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Beatrice "Bea' Rhode Messenger.

Collected and contributed by:  Bill Fonferek

.April 2, 2013 .
.Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Beatrice "Bea" Messenger, 83, Oconto, died Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013, at her home with her family by her side. Bea lived out her final days at her childhood home address of 418 Adams Street., Oconto. Bea was born July 2, 1929, in Oconto, to the late Ransom and Laurina (LeMay) Rhode. She married Francis "Tat" Messenger on June 20, 1953. He preceded her in death on April 15, 2004.

Bea is survived by three sons, Keith "Black" (Cindy) Messenger, Oconto; Ken Messenger, Oconto; Brian (Rachel) Messenger, Oconto; two daughters, Amy (Butch) Mehlberg, Oconto; Ann (Joel) Hornblad, Oconto; a brother Ransom "Buck" (Audrey) Rhode, Coleman; and eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister Ann "Tootie" Bitters.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the Gallagher Funeral Home, Oconto, from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2013, with prayer services by Chaplain Karen Ann Hanson. Visitation will continue on Saturday, April 6, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Oconto. Mass of Christian Burial will be co-celebrated by Rev. Joel Sember and Rev. Craig Alwin. Online condolences may be expressed at

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given.

Bea's famous quote was always, "I thought I was ok, but I guess I'm not."