Niagara Gazette


January 26, 2014

James R. Bergthold, Sr.

NIAGARA FALLS — James R. Bergthold, Sr., 66, of Niagara Falls, NY, passed from this life on Saturday, January 25, 2014, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.  Born on August 27, 1947 in Niagara Falls, NY, he was the son of the late Robert and June (Lecksell) Bergthold.

Mr. Bergthold was a lifelong resident of Niagara Falls, NY and attended local schools. Jim, as he was known by family and friends, proudly served in the United States Army, during the Vietnam War, until his honorable discharge in 1968. He was the first serviceman in Niagara County to be awarded disability due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). On February 5, 1969, Mr. Bergthold married the former Nancy A. Bruns. Jim worked as a dispatcher and cab driver. He enjoyed fishing.

In addition to his beloved wife of 44 years, Mr. Bergthold is survived by three children, James R. "Tim" Bergthold, Jr., Francine (Marcus) Owens and Tracy Bergthold, all of Niagara Falls, NY; six grandchildren, Jennifer McClelland, Colton Johnson, Timothy Bergthold, Dylan Soley, Gerald Mitchell and Tristan Mitchell; five great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by one brother, Robert Bergthold.

There will be no prior visitation. If desired, memorial offerings may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301. Arrangements have been  entrusted to the care of OTTO REDANZ FUNERAL HOME, 2215 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY 14304 (716-297-9007).  

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