Services for Frederick E. Bergner, a founding partner of a Hamilton refrigeration business, will be at 10:30 a.m. today at the John C. Miller funeral home, 6415 Belair Road.
Mr. Bergner died Thursday at Good Samaritan Hospital of congestive heart failure after suffering from chronic lung disease. He was 77.
He began his career at Bozman Refrigeration in Baltimore in the late 1920s, starting as a mechanic. He stayed with the company until 1975, when he left a position as service manager to start his own business.
Along with James Fisher, Mr. Bergner founded Ability Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Inc., which he helped run until his death.
For more than 40 years, he was a member of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America. He also was an avid boater who spent much time each summer piloting his power boat, Miss Kyle, which he kept at a summer home in Middle River.
Mr. Bergner, who was born in Baltimore, attended Gwynns Falls Junior High School. He was a Hamilton resident for 36 years.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Marie Jefferson; two sons, Frederick E. Bergner Jr. of Fullerton and Richard L. Bergner of Crofton; two daughters, Erna B. Straw of Monrovia and Kathleen F. Andrews of San Diego, Calif.; two sisters, Ida Sprainis of Glen Burnie and Viola Crawford of Catonsville; and eight grandchildren.
The family suggests yjsy contributions be made to St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 7001-11 Harford Road, Baltimore 21234.