Wednesday, March 10, 2010

thoughts about an old friend

Before I worked for the "Man", I used to work for another man, Lew Bergstrom, at the Granada Movie theater in Reno Nevada from 1981-1986 (when I graduated from UNR) as the assistant day manager. Lew was a great man who helped me through college and some of life issues. Anyway, I had some old photos of the Granada and put them on a photo set on I had noticed that a web site called Cinema Treasures has some information on the Granada so I added links to my photos. I had heard that Lew had died some time ago but could never find any information. I did some poking around and found the following Obituary. Sadly he is missed still to this day. Lew Wallace Bergstrom, 75, of Yuba City died Aug. 28, 2000, at Rideout Memorial Hospital. Born in Quasquenton, Iowa, he was a Yuba-Sutter resident for more than 25 years. He was a district manager for United Artist Theaters, working at the State Theatre in Marysville and Sutter Theatre in Yuba City from 1955 to 1970, in Merced from 1950 to 1955 and in Reno, Nev., from 1970 to 1986. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1943 to 1946 and in the U.S. Marine Corps reserve from 1946 to 1948 and also received the honorary rank of colonel in the U.S. Air Force. He was past president and zone chair for the Marysville Lions Club; past member of Castle Air Force Base Committee and Beale Air Force Base Runway, and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Sutter Buttes Ward, serving as a local stake missionary for the past 10 years. He also was involved in the effort to build the water fountain at Ellis Lake in Marysville. Survivors include his wife, Arlene Bergstrom of Yuba City; three daughters, Karen Bassett of Yuba City, Denise Berg of Live Oak and Jeanette Mason of Loma Rica; one son, Steve Bergstrom of Las Vegas, Nev.; two sisters, Barbara J. Basham and Eleanor J. Schmidt, both of Stockton; two brothers, Romie L. Bergstrom of Sacramento and Donald Bergstrom of Lodi; 19 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, 1372 Longfellow Ave., Chico, Calif.; or the American Diabetes Association, 8912 Volunteer Way No. 10, Sacramento, Calif. Services: Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today at Ullrey Memorial Chapel. A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center on Butte House Road, Yuba City. Burial with military honors will follow at Sierra View Memorial Park.

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