CSJ Associate Beatrice (Bea) Circe
CSJ Associate Beatrice Elizabeth Frank Circe, 85, of Schenectady passed away Thursday, June 10, 2010 at Ellis Hospital.
Bea was born in Schenectady on March 9, 1925, daughter of the late William Joseph Frank and Beatrice Gibeau Frank Delaney. She was a lifelong resident of Schenectady and attended local schools. Beatrice was a communicant of St. Luke's Roman Catholic Church, and she spent her years as a devoted homemaker.
Bea served as an officer and was a member of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of America; St. Paul the Apostle Church Seniors; Ball and Chain Bowling League; St. Columba's School PTA; and the Mariaville Lake Civic Association. In addition to being a CSJ Associate, Beatrice was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Altar-Rosary Society and St. Mary's of the Lake/St. Margaret of Cortona Church Council. She volunteered in the office at St. Luke's School Office; the O.D. Heck Volunteer Council; the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of America; Brownie Troops and Girl Scouts of America; and the Scotia High School Reunion Committee. Also, Bea was a volunteer religious-education teacher for St. Mary's of the Lake/St. Margaret of Cortona Church.
In addition to Bea's parents, she was predeceased in 1999 by her loving husband of 54 years, Raymond "Mike" Circe; and by her siblings, William Frank, Dorothy Bishop, Kathryn Cuthbert and Marie Korzeniewski. Bea's survivors include her twin sister, Bereneice (Merrill) Johnson; her four children: Gary (Lynn) Circe of Schenectady; Gregory (Mary) Circe of Potsdam; Donna (Steven) Richter and Holli (Tracey) Collins, all of Schenectady; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Bea's Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday June 14, 2010, at St. Luke's Roman Catholic Church, Schenectady. Burial was in the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville.
Bea was a faithful and dedicated CSJ Associate whose warm, caring presence was a joy to all of us. A woman of true sensitivity and compassion for those in need, Bea brought the CSJ charism to all with whom she came in contact as she willingly and generously shared her deep faith and her spirituality. Bea Circe has been a gift and an inspiration to the Sisters of St. Joseph, and we are richly blessed by her life among us.