Beatrice Gagnon Obituary
Our beloved Mother, Beatrice (Bea) M. Gagnon, 91, of Waverly, Minn., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Howard Lake.
Bea was born on July 2, 1928 in Maple Lake, Minn. to Joseph and Albina (Morin) Antil. She grew up on the south side of Lake Ramsey with six brothers, Victor, James, Arthur, Larry, Jerry and Frank and two sisters, Ursula (Sue) Perra and Theresa (Tess) Guggemos. As a young girl she loved to read, swim, ice skate and dance. Bea worked at Dirck’s Grocery Store in Maple Lake as a cashier from eighth to 12th grade after school and on Saturdays. After graduation she worked for the Maple Lake Drug Store until she got married. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Maple Lake. Bea graduated from Maple Lake High School in 1946.
On April 22, 1947 Bea was united in marriage to Lawrence (Pete) Gagnon (from Waverly) at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Maple Lake by Father O’Brien. They were married 59 years before Pete’s death in 2006 and lived on the Gagnon Homestead in Wright County. God blessed this union with eight children, Steve (Gunner), Kay, Colleen, JoAnn, Mike, Ann, Mary and Patty.
She loved flowers, gardening, canning, baking bread every Saturday, playing cards, visiting family and friends, bus trips and shopping. She was a great cook and loved having family and friends over for holidays. Saturday night she was always ready for wedding dances in Waverly or at the Blue Note in Winsted. Bea loved when family came home and her grandchildren would visit. Bea worked part-time at New Beginnings as a cook.
She was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly. Always ready to help volunteer for the church’s many activities including teaching religion, communion minister, lector, adorer, circle chair, Bible studies and a member of the social ministry committee.
Bea is survived by her sons, Steve (Judy) Gagnon, Mike (Wanda) Gagnon; daughters, Kay Gagnon, Colleen (Jim) Kimberly, JoAnn (Rory) Ostgulen, Ann (Mark) Wackler, Mary Pettit and Patty (Jeff) Lehner: 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; sister, Tess Guggemos; and sisters-in-law, Carol Gagnon, New Jersey and Jean Antil, North Dakota. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers, one sister and a great-grandson, Evan LaCroix.
Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21. Visitation is Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be a Rosary service at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday and visitation from 9 a.m. 10:45 a.m., all at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly.