Gwendoline Louise Kendall Beer, a long time resident of Waltham, MA, passed away peacefully surrounded by family, Wednesday the 17th of January 2018 at Benchmark Senior Living in Robbins Brook in Acton, MA.
Gwen leaves her son Peter and his wife Jessica Beer of Westford, MA, daughter Lisa O'Shea and her wife Georgann John of Fairport, NY and daughter Lori Beer of Poughkeepsie, NY. She also leaves her 4 grandchildren: Cory, Jacob, Max and Bretta. She was predeceased by her brother Francis Kendall.
Gwen was born June 23, 1933 in Hartford, CT to Gladys Louisa Goddard Kendall and Raymond Osgood Kendall. She studied for 2 years at Springfield College and transferred to Danbury State Teachers College where she received an associate's degree in 1955. Originally from Middletown, CT, Gwen grew up in Seymour. She helped out in her Aunt and Uncle's General Store, grew to love animals and enjoyed riding her pony "Chiefy". After college, Gwen worked at the Newington Home and Hospital for Crippled Children. In 1956, while visiting her mother who was the head nurse on the surgical floor at Griffin Hospital in Derby, CT, Gwen's mother introduced her to a friendly first year Yale med student, Frank Beer, who was working nights at the hospital. The two became friends and in Gwen's words "she chased him until he caught her". Gwen and Frank were married June 21, 1957 in Seymour. The couple moved to New Haven, CT where she gave birth to her son, then twin daughters and also acquired a treasured family dog, "Lady". In 1965 the family moved to Laconia, NH. In 1970 they moved back to Frank's hometown of Waltham, MA where Frank became a surgeon at Waltham Hospital. Just six days after Gwen's passing her beloved husband of 60 years, Dr. Frank Beer, also passed on peacefully. They are reunited and a testament that true love knows no bounds.
Gwen was quick to laugh and join in song. She loved her canoe rides with Frank, swimming in the brook in Connecticut and the family vacations to York Beach, Maine. She also enjoyed reading as much as sitting around the dinner table with family and friends and sharing stories of her youth. Even though she was mostly blind from a young age, Gwen never felt sorry for herself and raised a healthy family and lived a dutiful life as a surgeon's wife.
A memorial service will be held for Gwen and her husband Frank on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Acton Funeral Home in Acton, MA. Their ashes will be laid to rest privately at the Beer Family plot at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA. Memorial gifts in Gwen's memory can be made to your local hospice care center or animal shelter.