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Elizabeth M. Bradley, age 89 of Wausau formerly of Antigo died September 12, 2013 in New Hampshire while visiting her friend Bill DeLong. The couple renewed their friendship at their 70th class reunion in 2011 and have enjoyed each others company the past few years.
She was born January 23, 1924 in Appleton the daughter of Simon Peter and Clara Marie (Mollen) Van Gorp.
Raised in Appleton, she was a 1941 graduate of Appleton High School and received a degree in social work from Lawrence University, Appleton in 1945. She was a member of the Lawrence University Band where she played the oboe.
She married John H. Bradley on May 4, 1946 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Appleton. He preceded her in death January 11, 1994.
Following her marriage, she moved to Milwaukee and in 1947 moved to Antigo. In 1999 she moved toWausau where she was employed at Bradley Chiropractic from 1999 until 2012.
Mrs. Bradley was Past president of The Woman's Club of Antigo, past chairperson of the Fine Arts Department , Volunteer at Eastview Medical Rehabilitation Center conducting Creative Writing and Poetry Classes, Langlade County Committee on Aging volunteer delivering meals on wheels, and was involved with bridge clubs in Antigo. She was the recipient of the Antigo Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award in 1992 for establishing the LeRoyer Hospice Program at Langlade Memorial Hospital. She was a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader, and a member of the Sparks-Doernenburg American Legion Post #3 Auxiliary, the Leland Tollefson Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary 2653, and the Langlade County Cabane Locale #1204, La Society de Femme, all of Antigo.
In Wausau she was a member of First Universalist Unitarian Church, she volunteered at the Woodson Art Museum and at the Marathon County Public Library. She was a member of American Association of University Women and the Metro Club.
Surviving are two daughters, Kathleen Bradley Appleton, Barbara (Allen Limberg) Bradley Wausau; six sons, Stephen (Mary) Bradley Antigo, Mark (Ann) Bradley Wausau, James Bradley Rye, NY, Patrick (Karrye) Bradley Weston, Joseph (Deb) Bradley Harshaw, Thomas (Laurel) Bradley Antigo; 20 grandchildren, five great grandchildren; four sisters, Marquerite Van Gorp Appleton, Marcella "Sally" Pendergast Appleton, Catherine Meixl, Neenah, Petronella Vanden Heuvel Appleton; a sisters-in-law, Jacquelyn Van Gorp LaGrange, IL.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John H. Bradley and parents, two brothers Roman and Eugene Van Gorp and a sister Dorothy Kiley.
Funeral services will be held at First Universalist Unitarian Church, corner of 6th and Grant Steets in Wausau on Tuesday Sept. 17, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Paul Beckel officiating.
Interment will take place in the Queen of Peace Cemetery in Antigo.
Visitation will be on Monday from 3:30 - 8 p.m. at the Bradley Funeral Home 1550 Neva Rd. (Hwy 45) Antigo and on Tuesday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services.
Contributions may be made to the UW-Marathon County Foundation or to the Universalist Unitarian Church, Wausau.
Online condolences at www.bradleyfh.com.
Bradley Funeral Home
1550 Neva Road Antigo, WI 54409
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Sept. 14, 2013