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Bertha Goergen

Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Bertha Caroline Goergen, 91, of Evansville, Ind., died Aug. 2, 2003, at the home of her son and daughter-in-law.

Bertha "Bert" Caroline Petersen Goergen was born July 28, 1912, in Kenosha, Wis., the first of three children of Fred and Minnie Petersen. She graduated from Kenosha High School, and took additional courses in bookkeeping. She later kept the books at the hardware store of her uncle, Hollis Hollenbeck. She was also employed by Kresge Corporation in Kenosha.

On Sept. 11, 1933, she married George Edward Goergen of Kenosha. They had three children -- Judith Kay, George Thomas and Leland Paul. In 1945 the couple moved to Evansville, Ind., where he was manager for Gasoteria Corporation. He later owned his own auto parts business, Valley Auto Parts, and Bert was bookkeeper for both operations.

Around 1960 she became a cosmetician for Woods Drug in Evansville. She was active in Holy Spirit Catholic Church and Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. In 1977, the couple retired and moved to Cherokee Village where she was active in St. Michael's Catholic Church, Cherokee Village Community Chorus, Cher-o-bees, Joyful Noise Kitchen Band, Hospice and Garden Club. She was an avid reader, bridge player and mah jong player.

Survivors include her three children -- Judith Kay Zivanovic and husband, Milan, of Brookings, S.D., George Thomas Goergen and his wife, Vicki, of Evansville, and Leland Paul Goergen of Bloomington, Ind.; a brother, Fred Petersen and his wife, Mary, of Kenosha, Wis.; five grandsons James Goergen and his wife, Mary, of Phoenix, Michael and Christopher Goergen, both of Evansville, and Jacob and Joshua Goergen, of Bloomington; and four greatgrandchildren -- Chelsea and Kaylee Goergen of Phoenix, and Paige and Jonathan Goergen of Evansville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George, in 1983, and her sister, Vivian Bothe, this year.

The funeral was Aug. 8 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Cherokee Village. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery in Hardy.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony Catholic Church, Deaconess Ohio Valley Hospice or St. Michael's Catholic Church in Cherokee Village.