Saturday, November 16, 2013

Paula (Cooke) Bigonia

Paula J. Bigonia, age 58, passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center. Paula was born in Menominee, MI, on August 12, 1955, daughter of Paul A. and Sally E. (Nee: Brown) Cooke.

Paula graduated from Concordia University, earning a degree in Business Administration. On August 29, 1998, at the Wustum gardens she was united in marriage to Anthony J. Bigonia.

She was employed by Case New Holland for thirty-eight years and was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. Paula enjoyed biking, exercising, pampering, jazz, and wine. More than anything she cherished time spent with her family. She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her loving husband, Tony; her children, Jaimie (Peter) Haubrich, Eric (Melissa) DeGroot, Jared DeGroot, Sean (Lena) Bigonia; eight grandchildren, Kenzie, Maddie, Parker, Willow, Shiloh, Judah, Corah, Naomi, and one more grandchild on the way; sisters and brothers, Mary Beth Martin, Carol Personick, David (Cindy) Cooke, Tom (Jacqui) Cooke; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Al (Sharon) Bigonia, Jim Bigonia, Timothy (Colleen) Bigonia, Theresa (Tom) Paulsen, Christina Bigonia; longtime family friend, Kim Wolters; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Paul Cooke.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, November 21, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., with Rev William J. Dietzler officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Wednesday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Thursday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m.

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Anonymous said...

I love you PJ

Anonymous said...

May you rest in peace and joy Paula. Thinking of your family and friends during this time.

Anonymous said...

A passing that has echoed around the world as family members have sought comfort in family and friends. May the family be granted the peace they need through their faith and their love of Paula and of one another. Be comforted in the fact that this is, for her, just another beginning. Not a Goodbye, just a Farewell til we meet again.

Anonymous said...

Very sorry for your loss. Paula was always a fun, bright, helpful and funny lady to deal with every time I spoke with her. She had a great personally and would play along with my jokes.... We will miss her. God Bless.

From her friends at Hlavinka Equip. Co.

Anonymous said...

Our loss is heaven's gain. Save us a piece of heaven Paula. God Bless

Anonymous said...

Her friends at Titan Machinery will miss her terribly. She was always a joy to work with and extremely helpful. Her friends and family are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless you.

Anonymous said...

She will be truly missed, but never forgotten. Most caring person anyone has ever met in the construction equipment industry. God Bless you.

rcs said...

Paula had a unique mix of professionalism and wit. I will mix working with her. She was always helpful and personable. RIP my friend.

Ron Schwinn
Cherry Valley Tractor Sales, Marlton , N.J.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. For the past 24 years I have dealt with Paula at work and always enjoyed talking with her. She was always helpful and very pleasant. And she was always the first person I looked for at the Case parts expos. I will miss her. God bless you all. You have a wonderful angel watching over you now.

Charlene Guillaume
Lee Tractor
Biloxi, MS

Anonymous said...

We are thinking of family and friends at the loss of a beautiful coworker. We are saddened by her passing. Fun memories...remembering her smile.

Mike and Sandy Tennant, Sun Lakes, AZ

Thomas Flessert said...


My deepest sympathies to you and all your family from me and my family. The little I knew about Paula from work, she was super nice.

We have all lost loved ones, but I cannot imagine the lose of your best friend, closest confidant, and lifetime sole mate. We all hope we are the one who goes first, so we do not have to endure such grief; and none of us expect this to happen this early in life. She was way too young. We all tend to lose focus on what is really important in life, and it definitely is NOT work. We must all live life to the fullest every day as if it is our last. I’m guessing that Paula, with the love she had for you, your children, extended family and close friends, along with the active lifestyle she lived, really did live life to the fullest.

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Paula was well respected, knew how to make people feel comfortable and always brought a smile to everyone. She will be deeply missed by everyone she knew.