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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Suzanne S. Bergmann, 76

Suzanne S. Bergmann of Westport died June 26 at home. She was 76.

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Suzanne Bergmann: 41-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

Born in Zermatt, Switzerland on Aug. 6, 1937, she had been a Westport resident for 41 years.

Known as Suzi, she was one of two children of Franz and Gertrude Perren (nee Camani).  Franz was a 1932 Olympic participant, representing Switzerland in the ski jump, and had a career as a mountain climber, climbing the Matterhorn over 150 times. 

Suzi was raised in Zermatt as ski racer, training on the Swiss national team until a ski crash during a downhill race put her in a coma for three days.

She subsequently moved to New York City and began working for Ford Modeling.  There was more than one Life Magazine with Suzi on the cover in the late 1950s.

She married William R. Bergmann, a Marine Corps fighter pilot she met in 1962 in Zermatt, while he was on a ski trip on leave from the USS Shangria-La, CV38, on patrol in the Mediterranean. 

They subsequently were stationed in Laguna Beach, Calif., where both Eva, their daughter, and Christian, their son were born. 

William was stationed in Danang, South Vietnam 1965-1966 and flew 132 missions over North Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and China.  During this time, Suzi, Eva and Christian were living in Lugano, Switzerland.

Upon discharge from the USMC, William and Suzi moved to Westport in 1968. There began a long romance with Compo Beach and Longshore Golf and Tennis. 

Suzi excelled at playing tennis, as well as being a fixture of the Compo Beach scene.  Both Christian and Eva where raised in the Westport school system and attended Hillspoint Elementary School, Long Lots Junior High School and graduated in 1982 from Staples High School.  Suzi loved being a committed mother and homemaker.

She started working at Hansen’s Sport Shop, beginning a career in the ski retail industry in 1979, and after working at Darien Sport Shop for over 20 years, she retired. 

She spent her remaining years gardening at her home that she loved so much, and walking along Old Mill Beach and Compo Beach, so happy and fortunate to live in Westport.

She is survived by her two children, Eva of Westport, son Chris and his wife, Bethel, of London, England and her niece Suzi Wilhelm, of Zurich, Switzerland.  She was predeceased by her sister, Eva. 

A celebration of Suzi’s life will be held at her home in Westport on Saturday, July 5 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. 

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