GLADSTONE - Bernita "Bea" Waeghe has joined our Heavenly Father, in eternal life, after suffering from complications due to a heart attack on Sunday morning, Nov. 4, 2012. Bea was the last of nine children born to William (Billy) and Mary Girard, on March 18, 1930. She graduated from Gladstone High School in 1948.
On June 25, 1949, she married Edmund "Babe" Waeghe, during their 55 year marriage, they lovingly raised five children and was a lifelong resident of Gladstone. Babe preceded her in death in 2004.
In Bea's younger years, Bea worked as a waitress at the Busy Bee Cafe and then at Dehlin's Drug Store as an apprentice pharmacy assistant, which she was very proud of.
Bernita ‘Bea’ Waeghe
After the arrival of her first child, Bea felt it was vital to be home with her children and became a homemaker. She dedicated her life to the Lord and to her family. She was a devoted member of All Saints Church in Gladstone, participating in many church activities, including being the organist for services. Bea always loved playing the piano and singing, she was self taught and many times you could catch her "tinkling the ivory" when stopping by for a visit with her. Even through all her trials and tribulations, her devotion to her family and her faith in the Lord always remained her first priority. Bea loved life, and she often amused her family with her countless little "quirky" sayings that kept her children with a S-M-I-L-E on their faces.
Each Christmas, she meticulously placed each strand of tinsel on the family tree, transforming it into the most gorgeous Christmas tree any child would be in awe of on Christmas morning, along with each gift that was always wrapped to perfection and beauty.
She loved to decorate for each holiday throughout the entire year which always made home a warm and welcome place to be.
She will always be remembered as a truly amazing woman, her love and support of her family is undeniable and she will be deeply, deeply missed by her children who deeply love her with all their hearts.
Bea leaves behind three daughters, Gloria (Steve) Kohnert of Gladstone, Patty (Jeff) Lundquist of Ford River, Mia (Joe) Maki; two sons, Mike Waeghe, who lived with her and Terry (Regina) Waeghe, all of Gladstone. She also leaves behind 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, as well as her in-laws, Marguerite Girard, Betty Waeghe, Irene (Don) Weber, Angel Waeghe, Bill (Joyce) Waeghe; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her devoted husband of 55 years, Edmund J. "Babe;" her parents, William "Billy" and Mary Girard; her four brothers and their spouses, William Jr., Lowell, Adolph (Betty), and Eddy (Agnes) Girard; her four sisters and their spouses, Ione (Wilbur) Whitburn, Louella Clark, Gloria (Earl "Bud") Bourdlais, Gerry (Tom) Gerovac; special niece, who was more like her sister, Sharon Weber; her mother and father in-law, Charles and Flora (Reubens) Waeghe; as well as brothers-in-law, Louis "Butch" Waeghe and Robert Waeghe; grandchild, Nicholas Maki; great-grandchild, Zachary Longnecker; and numerous nieces and nephews, have all arrived in Heaven before her.
At the request of the Waeghe family, no public visitation will be held.
Mass of Christian Burial services to celebrate the life of Bea Waeghe is scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m. at the All Saints Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Ronald Timock officiating.
Luncheon will follow in the All Saints Parish Hall.
Contributions in Bea's name may be directed to the All Saints Catholic Church. Envelopes will be available at the Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Waeghe family with arrangements.
Messages of condolence to Bea's family can be offered online at www.skradskifuneralhomes.com.