Funeral services for Bridget Massingale were held on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wood Community Hall in Wood with Father David Matzko officiating.
Music was provided by Linda Blom, vocalist and pianist.
Casket bearers were Luke Massingale, Lon Massingale, Lane Masingale, Roy Stevicks, Ray Stevicks, Ted Stevicks and Lee Stevicks.
Interment was in the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis. Clausen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Bridget ‘Bea’ Angela Massingale was born October 16, 1928 near Wood on the Thunder Creek to John and Mary (Dittman) Rohloff.
Bea was raised on a farm near Wood, the third of four children. She taught school for a year and later met Ross Massingale. They were married May 14, 1948 and to this union four children were born: Dian, John and the twins Bill and Betty.
Bea and Ross ranched and had a spraying operation. She enjoyed living on the ranch, gardening, fishing, traveling and her grandchildren.
After her husband’s passing, Bea became friends with Duane Dvorak. They enjoyed time together in Wood where she also enjoyed gardening, her pets and having coffee and treats for her frequent visitors. They enjoyed taking the grandchildren fishing, hunting, boating and trips to the cabin in the Black Hills. They enjoyed yearly trips to Alaska sightseeing and fishing for salmon. Together they had many adventures until Duane’s passing in September of 1991.
After this Bea met Willis (Kiki) Dickson and spent the rest of her time with him. The two enjoyed going out, going to the casino and visiting kids and grandchildren. Upon moving to Valentine, NE, she lived in an apartment before moving to the Cherry Hills Assisted Living. She enjoyed her time there until moving to the TLC Assisted Living in Burke, so she could be closer to her daughter.
She lived there until her passing. She died December 4, 1916 at the Community Memorial Hospital in Burke at the age of 88 years.
Bea is survived by her children: Dian (Carrol) Dodds of Warsaw, MO; John (Mona) Massingale of Wood; Bill (Kay) Massingale of Wood; and daughter Betty (Roy) Stevicks of Burke; her sisters: Mary Ambur, Aurline and Jr. Green and many nieces and nephews and friends. She is also survived by her grandchildren, great and great-great-grandchildren and a special friend, Kiki Dickson.
Bea was preceded in death by her husband, Ross; her parents; her in-laws: John and Bertha; her step-father Walt Hagman; her brother, John; her brother-in-law Ed Ambur; her grandson, Michael Massingale, and great-grandchildren: Rhadd, Rayna and Reeve Oliver and Jayden Mcpartland.