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Harold Henry Bergeron
Harold Henry Bergeron, 104, of Essex Junction, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 2nd. He
was born January 18, 1915 in Colchester, VT, to Joseph and Ethel (Houghton) Bergeron. He was
salutatorian of his class when he graduated from Essex Junction High School in 1934. On February 17,
1943, he married Mary Amelia Valyou, and their union produced a daughter, Ann (Lawrence) Yandow,
also of Essex Junction who has been a devoted caretaker.
He served in the US Army, 66th Infantry, from April 1943 to January 1946. He was aboard the ship
“Leopoldville” heading for the Battle of the Bulge when it was torpedoed in the English Channel on
December 24,1944. As company clerk, he reconstructed the company roster from memory as all
records were lost when the ship went down. He spent one year in France and earned the Bronze Star.
He served as Commander of the Harris E. McKenzie VFW Post in the 1950s and was a life member of
the Essex Junction VFW Post #6689. In 2013, he was recognized as Vermont’s Oldest VFW Veteran.
In 2014, he was presented the French Legion of Honor Medal in a ceremony at the statehouse in
Montpelier. In November, 2018, he was one of several veterans presented with a Quilt of Valor at the
convention of the National Grange.
He joined Colchester Grange #456 in 1930, where his parents and grandparents were charter
members. Upon his return from military service, he rejoined the Grange in Essex Center. He actively
served in various capacities in local, county and state Grange. He served as State Master/President
from 1980 to 1984. He and Mary enjoyed traveling the country to various National Grange conventions
where they made many friends.
He was employed by Penrose Garage where he worked as bookkeeper and parts manager. He
continued to work as parts manager/bookkeeper for various automobile dealers in Chittenden County.
Throughout his life, he volunteered for his church and various community and civic organizations,
including as an election worker for the Village of Essex Junction. He also worked in the finance office of
the Champlain Valley Exposition for twenty years.
In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his grandson, Chris (Nicole) Yandow, two
great-grandsons, Bradley and Camden Yandow, his “adopted daughter” Linda Wilds, and her family,
also several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary, to whom he was faithfully
devoted for 74 years, son-in-law Larry Yandow, his parents and seven siblings: Frances, Alfred,
Lawrence, Marion, Clara, Ethel and Wilfred.
Visiting hours are Thursday, March 7th from 2 to 5pm at the Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home, 9
Pleasant Street, Essex Junction, with a Grange service at 4pm. A funeral service will be held Friday,
March 8th at 3pm at the First Congregational Church, 39 Main Street, Essex Junction. A private burial
will be held in the Spring.