Ronald Haig Sergenian
Ronald Haig Sergenian, 88, of Portage, passed away on February 28, 2021. He was born on January 22, 1933 in Madison, to Ara and Alice (Kaprelian) Sergenian. In 1957, Ron married Alice Foley of Prairie Du Chien. He was a life long employee/owner of Sergenian’s Floor Coverings and proudly served in the US Army and National Guard from 1951-1961. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Alice, and five children: Steven, Thomas (Toni), Amy, Sarah (Steve Zauner), and Rachel (Keith) Quam. 15 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Ron is also survived by four siblings, Robert, Paul (Diane), Miriam Jeknovarian, David (Rosie) and sister-in-law, Jayne Sergenian. Ron is also survived by lifelong and beloved friend, George Fabian. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son John Michael, and siblings; Ara, Marshall, and Daniel.
Ron was the 4th of eight children to be born into their incredibly close family. He would share countless stories of his childhood and the love and adventures he had with his siblings. Ron’s bond with his family continued throughout his life and while the adventures changed, their love for each other didn’t.
On a fall day Ron met Alice Foley, both claim the other picked them up in the bar. They fell in love hard and fast and got married just a few months later on March 2,1957. Ron and Alice shared a love story like no other, building a family of their own together and going through many good and bad times, always by each other’s side. While he was proud of his service in the Army and his accomplishments with owning and running Sergenian’s Floor Coverings with his brothers; he was most proud of the life he created with Alice for his family. Their shared love for each other was both an inspiration and joy for their kids to witness. Ron taught by example and not with words - he had the unique gift of having all six of his children feeling they were “the favorite”. When you were with him you had all his attention no matter how busy he was. Ron also shared his love of the Chicago Cubs with his kids and grandkids, making the trek to Wrigley Field more times than a person could possibly count. Many of us would cringe when a ball game would go into extra innings because we knew there was no way he would leave early.
Ron planned to live forever but died peacefully while embraced in his sleep with Alice. His absence will leave a hole in all our hearts forever but especially our mom’s. They didn’t come any better than our Dad and we will forever miss his belly laugh, sarcasm, and quick smile.
Private Funeral Services to be held. Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage is assisting the family.
"They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our paths emerges for awhile,
and then closes
Within a dream. "