Born 7-28-1912 -- Died 8-2-2003
Bertha Caroline Goergen, 91, of Evansville, died Aug. 2, 2003, at the home of her son and daughter-in-law. Bertha (Bert) Caroline (Petersen.) She 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, later keeping 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, where he was manager for Gasoteria Corporation. He later owned his own auto part 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, Ark. There she was active in St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, the Community Chorus, Cherobelles, Joyful Noise Kitchen Band, Hospice, and Garden Club. She was an avid reader, bridge player, and mah jong player.
She is survived by her daughter, Judith Kay Zivanovic and husband Milan of Brookings, S.D., son George Thomas Goergen and his wife Vicki of Evansville, Ind., son Leland Paul Goergen of Bloomington, Ind., and a brother Fred Petersen and his wife Mary of Kenosha, Wis. She is also survived by grandsons -- James Goergen and his wife Mary of Phoenix, Arizona; Michael and Christopher Goergen, both of Evansville, and Jacob and Joshua Goergen, of Bloomington, and great grandchildren -- Chelsea and Kaylee Goergen of Phoenix and Paige and Jonathan Goergen.
She was preceded in death by her husband George in 1983, and her sister Vivian Bothe this year.
Funeral services were Aug. 8 at 10 a.m. at St. Michael's Church in Cherokee Village, with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery in Hardy. Ziemer Funeral Home, North Chapel was in charge of local arrangements.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony Catholic Church, Deaconess Ohio Valley Hospice or St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Cherokee Village, Ark.