86-year-old Beatrice May Goguen of North Fond du Lac passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 26, 2011, from the complications associated with open-heart surgery, at St. Luke's Hospital in Milwaukee.
She was born on April 24, 1925, in Schylerville, N.Y. to James and Mabel Smith Garner.
Beatrice worked in various Berkshire County area nursing homes and hospitals as a registered nurse and as director of nurses, for many years.
She was a woman of high integrity; she knew her own mind and she fiercely loved her family.
She was the beloved mother of George A. (Nancy) Elliman III, Fond du Lac, Walter (Kathi) Elliman, Tewksbury, Mass., and Robert Elliman, Williamstown, Mass.; and stepdaughter, Wendy E. (Alan) Gorlick, Tampa, Fla.; the loving grandmother of Aaron (Heidi) Elliman, Natural Bridge, N.Y., Rebecca Elliman (Pat Roggow) of Berlin, Wis., Katie Bowman (Jeff Gallert) of Ripon, Sara Elliman, Berlin, Sharon (Eric) Langan of Tewskbury, Mass., Dan Elliman (Ashley Rose), Tewksbury, Mass.; 15 great-grandchildren; five step great-grandchildren; and one step great-great-grandson. She will be sorely missed by her loving companion, Gordon Barrett of North Fond du Lac; her two sisters-in-law "Aunt" Norma Elliman (Leonard) Breault Giroux, Pittsfield, Mass. and "Aunt" Cecile Garner of Springfield Mo.; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, George A. Elliman II, in 1947; her second husband, Walter Elliman in 1982; her third husband, Joe Goguen in 1985; her brother, James; and her sister, Doris.
Bea loved to travel and explore; she enjoyed nature and was a member of the Wild Life Assoc. She liked to read, she was a champion at crossword puzzles, and she always walked several miles every morning. Her very favorite foods were pepperoni pizza and pecan pie.
Memorials can be made to the Wildlife Assoc.
SERVICES: A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, at noon, at the Cathedral of St. Paul, 51 W. Division St.,in Fond du Lac.
A pizza party will follow at Trakel Hall at the Cathedral of St. Paul.
VISITATION: The family will receive guests from 11 a.m. until the time of the noon service.
The Twohig Funeral Home of Fond du Lac is assisting the family with arrangements. An online guest book and condolences for the family are available at twohigfunerals.com
Fond du Lac, Wis.
Nov. 2, 2011