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Peter Bergsneider

Born: Sun., Mar. 13, 1927
Died: Fri., Mar. 29, 2019


Memorial Service

4:15 PM Sat., Apr. 13, 2019
Location: Hatfield Funeral Home


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On Friday, March 29, 2019, Peter Bergsneider, loving husband and father of four children, passed away at the age of 92.
He was born March 13th, 1927 in San Jose de Suaita, Colombia, to Elizabeth Vets and Bart Bergsneider. Peter married Hilda Garcia on January 10th, 1952 in Bogota. In 1954, Peter and Hilda, with a toddler son, were fortunate to receive sponsorship in the United States and emigrated to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. They became U.S. citizens soon thereafter.
Peter received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Oklahoma City University, after which the U.S. military offered to train him as an electronic engineer in a special military training program. He began his career as a civil servant for the U.S. Army, being stationed in Maryland, Hawaii, and Fort Huachuca, Arizona (twice). He retired this "first career" at the Electronic Proving Ground (EPG) in Fort Huachuca after 30 years of service. A Senior Life Member of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for 53 years, Peter was a former Section Chair, Awards and Recognition Chairman in 1993, and was twice the recipient of the Regional Professional Leadership award, 1999 and 2003.

Upon returning to Sierra Vista in 1973, Peter and his four sons built a
ballet studio in back of their home. This became The Sierra Vista Ballet, a
revered family-owned business that remains a pride of the community today. With
Hilda in charge of teaching, choreography and costumes, Peter designed, painted,
and built magnificent stage sets for multiple ballets, including The Nutcracker
and Peter and the Wolf. He worked closely with the Buena High School performing
arts students, allowing them to gain real-world experience in these
productions.

Peter's other community activities included donating his time working with
middle and high school students in southern Arizona to promote engineering
awareness; helping his students to successfully compete in regional science
fairs. He was a member of the Cochise branch of Toastmasters International; a
former member of the Board of Directors for Compassion and Choices Arizona; and
was a longtime participant of the Men Who Cook culinary event. Peter dedicated
his life to using all the skills and talents at his disposal to solve the
problems which he saw before him, on both national and local levels. He had a
passion for improving the state of our educational system. Peter dreamt of a
better world and strove every day to make it so.

Peter was preceded in death by his eldest son Peter Bernard Bart (Wilma). He
is survived by his wife Hilda; sons Carl (Candee), Larry (Diane), and Marvin
(Linda); grandchildren Andrada Shaw (Augustus), Adam (Olivia), Stephanie
Alejandro, Christopher, Alexander, Bianca and Brandon; great grandchildren
Ezekiel, Audrey and Augustus Shaw, Roland; and his sister Nora Galvez
(Hector).

A memorial to celebrate Peter's life will be held on April 13th, from 4-6 pm,
at Hatfield Funeral Home, 830 5. Hwy. 92, Sierra Vista.

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Bryttany, Kayleigh and Jennifer
   Posted Thu April 04, 2019
We are very sorry to hear about the loss of Peter. We loved our time with Sierra Vista Ballet and the memories formed. Thank you for allowing our family to be a small part of such a wonderful family. Prayers for all dealing with such a loss! Hugs and kisses sent your way!