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Bernice Gorman, 78, Cross Plains, Wis.

A small private service for family and friends will be held in memory of Bernice “Bernie” Gorman, 78, of Cross Plains, Wis.
Mrs. Gorman died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012.
Bernice “Bernie” Victorian was born in Round Grove Township, McLeod County, on Jan. 31, 1934, to Oliver and Mary Victorian. She graduated as homecoming queen from Brownton High School in 1953, and later moved to Madison, Wis., where she began a lifelong career as a care giver.
While working at the University of Wisconsin Hospital, she 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 nurse’s aid at the Black Earth Manor in Black Earth, Wis. 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, Wis.
As an active member of her community, Mrs. Gorman 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, Wis.
Additionally, Mrs. Gorman 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.
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.
Mrs. Gorman is preceded in death by her parents, Oliver and Mary (Oberlin) Victorian, and brothers, Melvin and Howard Victorian.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. To view and sign the guestbook, please visit www.ryanfuneralservice.com.
The Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2418 N. Sherman Ave., Madison, Wis., handled the funeral arrangements.