V. Donald Bergner Obituary

V. Donald  Bergner
V. Donald Bergner

August 15, 1922 - November 2, 2017
Born in Buffalo, New York
Resided in Amherst, New York
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November 2, 2017, age 95, beloved husband of the late Rosemary A. (nee Kazus) Bergner; loving father of Donna Internicola, Shirley A. Bergner and William F. (Helen) Bergner; cherished grandfather of Jennifer M. Walczak, Marissa Internicola, Jonathan Internicola, William Carter Bergner, Douglas Carter Bergner, Peter Carter Bergner and Elise Carter Bergner; dear brother of the late Robert and Richard Bergner; dearest friend of the Walczak, Cofield and Kelly families. The family will be present on Monday morning 8:30-10:00 AM at the (Amherst Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 5200 Sheridan Drive (corner of Hopkins Road), where prayers will be said at 10:00 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated from St. Gregory the Great Church at 10:30 AM. Family and friends invited. Donald was a Veteran of WWII, serving in the Army Air Corps and a retiree of Bell Aerospace Textron. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Donald's memory to the SPCA serving Erie County. Please share your condolences at WWW.AMIGONE.com.
Buffalo News Version
Aug. 15, 1922 - Nov. 2, 2017

V. Donald Bergner, a retired Bell Aerospace engineer, died unexpectedly Thursday in his Williamsville home. He was 95.

Born in Buffalo, he was an East High School graduate and earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry in three years from Canisius College.

At Canisius, Mr. Bergner learned to fly under an Army Air Corps program, and during World War II he was an Army flight instructor locally. He later served for a year with occupation forces in southern Japan.

He returned and earned a second bachelor’s degree, in electrical engineering, at the University of Buffalo. He later completed a master’s degree in electrical engineering at UB.

Mr. Bergner first worked for Trico, then at Bell. He left to join other local aviation companies, but returned to Bell, where he specialized in micro-miniaturization. He was part of the team that produced the guidance system for the Galileo spacecraft, which explored Jupiter. He retired in 1986.

He learned piano and violin at an early age - his mother was a music teacher - and he played violin with the Buffalo Junior Philharmonic Orchestra.

He also planted thousands of evergreen trees on farm he owned near Franklinville, and he tapped the sugar maple trees there to make maple syrup.

His other accomplishments included growing vegetable and flower gardens, building bookcases and learning accounting.

He was a lifetime member of the Tonawanda Sportsmens Club and, until a few weeks ago, swam twice weekly at the Tonawanda Aquatic and Fitness Center.

In retirement, he and his wife, the former Rosemary A. Kazus, traveled extensively, took many cruises and maintained a winter home in Indian Shores, Fla. They were married 62 years, until her death in 2011.

Mr. Bergner is survived by two daughters, Donna Internicola and Shirley; a son, William; and seven grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court, Amherst.





Amherst Chapel
5200 Sheridan Drive
Amherst, NY US 14221
Monday, November 6, 2017
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St. Gregory the Great Church
200 St. Gregory Court
Williamsville, NY US 14221-2634
Monday, November 6, 2017
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Mount Calvary Cemetery
800 Pine Ridge Heritage
Buffalo, NY US 14225
Monday, November 6, 2017


SPCA Serving Erie County (W. Seneca)
300 Harlem Road
West Seneca, NY 14224