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In Memory of Bruce Bergeron

Mass of Christian Burial Live Stream

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wednesday April 6, 2022
St. Patrick Catholic Church
1500 Vine Street
Hudson Wisconsin


4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tuesday April 5, 2022
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

Bruce G. Bergeron, age 63 of Hudson died March 25th, 2022 at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis following a brief illness. Bruce was born on December 19, 1958; the son of James and Arlene (Britz) Bergeron. He was raised in Crystal, Minnesota before moving into a home his father built in Prior Lake, where he later attended high school. As a young man, he became an entrepreneur as he managed his own paper route, even taking over all 3 of his older brother’s routes. From there, he worked at a gas station where he met his wife and they both went on to work at a record shop. On April 7, 1979, he was united in marriage to Sherry J. Pahl at the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Prior Lake. This union would be blessed with two children; Nicole and James. He went to work for his younger brother, Dave, who was a Domino’s Pizza franchise in 1985. He worked his way through the ranks before opening his own franchise in Hudson with his wife Sherry by his side in 1987. He was incredibly passionate about his business and would often describe himself as having pizza sauce running through his veins. In 2014, as the food industry was ever evolving, they decided to retire to spend more time with family. 

Bruce loved boating as the family has great memories of pulling anchor on Hudson’s Beer Can Island or Lake Kabetogama in Voyager National Park. Not much created more pride than watching his son James progress through the Hudson Hockey Association. He looked forward to time spent watching their games and hanging with the fellow hockey families. He enjoyed their annual trip to watch the Fighting Irish with Notre Dame’s football team. As the kids grew up, many memories were made camping at various campsites. His woodworking carpentry skills were on display as he built his own teardrop camper in his garage. He was an expert Free Cell player and enjoyed finding out what his friends were up to on Facebook. His humor and keen ability to connect with others will live on in his family and friends.

If you knew Bruce, you knew he loved photography. In high school, he got his first 35mm camera. His photography skills were self-taught and therapeutic, as it brought him great joy to capture the beauty life shares with us. From migrating birds, the Hudson Hot Air Affair, national parks, or a picturesque waterway, he seized the moment forever with a timely photo. Bruce developed a passion with his unique eye that helped him take breathtaking night photos of city life with its dazzling lights and shadows. When others called it a day, Bruce was out scouring nightlife for the perfect nightscapes shot. 

Bruce will live on in the hearts of his children, Nikki (Paul) Gernes, James (Joelle Handy) Bergeron; siblings Dan (Deb) Bergeron, Barry (Jeanne) Bergeron, Kurt Bergeron, Dave (Stephanie) Bergeron, as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family members. His parents and mother of his children precede him in death.  

Mass of Christian Burial for Bruce Bergeron will be 12pm noon, Wednesday, April 6th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Hudson and will be livestreamed on the Church’s facebook page. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 5th from 4 to 7pm with a prayer service to conclude at 6:45 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson. Visitation will also be one hour prior to the funeral mass at church. Memorials are appreciated to the discretion of the family. Funeral services entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson. 

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    • Sincere condolences. I was piloting the balloon at Hudson Hot Affair, from which Bruce was able to take those great photos looking down on the inflation field at EP Rock. He has certainly left a legacy with his photography. His service at St Pat’s was very touching and he would be proud of the tributes of a life well lived

    • Bruce is part of our Prior Lake High School Class of 77. He started attending our numerous class reunions and get togethers several years ago. It was so great to see him again as well as connect on FB. We are all in awe of his beautiful photography. We will miss his funny antics and gorgeous photos as well as his presence at our reunions. RIP Bruce.

    • Bruce was a great guy. It’s just to bad the big man on campus of Domino’s is gone. He was a great owner of the company. I would stop in and get pizza once a week from him.

    • I met Bruce in a campground in Pinedale Wyoming in 2012. He was in the site next to mine; he in his home built teardrop and me in mine. I was setting my camera up on a tripod late at night to try to take photos of the night sky, and as was his manner, he introduced himself to me, and offered to share his experience with night time photography. We kept in touch over the years, and I hoped to join him in Voyageurs National Park one day. That meeting was high up on my bucket list. I consider myself fortunate that I met him, and got to know him. He was a brilliant man, and a wonderful artist. In hindsight, I think of Bruce’s words “Take your life and make it the best story in the world!” I take this advice to heart, and will think of Bruce often, mostly when I look at the beauty of the night’s sky.

    • My condolences to Bruce’s family. I met Bruce in September of 2013 at midnight underneath the Stone Arch Bridge. It was my desire to learn night photography that i met up with a group of strangers. Since then Bruce has taught me so much about photography. Northern Lights, the Hudson Hot Air affair, Brainerd Speedway etc. Not only is he an amazing photographer – he is an equally amazing educator and so willing to share his craft with others. We had many conversations about his teardrop camper as well – he was slightly disappointed that i bought a Scamp instead of making a teardrop – but he forgave me when i showed him the alterations i made. Still not as nice as his.
      I will miss Bruce – a true friend.

    • I knew Bruce from his time at Domino’s. I was working for HPD now retired. Bruce always greeted me Hi Markie! We always had a good time talking and made great pizza for us over those years. Sometimes when we would stop for break at the Freedom had station he would bring in a pizza that he said was a mistake pizza for us to have. He did the same for the Freedom gas station employees. Bruce was kind and generous and funny. I am sure glad I got to spend some time with Bruce over these years. Truly a great man. He will be missed by a lot of folks in the Hudson community. The good news is Bruce left us all with great memories. Prayers to the family all all who will miss him greatly. God’s Peace.

    • Bruce was always a nice guy. I would get domino’s from him every week. It’s so sad he passed.

    • Nicole,
      I’m so sorry for your loss. I dated Bruce for about a year and a half several years ago. I have 3 pictures of his hanging in my apartment that I have always treasured, they mean so much to me and bring back wonderful memories. He always talked so highly of you, unfortunately we never met.
      Take care and bless you.