Florence "Flo" M. Bergen, December 21, 1926 - July 23, 2017

Florence "Flo" M. Bergen

Florence M. Bergen, 90 of Chippewa Falls died peacefully on Sunday, July 23rd at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in Chippewa Falls.

Florence was born on December 21, 1926 in Radisson, Wisconsin, the daughter of Roy E. and Amy (Swenson) Metcalf.  She graduated from Cameron High School.  She married Max Henry Bergen—the love of her life—on June 14, 1947 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cameron, WI. Together they raised three children.  On June 14th they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with a special meal at the Wisconsin Veterans home with their family.  They started their married life in Greenbush, moved to Cameron where their three sons were born, Rice Lake, Mankato (Minnesota), Beloit (Wisconsin), and Chetek.  After their sons graduated from high school, Max and Florence moved to Neillsville where they owned and operated the White Horse Inn.  Upon selling the Whitehorse Inn, they moved to Loyal where Florence and Max built her dream home.  Several years later they moved to Eau Claire where Max worked for L.E. Phillips Treatment Center.  Upon retirement, they moved to The Villages in Lady Lake, Florida where they spent thirteen wonderful years enjoying golfing, swimming, and many new friendships.  Florence loved to play cards and spend many hours in the sun.  Missing their children, they moved back to Eau Claire in 2003 where they resided until they moved to The Wisconsin Veteran’s Home in January of 2015.

Florence was a loving wife and mother. Florence and Max told each other “I love you” every day. She never missed a sporting event or concert that her boys were a part of.  She was a wonderful cook which served her well when they owned the Whitehorse Inn. Florence passed on many of her special recipes to her family.  She enjoyed spending time with her family; especially her sons, daughters-in-laws, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Florence loved her crossword puzzles and never found one she couldn’t solve!

Florence is survived by her loving husband Max, sons Mark (Linda) of Holcombe, Rick of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota,  Robb (Linda) of Oakdale, Minnesota; four grandchildren, Carrie Bergen, Jennifer (Justin) Kron, Amy (Dustin) Kron, Kyle (Lydia) Bergen; and five great grandchildren, Charlie, Noah, Max, Eva, and Mila.  She is further survived by her brother Don Metcalf.  Florence was preceded in death by her parents, daughter-in-law Cheryl, Brothers Gordon, Bill, and Fritz; Sisters Jean Albrecht and Jane Jasperson.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the excellent and loving care from the staff at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in Chippewa Falls, Dr. Terry Benson, and St. Joseph’s Hospice.

Private memorial services will be held at Fuller-Speckien-Hulke Funeral Home in Eau Claire, with burial in Pine Grove Cemetery in Cameron.

In lieu of flowers; memorials may be directed to the Wisconsin Veterans Home in Chippewa Falls, 2175 E. Park Ave., Chippewa Falls, WI 54729.       

Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.fullerspeckienhulke.com. Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements. 


  1. Bernie & Jean Zylstra August 1, 2017

    We will miss Florence at our Bible study but look forward to your return Max. God be with you. He always is. Bernie at Vet. Bible study.

  2. Rev. Carlton Kangas July 31, 2017

    Max, My deepest sympathy. You had the blessings of a faithful partner for over 70 years, and you were and are a great husband, kind and generous. May God bless you in your time of sorrow. If I can help in any way, please let me know.

    Rev. Carlton W. Kangas

  3. Jana Marden July 27, 2017

    Max & Florence were sponsors of our Bowling Team for many years when they owned and operated the White Horse Inn in Neillsville, They were the BEST! Many good times were had. Thoughts and prayers go out to Max and the family at this time.

  4. Rolland and Mary Seibel (Bergen) July 26, 2017

    We wanted to send our Love and Sympathy and Prayers to Max and Family, 70 Years Together! May God Hold you all close in the days ahead!

  5. Chris Dewey July 26, 2017

    My thoughts & prayers to the family of Florence, Flo, Bergen. I have wonderful memories of Flo & Max when they lived in Chetek, WI. My parents were friends of the Bergen's and shared many good times together over the years. May God's Blessings be a comfort to her family!

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