Carson Valley native dead at 91
Luetta (Lue) Dressler Bergevin, a member of one of Carson Valley’s pioneering families, died Aug. 24, 2013. She was 91.
Luetta was a fourth generation Nevadan. She was born Sept. 6, 1921, on the Dressler Home Ranch to Fred H. and Anna (Neddenriep) Dressler.
She was the last baby delivered by her great-great aunt, Dr. Eliza Cook, Nevada’s first woman physician.
Luetta graduated from Douglas County High School in 1940. She served as secretary of the student body, editor of the Garminada yearbook and was a member of the girls basketball team.
She continued her education at the University of Utah where she received her bachelor of science degree in nursing education and her degree as a registered nurse from St. Mark’s Hospital School of Nursing in Salt Lake City. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.
During World War II, she worked as a U.S. Naval Cadet nurse at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Seattle.
Following VJ Day, she returned to St. Mark’s in Salt Lake City where she worked as head nurse on the orthopedic floor.
In June 1946, she returned to Gardnerville. In August, Luetta married her high school sweetheart, Louis Bergevin.
He was a Carson Valley rancher and long-time state assemblyman who preceded her in death in 1998.
The Bergevins were married in the old Lutheran Church by Pastor Paul H. Felten. They lived near Mesa, Ariz., where her husband was a captain in the U.S. Air Force at Williams Field. After his discharge as a major, the Bergevins moved to Reno.
While in Reno, Luetta worked as a head nurse at Washoe Medical Center, now Renown Regional Medical Center.
The Bergevins moved to the Dressler Ranch and Carson Valley where they raised their family.
Luetta did private duty nursing at the first Carson-Tahoe Hospital for Drs. Ontie Hovendon and E.G. Hand. She volunteered at health fairs and assisted in giving the first polio injections in Carson Valley.
Luetta served on the board of the first Carson Valley Emergency Medical Center.
Following her retirement from nursing, Luetta revived her interest in art. She was a member of the Carson Valley Art Association, and the East Fork Gallery, serving as president in each. She was a charter member of the Brewery Arts Center in Carson City.
She enjoyed working with people and put in many hours assisting her husband in his many campaigns for the Nevada State Assembly.
Luetta was a lifetime member of Trinity Lutheran Church and was a substitute organist for Ruth Felten at the old church and often taught Vacation Bible School.
In 2010, Luetta moved to Merrill Gardens in Gardnerville.
She is survived by her son Lee (Sharon) Bergevin and his family; daughter Jeanne (Todd) Russell and her family; brother Frederick Dressler and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of life will be 10 a.m. Sept. 14 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1480 Douglas Ave., Gardnerville. Donations may be made in Luetta’s name to Douglas County Historical Society, 1477 Highway 395, Suite B, Gardnerville NV, 89410 or the East Fork Gallery, 1503, Highway 395 N, Suite K, Gardnerville NV, 89410.