Beatrice "Bea" Negaard
Beatrice “Bea” Negaard died peacefully on 6 December in Dayton, Ohio at the age of 81 after a brief battle with cancer. She is survived by Gordon “Nick”, her husband of 60 years, and her children Susan, Gordon Jr., Robin, Gary, Galen & Kristin.
Bea was born on 25 April 1934 in Brooklyn, New York to Felix and Mary Robles. On 7 June 1955 she married Nick, an Army Lieutenant recently graduated from West Point and lived an adventure traveling the world as a military spouse, residing in Kentucky, Alabama, Texas, Germany, Indiana, Maryland, Florida
Bea and Nick met through his roommate at West Point, Frank Ceglowski. Frank was extremely outgoing and made Bea’s acquaintance during Spring Break of 1952, during Nick’s freshman year at the academy. He gave Nick her picture and address and said, “Invite her up, I think you’d like her.” During one of their dates, Nick noticed an Oldsmobile trailing them on the West Point grounds. He realized it was four of her five brothers, coming to check him out. Fortunately, her brothers took to him and decided he was “good enough” for their only sister. Better than that, Nick hit it off with her parents, who became frequent visitors to West Point. While they were dating, Bea worked as a bookkeeper at Abels, Wasserberg and Company in New York City. Nick graduated from West Point on 7 June 1955 at 10 am, and they were married the same day in the Old Cadet Chapel at 2 pm, followed by a honeymoon trip to Niagara Falls and Montreal.
Bea was a passionate lifetime Dodger baseball fan and devoted grandmother to Daniel, Michael, John, Sarah, Andrew, Zachary, Jamie, Caroline, Nicky, Charlie, Aidan & Wren. Her fiery Latin temperament ensured life was always interesting for all those around her. She loved all animals but was particularly fond of pigs. She had a great sense of style, loved shopping and will be sorely missed by the storekeepers of Dayton. Bea had many interests, including painting, knitting, needlework and reading. She enjoyed traveling and was fortunate to visit Austria, Belgium, England, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, the Bahamas and Mexico. She will be interred at the US Military Academy at West Point, the place they met and married and one that has special meaning for both of them.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton at 324 Wilmington Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45420. The family would like to thank the caregivers of Hospice of Dayton for their dedication and tender care in her final days. Condolences may be sent to SchlientzandMoore.com