Henry C. "Hank" Berge, 80, Altoona, passed away peacefully Saturday evening at his residence, surrounded by his family.
He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., son of the late Henry Charles Sr. and Mary (Highduch) Berge. On Dec. 31, 1960, he married Elizabeth A. “Betty” Galvin at Saint Jerome Church, Brooklyn, N.Y., and she preceded him in death on April 29, 2006.
Surviving are a daughter, Barbara Majczuk and husband, Joseph, of Freehold, N.J.; a son, James Berge and wife, Mary, of Stamford, Conn.; a granddaughter, Corinne Gibney; a grandson, Liam Berge; his aunt, Lillian Ilian, whom he was the caregiver of; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Berge.
Hank was a graduate of Erasmus High School, Brooklyn, N.Y. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Wasp CVS-18. Hank was employed by Verizon as a special systems technician.
He was a member of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. Berge was a member of Fort Apache VFW, American Legion, UVHA Bellwood, Buccinese Society, Eagles, Unter Uns, Bavarian Aid Society and the Swiss Club, where was the Trustee and flag caretaker.
Hank enjoyed playing bocce, spending time with his many friends, always buying the first round of cheer, driving his car, dining out with friends and most of all, spending time with his children and grandchildren.
A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. A celebration of Henry’s life will be held at a later date after the COVID-19 danger subsides. Committal will be at Alto-Reste Park. Arrangements are by Stanley J. Krish Funeral Home Inc., 1204 17th St., Altoona Expressions of condolences can be shared at www.krishfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or in memory of his wife Betty to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 198, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648.
Dear friends of the Unter Uns:
It is with a heavy heart that we must say goodbye to our dear friend, Hank Berge. During this time of social distancing, it is not possible to pay our respects in the traditional way, therefore we are thinking outside the box and we are asking everyone to join us for a “drive by vigil” from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2020, in the Unter Uns parking lot. We ask that you drive up 14th Street, with your four ways on, and enter the parking lot near the fence to drive by Hank’s car. We will set up a table for flowers and cards. Please take a moment to say your goodbyes and exit the parking lot to 15th Street. Due to COVID-19, please do not park in the lot. A celebration of Hank’s life is being planned once the quarantine is lifted.