Head Waves. In 1986 she married Gerald Kendel and they went on to have 2 children- Ashley and Brooks. Her children were always her pride and joy- and she instilled in them the same work ethic that she was taught by her parents. They spent a lot of time camping and fishing as a family and enjoying the outdoors.  From 1998 - 2014 she ran the local confectionary store- “Dee Gee’s” and trained countless staff- being a mentor to many. She had a heart of gold, despite being stern on the outside. In 2009 she married Larry, and they enjoyed their years together traveling, playing poker, and gathering with family and friends. After an early retirement, Debbie was able to spend more quality time with her grandchildren whom she loved deeply. No one could make her smile bigger than her grandkids.  Her favorite pastimes were watching movies, cooking, gardening, canning, playing cards, traveling, and spending time with family. She always loved Christmas and bringing everyone together. She was an incredibly strong, hardworking, and passionate person and through many challenges- always persevered. Her life motto was “Live Love Laugh” which will continue to be our words to live by. She will be deeply missed by many. 

Debra leaves to cherish her memory her husband Larry Bergen; daughter Ashley (Shane) Doell, and children Easton & Everly; son Brooks Kendel (Crystal Tremain) and children Zach, Abby, Phoenix, & Rylan; sister Tammy (Kyle) Soderberg, and nephew Drew; brother-in-law Dean Grimsrud; aunts Donna (Wayne) Ford, and Rhonda (John) Swain; mother-in-law Donna Bergen; brother-in-law Corey (Regena) Bergen and children Andrew, Lucas, & Joseph; step-daughter Kendal (Kelsey) Galloway, and son Owen; step-son Ryan Bergen (Kiara Pauls) and daughter Hazel; and numerous other cousins, family members and friends.

Debra is predeceased by her parents Armien (Shirley) Sommerfeld, sister Jaqueline Sommerfeld, father-in-law Al Bergen, the father of her children Gerald Kendel, her maternal grandparents Arnold and Agnes Stene, her paternal grandparents Ludwig and Emma Sommerfeld, and many other aunts, uncles, and loved ones.

A Funeral Service will be held for Debra at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Shellbrook at 11:00 am on Saturday, July 15, 2023. 

In lieu of flowers, those so wishing may make donations to the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan (301 – 2550 12th Ave Regina, SK S4P 3X1) or a charity of your choice.  

Family and friends wishing to send online condolences are welcome to visit Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Beau “Lac” Funeral Home & Crematorium, Tammy Smart, Funeral Director, Shellbrook, SK. 306-747-2828.



Funeral Service

11:00 am
Saturday, July 15, 2023
St. John's Lutheran Church
704 Adamson Crescent
ShellbrookS0J, Saskatchewan, Canada
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