Beatrice Lundgren (1918-2019)
Bea Lundgren left this world on February 1, 2019, after spending over one hundred
years in loving service to humanity. She died at home, surrounded by people who loved her.
Bea was born on October 7, 1918 in Marshfield Wisconsin.
She was one of two children born to Richard and Rose (Lamer) Bahr. Bea graduated
from UW Madison and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Education from UW Milwaukee. In
1942, she married Henry Quentin Lundgren and their children Jon and Ellyn followed. They later
divorced and Bea moved to Kenosha to become a teacher.
Bea taught at Sunnyside Elementary School (later Grevenow) until her retirement in
1983. During her time as a 1st and 2nd grade teacher, Bea was passionate about teaching
children to read, often opening her home in the summer so that children could continue to read,
write, paint, and learn.
Devoted to social justice and community service, Bea was a joyful and valuable
volunteer at her church and for many causes and organizations. Her selfless contributions made
her a hero to those who aspired to putting love for others into action.
Bea is survived by her son Jon (Terri) Lundgren and her daughter Ellyn Lundgren. She is
further survived by her beloved grandchildren Heidi Lundgren, Sara (Michael Flath) Lundgren
and Abby (Michael) Line and by her great-grandchildren Vivienne, Sabine, Maxwell, Elias, and
Whitney who she referred to as her “cherubs”.
Preceding Bea in death were her parents and her brother Richard. After death, she has
also been reunited with many friends and family members, especially her dear friends Homer
and Louise Bishop.
Bea’s life will be celebrated on Saturday March 16, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at her church
home Bradford Community Church Unitarian Universalist (5810-8th ave). In lieu of flowers,
memorials to the Shalom Center, Hospice Alliance or Bradford Church would be appreciated.
Bea’s family would like to express gratitude to the many people who cared for her and
allowed her to remain in her little red house until the end of her life, most notably Virginia
Robinson, Gabrielle Zapp, Connie Russell, Al and Cathy Rausch and countless others who
were inspired by Bea’s example to be of service with kindness and joy.
If you wish to do something in Bea’s memory, plant a garden.