Juan “Delfin” Carvajal Bergonia
Juan “Delfin” Carvajal Bergonia died May 26. He was 86.
Bergonia was born on June 14, 1934, to Genoveva Carvajal and Victorino Bergonia in Bolinao, Pangasinan, Philippines. He married his sweetheart, Merofe Aquino Bergonia, on Jan. 24, 1955. He served in the Philippine Navy from 1963 to 1983, serving as quartermaster, before immigrating to the United States in 1983.
He was a hard-worker, taking on various jobs to support his family before being employed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a custodian from 1989 to 2000. He served as president of the Livermore Filipino-American Association from 1995 to 1997. He was an avid and passionate ballroom dancer, particularly the tango. He won dancing contests together with his wife.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 66 years, Merofe Aquino Bergonia. He is also survived by his children, Fe Bergonia Palma, Maximo Aquino Bergonia, Rosemarie Aquino Bergonia, Nicanor Aquino Bergonia, Victorino Aquino Bergonia, and Floradelcielo Bergonia King; his seven grandchildren, Nico Bergonia, Alison Bergonia, Tristan Bergonia, Keale Bergonia, Danae Bergonia, Richard Juan “RJ” King, and Leilani Bergonia; and his siblings, Julita Tabucol, Clarita Caasi, Josefina Calado, Remedios Bauzon, and Juanito Bergonia. He is predeceased by his siblings, Abundio Bergonia, Leonida Paredo, and Barbara Carino.