PRATT — Norma Sue Bergner died Tuesday evening, Feb. 9, 2021, at Grand Plains Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, Pratt, Kans. She was 86 years old.
She was born June 25, 1934, in Loop, Texas, the daughter of Nathan and Dorothy (Utt) Bowlin. Norma was educated in Pratt schools, graduating from Pratt High School in 1952.
Norma attended Southwestern College, Winfield, Kans., where she worked at the state hospital. She studied at the University of Kansas Medical Center for a project involving the brain waves of patients at the hospital. She trained as an X-ray technician at St. Joseph Hospital (now Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph), Wichita.
She married Elmer Hilands Bergner, also known as Junior or Pete Bergner, of rural Pratt on Nov. 5, 1955, at Pratt Presbyterian Church.
Norma and Pete farmed northeast of Pratt. They raised wheat, milo, cane sorghum and alfalfa, and had a cow-calf operation. She ran tractors, drove grain trucks, helped work cattle and move them between pastures, and milked a dairy cow named Susan. They built the house in which they raised their children, Mindy, Gary and LuAnn.
While Mindy and Gary were little, she worked as an X-ray technician at Pratt County Hospital (now Pratt Regional Medical Center).
As her in-laws, Elmer and Mary (Hilands) Bergner aged, Norma cared for their daily needs.
She was a member of Pratt Presbyterian Church, where she served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher for many years.
Norma was a community leader in the Glendale Reapers 4-H Club, and she served as a club and county project leader in knitting and entomology.
At the Pratt County Fair, she was a sheep barn superintendent and entomology superintendent.
She loved to read. Her interests included genealogy and the Civil War. She and Pete took a road trip to Wyoming in the late 1970s. Just days after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, they took another road trip to Civil War battlefields in the east and to Washington, D.C., as well as to Norfolk, Virginia, where Pete had served in the U.S. Navy.
She and Pete were members of BPOE Lodge No. 1451, Pratt. Norma belonged to a bridge club and Saratoga Community Club.
Survivors include her children, Melinda Sue (Mindy) Carls of Orion, Ill., Gary Steven Bergner of Wichita and Dr. LuAnn Bergner of Pratt; grandchildren, Ben Carls, Dr. Kerry (Carey) Carls, Ashley (Aaron) Pauls, Jared (Anna) Bergner and Tyler Dorman; great-granddaughter, Ember Skye Bergner; and many nieces and nephews, and their children.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her sister, Linda Lou Bockius, and brother-in-law, Billy Guy Bockius; and a son-in-law, the Rev. William Eugene Carls.
Cremation has taken place. A graveside memorial service will be held at a later date at Greenlawn Cemetery, Pratt.
Memorials may be made to Pratt Presbyterian Church or Pratt County 4-H Foundation in care of Larrison Mortuary, 300 Country Club Road, Pratt. Online condolences may be made at www.larrisonmortuary.com.
Posted online on February 19, 2021