Our mother, Gerry Bejin, passed away on November 8, 2019. She was born Geraldine Genevieve Alexander (quite a mouthful for a little kid) November 25, 1925, in Sheboygan, WI. She would have turned 94 later this month. Mom grew up in Rockland, WI, a small rural community east of La Crosse, and attended school in Bangor and Sparta. She moved with our grandparents, George and Jennie, to Chippewa Falls and completed her senior year at Chi-Hi. She met our father, Bruce Bejin, and they were married for 42 years prior to his passing in 1992.
Together, they raised six amazing children (if we do say so ourselves) on Lake Wissota. They are: Denise (Steve) DeLong, their daughter, Aimee (Brad) Rowe and their sons, Greysen and John Wesley; Debra Bejin, her son Charlie Licht (Lissa Skoglund) and their sons, Wyatt and Waylon; Suzette (Dave) Joles, their daughters, Jennie (Michael) Lusky, Mollie (fiancé Kris Nordlof), and their daughters, Breannin and Kylie, and Abbie; Bruce (special friend, Betty Mense), his son, Ben and his daughters, Olivia, Lydia, and Eve, and daughter, Jessica (Shane) Erickson and their children, Isaac, Stella, and Hazel; Sally (Brian) Kary, their sons, Jacob and Noah; and finally but certainly not last, Valerie (Scott) Herrick, their children, Kayla (Ben) Poppe, and their daughters, Kennedi, Hadley, and Elaine; and Allysa Michal and her son, Easton, and Shannon (Katrina) Herrick and their daughter, Emalynn, and Adam Herrick, and his son, Braxton.
Prior to starting a family, Mom was a beautician and throughout her life always enjoyed making sure her hair was properly coiffed. After raising our family, Mom continued to be busy cooking, canning, and baking. And, she loved her dogs, especially Mitzy and Sammy. She had a real passion for knitting until her eyesight made that hobby too difficult. For many years after our Dad passed, she enjoyed organizing funeral lunches at Holy Ghost Church, where she was a member. Mom was also a huge Packer fan and loved professional basketball.
Our family would like to give a special thanks to Sheena’s fantastic staff at Aggie’s Country Living. They lovingly called Mom Peanut and gave her and our family amazing support. Finally, a shout out to the staff of Mayo Hospice, especially Nurse Cheryl.
Funeral services will be held at 12 Noon Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at Holy Ghost Church in Chippewa Falls. Interment will be in Hope Cemetery in Chippewa Falls.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of services at noon on Wednesday, November 13 at the church.
AFTER SERVICE NOTICE:
Funeral services for Geraldine “Gerry” Bejin were held at 12 Noon Wednesday, November 13 at Holy Ghost Church in Chippewa Falls.
Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Gorman of St. Charles Church was celebrant of the funeral Mass assisted by Mass server, Leo Schulte.
Music during the Mass was provided by Judy Brist. Readings were given by Stella Erickson and Jennie Lusky. Gift bearers were Kennedi Poppe, Greysen and John Wesley Rowe and Olivia Wolf. A eulogy was given by Aimee Rowe.
Casket bearers were Ben Bejin, Jessica Erickson, Jacob Kary, Charlie Licht, Allysa Michal and Brad Rowe.
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