Louise M. Bigej|
August 8, 1924 - March 21, 2013
SALEM - Louise Marie Bigej passed away in peace on March 21, 2013. Louise was born in Beaver, Kansas to Wencil and Anna Boor on August 8, 1924. She grew up in Hanston, Kansas and graduated from St. Mary's of the Plains Academy in Dodge City, Kansas. She studied Nursing at Saint Rose Hospital in Great Bend, Kansas, graduating in 1946 as a Registered Nurse.
While working in Great Bend, Kansas, Louise met her husband Herbert R. Bigej and married him on June 3, 1947. For a short time they resided in Washington D.C. and then relocated to Portland, Oregon in 1948. In 1955 Herbert and Louise moved to Salem, Oregon where they lived for 57 years.
Besides Louise's role as a wife and mother, she enjoyed making her home beautiful, holidays special and meals for the family. She loved playing pinochle, sewing, and working jig-saw puzzles.
Later in her life, Louise became interested in sporting events. She loved watching her grandchildren participate in team sports, and watching college games on TV, especially University of Gonzaga's basketball team. While she did not get to see March Madness this year, she was able to enjoy watching Gonzaga achieve their number one ranking.
Louise was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Herbert R. Bigej; daughters, Mary Norris and Carol Thomas. She is survived by her brother, Leo Boor; sister, Jane Henderson; sons, James (Cindy), Charles (Beverly), David (Nan), Steven (Tiffany), Michael (Brenda) and daughters, Dona (Gene) Pfeifer, Joan (Kim) Arbuckle, Janet (David) Cerqua and Laurie Bigej. In addition she is survived by 21 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Her family will always remember her selfless love, cherish her compassion and value her steadfast commitment to be there for all of us.
A Rosary service will be held on Tuesday, March 26th at 7pm in Mt. Angel at Mt. Angel Towers. Funeral services will be held in Salem at St. Joseph's Catholic Church on Wed. March 27th at 10am. Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Services.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to the Abbey Foundation of Oregon, designating Mt. Angel Seminarians, or Willamette Valley Hospice.
The family sincerely appreciates the love and compassionate care given by the staff at Mt. Angel Towers, especially the staff of the Medical Center.
Published in StatesmanJournal on Mar. 24, 2013