Kathleen M. Bergman (nee Egan), 49, of Chatham, NJ, passed away peacefully at home on February 23 surrounded by her loving family. She was two-months shy of her fiftieth birthday having waged a courageous two-year battle against brain cancer (glioblastoma). Kate was a beloved wife, mother, daughter and aunt. She is survived by Andy, her spouse of 23 years, sons Charlie and Andrew, daughter Kylie, parents Joseph and Margaret Egan of Chatham, and brother John Egan of Rumson. She is also survived by her beloved Aunt Gera of Boston, Aunt Mary Lou of Brookline, MA, Uncle Mike of Naples, FL, six loving cousins, seven nieces and three nephews. She is pre-deceased by Uncle Jack and cousin John of Norwood, MA.
Known to her friends as Kate, she was born in Norwood, MA, and moved to Chatham, NJ, shortly after. She is a graduate of Chatham Township High School (’88) where she was a standout field hockey and lacrosse player, and Providence College (’92), where she played Division 1 soccer for three years as a walk-on. She cherished her time at Providence, the Dominican tradition, and especially the lifelong friendships that she made.
Kate built a career in insurance brokerage after college, employed by Aon and Marsh & McLennan in New York City. She resided in Hoboken and then New York upon her marriage to Andy in 1996. There she enjoyed aerobics classes, running in Central Park, reading, dinners out and the theatre. Kate and Andy loved their time in the city and were always merrily surrounded by college and work friends.
Ultimately they decided to move back to Chatham, where they had first met, to raise a family. Kate loved being an active Mom and raising her three children. She devoted herself to her family and running the household. She also pursued her varied interests such as coaching, running, cross fit, bar method, spinning, skiing, golf, book club and red wine. Kate had a lifelong love affair with Cape Cod, her “happy place,” where the family vacationed almost every summer.
The family will host a wake at Bradley Funeral Home in Chatham on Friday, February 28 from 4-8 PM. There will be a funeral mass at Corpus Christi Church, 234 Southern Blvd. Chatham Township, NJ on Saturday, February 29 at 10 AM.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the Overlook Foundation and please designate the Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center, 99 Beauvoir Ave. Summit, NJ 07901.