Bernice “Bernie” Emma Gorman

Bernice “Bernie” Emma Gorman

Cross Plains: We are sad to announce that Bernice “Bernie” Gorman passed away on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012 at the age of 78.

Bernie was born in the township of Round Grove, MN on Jan. 31, 1934, daughter of Oliver and Mary Victorian. She graduated as homecoming queen from Brownton High School in 1953, and later moved to Madison, WI where she began a lifelong career as a caregiver. While working at the University of WI Hospital, Bernie met and married her husband John, of 51 years, with whom she raised four children. She continued her passion of caring for others as a Nurses Aid at the Black Earth Manor in Black Earth, WI. Later, she spent many years nurturing the imagination of children through stories, art, and song, as a teacher at the Little Red Preschool in Cross Plains, WI. As an active member of her community, Bernie served the Saint Francis Xavier Parish as a long time Catechism Instructor, Eucharistic Minister, and funeral food service provider. She also spent the past several years as a volunteer for the Cross Plains Historical Society, and Dane County’s Old Halfway Prairie Schoolhouse in the town of Mazomanie, WI.

Additionally Bernie enjoyed sponsoring disadvantaged youth through the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging. She devoted her free time to her love of gardening, nature, reading, scrapbooking, and supporting the artistic endeavors of her children.

Bernie is preceded in death by her parents, Oliver and Mary (Oberlin) Victorian, and brothers Melvin and Howard.

She is survived and lovingly remembered by her husband John, her four children Brian, Daniel, Carolyn and Paul, her brother Tony Victorian and wife Joanne, her sister Marian Kostecka, and many other relatives and friends.

A small private service will be held for family and friends in her memory. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.