Beatrice E. “Bea” Thorpe, 78, of Kohler passed away early Monday morning, Oct. 25, 2010, at the Sheboygan Progressive Health Center.

Bea was born Nov. 23, 1931 in Ames, Iowa, daughter of Carl and Opal (Thomas) Briley. She was a 1949 graduate of Ames High School and received her bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in 1953 in household equipment testing. She was a member of Gamma Phi Beta Social Sorority, Omicron Nu Honorary Sorority and The Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Sorority.

On April 3, 1954, she married Lawrence R. Thorpe in Ames.

Following graduation, she worked as an engineering aide at General Electric Co. in Schenectady, N.Y., and the Convair Co. in San Diego as an engineering technician. Bea was employed with Weber Marking Systems in Arlington Heights, Ill., for 17 years until her retirement in 1981. Following her retirement, she assisted her husband in his business. She relocated to Kohler in 1995.

Bea was a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church in Sheboygan where she was active in the Missions Committee. She also volunteered in the reading program at Kohler Public Schools.

Bea enjoyed investing, reading nonfiction, traveling, cooking and dancing.

Bea is survived by her husband Larry; one daughter, Nancy (David) Wright of Kohler; two sons, Richard (Judy) Thorpe of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Robert Thorpe of Kohler; two grandchildren, Kelsey and Logan Wright; and a sister-in-law, Eleanor Buehler of Brandon, S.D.

Bea was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter-in-law, Debra Thorpe.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Sheboygan with the Rev. Henry Verfuerth officiating. Burial will take place in Woodland Cemetery in Kohler.

Relatives and friends may call at Wenig Funeral Home in Sheboygan Falls on Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 5-7 p.m. and also at the church Thursday from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service at 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Bea’s name for St. Luke United Methodist Church or the United Cerebral Palsy Association.

For online condolences and additional information, please visit www.wenigfu The staff of the Wenig Funeral Home of Sheboygan Falls is assisting the Thorpe family.

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