Frank Bergstol, 76, of Ocala, Florida, passed away peacefully at his home with family by his side on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. Born on August 29, 1943, in Kristiansand, Norway, he was the son of the late Salve Bergstol and Ruth (Torresen) Bergstol. He immigrated to the United States with his family in 1953. As an immigrant and naturalized United States citizen, Frank was honored to serve in the United States Army from February 1964 until February 1966. He served in Vietnam in the First Infantry Division and was awarded the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, along with Sharpshooter and Expert Qualification Badges for M-14. Frank was also a proud member of the New York City Police Department from his appointment to the New York City Police Academy in October 1968 until he retired as a Sergeant in November 1989. During his NYPD service he received the Excellent Police Duty Award three times and was also a Rifle Expert. Frank is survived by his loving wife of over 53 years, Carol; son, Chris and wife Jessica Bergstol of Jacksonville, Florida; daughter, Annemarie and husband Chris Reilly of Chatham, NJ. He loved his five grandchildren, Henry, Alana, Matthew, Ella Grace and Anna Caroline. He was preceded in death by his sister Gloria Gjerustad in August of 2019. In retirement, Frank loved to travel, play golf and volunteer his time to various veterans’ causes. He was a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America and a Lifetime Member of the NYPD Retired Sergeants Association and the Hudson Valley 10-13 Society. Frank was a loving husband, father and grandfather and a friend to everyone. He was
known for his kindness and generosity and will be greatly missed by those who knew him. We welcome all friends and family to join us as we say our final farewell to Frank at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL, where he will be laid to rest on Friday, February 28, 2020, at 11:00 AM. Military honors will be performed by the United States Army and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Frank’s memory may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, or Hospice of Marion County FL, located at 3231 SW 34th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34474.
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Carol our prayers are with you, many good memories of our KIT Club days..
Carol our prayers are with you, many good memories of our KIT Club days…
Annemarie, my prayers are with you and your family. May your father rest in peace and God grant you all the strength that you and your family need at this time. ????????????
I worked with Frank at the NYPD Outdoor Range. My sincere condolences. RIP
Carol, Annemarie and family, Sending my love and prayers to you all. Carol I will always remember the fun stories you shared with us at lunch about your adventures with Frank. May he rest in peace. Love you all, Kelly
Carol and Frank, we were so blessed to have had you as our friends. It was our great fortune to spend so many happy, memorable times together. We will miss you Frank. You both are in our prayers always. Love you Joan & Bob
Carol, our prayers are with you and your family. Frank was a wonderful person and will be missed by many. Our Parkinson’s group will surely miss him.
Carol our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We will always remember him as a fighter against Parkinson since both Bruce and Frank had the same issues. He is now at peace in the arms of our Heavenly Father . He will be missed by all of us that knew him. ????
I also worked with Frank at the NYPD Outdoor Range. So sorry for your loss. RIP
Your father was a special good man, friend in our lives. We will miss him very much. Joan & Bob Nixon
Carol, your Frank was an amazingly kind sweet gentle man of which we only knew for past eight years while being neighbors. Wished I had the chance to know him in his prime. Such a touching obituary recounting his lifetime of accomplishments. Peace my friend???? Carol P.
Carol my prayers are with you and your family.May God continue to bless you as you go through this period in your life.
Frank was a friend for almost 40 years. He was a gentle man who is dearly missed.