Elizabeth M. Bradley, age 89 of Wausau formerly of Antigo died September 12, 2013 in New Hampshire while visiting her friend Bill DeLong. The couple renewed their friendship at their 70th class reunion in 2011 and have enjoyed each others company the past few years.
She was born January 23, 1924 in Appleton the daughter of Simon Peter and Clara Marie (Mollen) Van Gorp.
Raised in Appleton, she was a 1941 graduate of Appleton High School and received a degree in social work from Lawrence University, Appleton in 1945. She was a member of the Lawrence University Band where she played the oboe.
She married John H. Bradley on May 4, 1946 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Appleton. He preceded her in death January 11, 1994.
Following her marriage, she moved to Milwaukee and in 1947 moved to Antigo. In 1999 she moved toWausau where she was employed at Bradley Chiropractic from 1999 until 2012.
Mrs. Bradley was Past president of The Woman's Club of Antigo, past chairperson of the Fine Arts Department , Volunteer at Eastview Medical Rehabilitation Center conducting Creative Writing and Poetry Classes, Langlade County Committee on Aging volunteer delivering meals on wheels, and was involved with bridge clubs in Antigo. She was the recipient of the Antigo Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award in 1992 for establishing the LeRoyer Hospice Program at Langlade Memorial Hospital. She was a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader, and a member of the Sparks-Doernenburg American Legion Post #3 Auxiliary, the Leland Tollefson Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary 2653, and the Langlade County Cabane Locale #1204, La Society de Femme, all of Antigo.
In Wausau she was a member of First Universalist Unitarian Church, she volunteered at the Woodson Art Museum and at the Marathon County Public Library. She was a member of American Association of University Women and the Metro Club.
Surviving are two daughters, Kathleen Bradley Appleton, Barbara (Allen Limberg) Bradley Wausau; six sons, Stephen (Mary) Bradley Antigo, Mark (Ann) Bradley Wausau, James Bradley Rye, NY, Patrick (Karrye) Bradley Weston, Joseph (Deb) Bradley Harshaw, Thomas (Laurel) Bradley Antigo; 20 grandchildren, five great grandchildren; four sisters, Marquerite Van Gorp Appleton, Marcella "Sally" Pendergast Appleton, Catherine Meixl, Neenah, Petronella Vanden Heuvel Appleton; a sisters-in-law, Jacquelyn Van Gorp LaGrange, IL.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John H. Bradley and parents, two brothers Roman and Eugene Van Gorp and a sister Dorothy Kiley.
Funeral services will be held at First Universalist Unitarian Church, corner of 6th and Grant Steets in Wausau on Tuesday September 17, 2013 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Paul Beckel officiating.
Interment will take place in the Queen of Peace Cemetery in Antigo.
Visitation will be on Monday from 3:30 - 8 p.m. at the Bradley Funeral Home 1550 Neva Rd. (Hwy 45) Antigo and on Tuesday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services.
Contributions may be made to the UW-Marathon County Foundation or to the Universalist Unitarian Church, Wausau.
by Jack found by Jack b Bradley jnr getting old pop look over
I am "the other Betty Bradley", whom you probably heard about from your mother. I live in Dayton, OH now. I graduated from the same H.S. as did your parents, but somewhat later (1952). I was very, very sorry to learn of your mother's passing. My husband and I met your mom and had lunch with her a few years ago, and Betty and I emailed each other quite often. Please accept my sincere condolences. I have the book James Bradley wrote, "Flags of our Fathers", and my husband, Ned (now deceased) met him at our local bookstore. It was a pleasure meeting and knowing your mother. She was a very lovely lady. I was glad I found her name in an Appleton H.S. directory. Betty Bradley - Dayton, Ohio
Tom and Laurel and all the family, we are so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. (I just saw this and also apologize that I am so late in this note.) I remember how hard it was, and how good you were to my family, when my own mother passed. Sending you my sincerely condolences. Sincerely, Allison Augustyn (daughter of Elizabeth Augustyn)
My condolences to all of your Family,God Bless Betty and John,together forever now,two of the Greatest Generation.Thank You for they're service to our nation. God Bless you all, Semper Fidelis !!!
I wish to thank you for your service in support of your husband while he served his nation. It is often we forget the families of those who serve.
Bradley Family you have my prayers. Semper Fi. Sgt. Richard S. Grimes USMC (inactive)
A family of hero's. As a Navy veteran and family man my deepest condolences go out to the family. May their legacy always live on.
To all of the Bradley Family our condolences. Jim & I were not able to attend Betty's service but do remember all the fun we had as kids at "Mom & Pop's" cottage. Betty was always a joy to be around and we will miss her.
Our thought and prayers are with you all.you touch us all at FRH from the staff
I never got the pleasure of knowing your mom but I am quite sure she was an amazing woman because she raised some amazing children!!! I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for each of you as you go through this difficult time.
I had class taught by your mother over thirty years ago. She was a talented Rosemoller. I still have the handout sheets of her designs she freely gave her students. Your mother was a talented lady. You can count yourself lucky to have known her.
Kate -- You have my sympathy. I know this is not an easy time for you. May God give you His peace. I'm praying for you
My thoughts and prayers are with Steve and all of Betty's family and loved ones at this difficult time.
Ken & I are not able to be with you today but send you our deepest condolences regarding Betty. Ken got to know her before me but I was able to enjoy her friendship through exercise class and helping her with her computer. She had been a very special person to us. I am so glad she was able to meet Bill and spend their special time together. He will miss her greatly as all of us. My thoughts are with you. Christine & Ken Bisgrove
Mary and I will not be able to make it to the funeral home but we wanted you to know that our thoughts and prayer are with all of you during this time of lose. I remember the lemonade your mom served us years ago when we played basketball in your yard.
Betty was a special friend who will be missed by all. Our prayers are with the Bradley family.
Our family's thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I aspire to be half the woman she was with all of her accomplishments during her long life. She is with her beloved now. Thinking of you all, Alexia Gossett, Ryan, Ella and Wren
Our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers to the entire Bradley family as you mourn the death of your dear mother. Sincerely, Donna & Phil Loritz
To my dear friends in funeral service in the Bradley family and beyond, I extend my most heartfelt condolences to you at the loss of your mother, grandmother, spiritual leader, and quiet, almost celebrity. My best to all of you. I know you'll do fine.
When I met Mrs. Bradley in the 1970s, I knew she was a strong, inspiring woman, but I didn't know the half of it until I read this obituary. She raised a family of powerhouse kids and still had a lifetime of energy to spare. I feel honored that I had a chance to meet her. May her memory be for a blessing.
Sorry for your loss,she was a remarkable woman,she is now in the arms of her sweetheart and God has anthor Angel:-) Sincerely, Kate Vande Hey
To the Bradley Family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Mrs. Bradley was such a special lady! I remember going to your house in Antigo to work on homework with Barb - if I'm not mistaken that was the birthplace of SOBA (for Mr. Meyer's English class. Remember that presentation, Barb?). I have so much respect and admiration for Mrs. Bradley. Our loss is heaven's gain. Please know that I'm singing for her in my heart. With deepest sympathy - Teresa Fleischman Schroepfer
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It sounds like your loved one lived a very remarkable special life. We should all be so blessed as to have lived life so well.
Betty will be missed by the thousands of people whose lives she touched. I am honored to have known and spent time with Betty and her family, especially her daughter, Kate, who happens to be my best friend from before high school. My deepest sympathies go to Betty's family. I know you will miss your mother deeply, but remember, your lives are so much richer because your mother was Betty Bradley. You are in my Thoughts, Kathy Sauer
My Condolences to the family; but smile when you remember her. Betty will live on in all of your hearts and minds.
To all of the Bradley family, From this obituary, your mom sounded like a delightful woman and I remember your Father well. The Bradley family is a credit to the Antigo area and I send you all my sincerest sympathy on the loss of one you loved. May your faith and many memories carry you through your sadness.
Tom, Krisi and I are very sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. Know that you and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers. Dan and Krisi Burich Colorado Springs, CO
Deepest sympathies to Betty's family. God bless and comfort you all.
Sympathy to the whole family. Mom had me eating chicken salad with apples !!! Love to all Fluff
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