McMahon Bergquist, 18
“Marty” McMahon Bergquist, of Mequon, entered eternal life on Tuesday,
Oct. 22, 2013. He was born June 10, 1995 in Milwaukee, the son of Steven
and Clare (Michael) Bergquist. He was a freshman at Purdue University
studying engineering and a graduate of Homestead High School.
Marty was a vibrant member of the Homestead High School community. He
was an excellent student who excelled in math and science. He had
natural leadership skills, significant accomplishments in academics,
theater, speech, sports and robotics, but will be most remembered for
his sense of humor, humility and kindness.
Marty was a member of the varsity cross country team and participated in
He was a member of the Junior Classical League, Curling Club, emceed the
AFS Talent Show and was a member of the National Honor Society. Marty
was the drive team captain for the Homestead robotics team that won a
berth at the World Robotics Championship in 2012. He was also a member
of the Forensics team, and he placed first at the state competition in
the category of storytelling his junior and senior years. Marty was a
member and copresident of the Drama Club; participated in One Act state
play competitions, had numerous roles in school productions and loved
every aspect of theater. He was an active member of Christ Church,
participated in First Stage and other community theater. He was very
grateful for and thoroughly enjoyed his summer internship at Rockwell
Automation in Mequon.
While he had not spent a lot of time on the Purdue campus, he loved
Boiler Gold Rush, had done the fountain run, attended all home football
games and did really well on his first set of exams. Marty was a
Renaissance guy who enjoyed cooking, gardening, traveling, gaming,
computers, building, tinkering and engineering. His gifts were many, he
used them to their fullest capacity and he shared them with everyone.
His senior quote in the yearbook summed up his life philosophy, “Love
all, trust a few, do wrong to none” (William Shakespeare).
He is survived by his parents, Steven and Clare of Mequon; his brother,
Michael; and his sister, Ingrid, both in college. He also leaves
maternal grandparents, Thomas and Dolores Michael of River Forest, Ill.;
and his paternal grandparents, Robert and Georgia Bergquist of Racine.
He is survived by great aunts, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and an
extremely special group of true friends.
The funeral was held on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m. at Christ Church
Episcopal, 5655 North Lake Drive, Whitefish Bay. Friends gathered to
greet the family in the Great Hall following the services. In lieu of
flowers, the family asks you to consider a donation to the Marty
Bergquist Memorial Fund, which will support the Homestead High School
theater program – one of the best places to learn life skills.
Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Services in Mequon has assisted
the family. For online condolences, please visit