Beatrice M. Hodge died peacefully at her home in Rochester, surrounded by her family on January 13, 2011.Beatrice was born on April 23, 1922 to Edward and Eleanor (Hautala) Gersic in Eveleth, MN. She spent her childhood years in Eveleth, graduating from high school in 1940. Bea moved to Rochester to attend the Kahler Hospitals School of Nursing. While a student she met her future husband, Harold W. Hodge. She graduated from Kahler on October 12, 1944 and 16 days later married Harold on October 28. Beatrice worked as an RN while Harold was serving in the US Navy overseas during WWII. Upon his return, they made their home in Rochester for 45 years, raising their family. They were both involved in many community organizations. Bea and Harold retired to Sun City West, AZ, and enjoyed many sunshine activities. Bea loved sewing, gardening and traveling with family and friends. She was a member of the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Rochester and Lord of Life Lutheran Church of Sun City West. Bea is survived by her 4 children, Barbara of Red Wing, Mark (Anne DeMuth) of Fairbanks, AK, Brian (Lisa) of Rochester and Maryanne (Tom Vandini) of Sylvania, OH; 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Beatrice was preceded in death by her husband and a grandchild. The family requests that contributions be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. A Celebration of Beatrice's Life will be held for family and friends this summer.Online condolences can be sent at www.ranfranzandvinefh.com.
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Unable to reach you at the house to give my condolences when I heard of Beatrice's death. I would very much like to know when you schedule the celebration of Beatrice's life this summer.
Beatrice's first cousin
13810 Shepherd's Path #402
Prior Lake, MN 55379
Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your wonderful mother. She was a great woman and a very special friend to my mom. She was there for mom when she needed a friend and we loved Bea for that. She was always smiling and a ray of sunshine to be around. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Ed and Cherie Rian Daum
Brian and Lisa, our prayers and sympathies are with you.
I remember all of the beautiful paintings Bea had at Kruse. It gave her joy to be free and paint. May she also have peace, joy and be free now. Our thoughts are with you and her family.
Nancy & Max
Dear Brian and Lisa,
We are sorry to learn of Bea's passing away and extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this trying time.
Molly and Hugo Raimundo
Mary Anne, I am thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. I have so many fond memories of being at your home and your sweet mother! May you find comfort in knowing she is at peace with your father.
Please accept my deepest condolences upon the loss of your mother (or grandmother). May you find peace and comfort in the loving memories that surround you.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
My mom let me know about your loss. You are in my prayers.