Henry M. Bergtraum

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William D. (Bill) Carr 08/30/2015 22:56:18
From: Vashon, Washington
My condolences to Danny and to Henry's family. I knew Henry through my wife, Beng-Imm. I will remember Henry for his kindness, generosity, intelligence, his interests in many things, and his faithful friendship. One day, some years ago, Henry graciously treated Beng-Imm and me to a very pleasant lunch at the Gramercy Tavern in NYC. Henry will be missed and well remembered.

Rev. Cornell Edmonds 08/24/2015 00:17:22
From: New York, New York
Your Church of the Covenant family mourns your passing. We take simple solace in the blessed assurance that your absence from the body signifies your presence with the Lord

Beng-Imm Low 08/22/2015 22:01:16
From: Vashon Island, Washington
My deepest condolences to Danny Yee, and Lisa Bergtraum and family. Henry was a very dear friend and colleague. I will miss him very much as I have over the past few years. We first met at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center when he embarked on chaplaincy training there. We nurtured our friendship over the years and enjoyed discussing matters of the heart, going to art museums, sightseeing in NYC, Italian food, and sharing meals together with Danny, especially at the Nyonya Malaysian Restaurant in Chinatown. These fond memories of Henry will keep him close to my heart. I was always fascinated by Henry's knowledge and passion for theology, arts, language, history, philosophy, culture, travel...and his love of animals. His compassionate and generous heart was visible in his ministry to the patients and family during his chaplaincy at Ronald MacDonald House. He was an astute chaplain, often willing to put himself at risk advocating for patients and their families. He took people and relationships seriously and gave of himself unselfishly. Henry was grateful for the gift of love and friendship wherever he found it. To those of us who were blessed to know Henry, our gratitude to him for having loved us in his own special way. I end this tribute to Henry with his own words from his poem "My Mind's Made Up" (July 1979), in the book of poems, "Portofino Gives Me Eyes", which Henry published in 2011: My mind's made up I cannot see Why I was meant To be just me. Tonight I'll put on foreign clothes And travel where the west wind blows. Tonight I'll cross the hemisphere And watch the reindeer standing near. Goodbye, dear Henry...until we meet again.

Alice Harrison 08/22/2015 20:02:53
From: New York
My sincerest condolences to all. We have been missing Henry for a long time, often wondering about him. So sad, such a wonderful person I considered myself very close to and lucky to know. I shall treasure the memory of him always. Again, best to you all.

April Sandmeyer 08/22/2015 12:47:07
From: New York, NY
I knew Henry Bergtraum as a sensitive and caring individual. What a great loss. May it comfort you to know he is at peace. Deepest condolences.~April


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