Beatrice A. (Goggin) Halas

April 4th, 2013

Beatrice A. (Goggin) Halas, fondly known as “Bea” to her family and friends, died peacefully on April 3, 2013, in Alexandria, VA, at the age of 87.

Bea was born on June 11, 1925, in Chelsea, MA, she was the cherished daughter of the late William and Annie T. (Sheehy) Goggin.  Bea’s parents immigrated here from Ireland and she was always so proud of her Irish Heritage.  Bea was raised and educated in Chelsea; she attended St. Rose Catholic School for 12 years, graduating in 1942.

Prior to retiring, Bea was a long time employee of the AT & T Company where she worked in Administration.  Bea was a dedicated, hard working employee, and she made many friends with her co-workers throughout the years.

Bea married her “sweetheart” Henry F. “Hank” Halas on October 19.1946, sharing more than 59 years together before his passing in November of 2005.  Bea and Hank resided in Chelsea for many years, where they raised two wonderful children, before moving to Wilmington in 1981.  Beatrice was the devoted mother of Barbara Riley and her husband William of Lorton, VA and James Halas and his wife Kathy of Wilmington.  Cherished grandmother of Dr. Kevin Riley of Los Angeles, CA, Brian Riley and his wife Miho of Culver City, CA, Michael Halas of Boston and Katie Halas and her fiancé Michael Jordon of Wilmington, and loving great-grandmother of Keon and Senan Riley.

Beatrice was the sister of Mary Horgan of Groveland, Eileen Kanarkiewicz of Burlington, and the late James Goggin, William Goggin and Nancy (Goggin) Kelley.

Bea was a woman of great faith, she attended Catholic School, she had a great respect for the nuns, she was an active communicant at St. Rose Parish in Chelsea and when she moved to Wilmington she became very active at St. Dorothy’s Parish for many years.  She was also an active member of Wilmington Senior Center for many years.

Family was first and foremost to Bea, as a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother her devotion and love was unconditional.  Bea loved spending time with her family, celebrating holidays and sharing all of their special events; Bea was very proud of each and every one of them and their accomplishments.  Following the death of her dear Hank, Bea moved to Virginia to be closer to her daughter.

Bea will be remembered as friendly, kind, and caring, she was a great neighbor and a dear friend to many.  She was always there to lend a hand on countless occasions and she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, April 8th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rt. 38), Wilmington  at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, April 7th from 2-6 p.m.   Memorial donations in Beatrice’s name may be made to the Sisters of Providence c/o Office of Congregational Advancement, 1 Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876 or St. Dorothy’s Church, 11 Harnden St., Wilmington, MA  01887.


5 Entries in Guest Book for “Beatrice A. (Goggin) Halas”

  1. The Jackson Family says:

    We are so sad to hear of the loss of such a dear, sweet neighbor. The house on the corner of Brattle and Garden will always be remembered as Mr. and Mrs. Halas’ house, with Mr. Halas devotedly tending to his yard and Mrs. Halas devotedly tending to Mr. Halas. Such a great couple. They are both deeply missed. Our deepest sympathies to the Halas family for the loss of this great lady.
    The Jackson Family

  2. Dominic & Toni Lynn Taverna says:

    To our dear friends, the Halas family…
    Our hearts are saddened at the loss of such a warm, sweet and beautiful lady who meant so much to us. One of her greatest attributes was her ability to make everyone feel like family; she certainly was “Mom” to us. We thank God for the time that we all spent together; especially the annual Halas St. Patty’s Day celebration… so many wonderful memories. Those memories will forever live fondly in our hearts. We love you, Bea and are comforted by our faith in knowing that you are with Hank; excitedly reunited in Heaven.
    Love you all,
    Dom & Toni Taverna

  3. Joe and June Fagan says:

    Dear Jim, Kathy and Family,…
    Our sincere condolences on the loss of your mom. I will always remember our enjoyable conversations at the bus stop afternoons when she would be there to pick-up Michael and Katie from school. Mrs. Halas was such an engaging and personable lady. She was so proud of her children and grandchildren and loved to share stories about them and their many accomplishments. Mrs. Halas was a loving, faithful, and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She has left a lasting legacy behind in the beautiful family she raised. May she rest easy now in Heaven with all the loved ones who have gone before her.

    With Peace and Love,
    Joe and June Fagan and Family

  4. Dorothy (Halas) Crone says:

    Barbara and Jimmy,

    Growing up in Chelsea was visits to Grove Street, making kielbasa with our mothers in your kitchen, visiting Auntie Bea at the telephone office, learning from her how to check for “real” English Bone China, hummels, Irish Belleek, having cups of tea with a plate of cookies, hearing her say “Now, Dorothy…” and so many more memories. Auntie Bea always made me feel special. She will forever have a place in my heart.

    Blessed are her eyes for they see the Son of Man
    Blessed are her ears for they hear his command
    Blessed is her heart; she has been set free.
    Blessed is her heart, blessed are her ears, blessed are her eyes for they see Him.

    With love,
    Dorothy and family

  5. Judy (Zalewski) Beattie says:

    I consider myself fortunate to have enjoyed a childhood liberally enhanced by the presence of the Goggins. Our families had been close since the late 1880’s when Bea’s father, Bill, and my grandfather, Michael, grew up across the street from each other back in Ireland. Bea possessed all the attributes of a strong and caring character instilled in her by her extraordinary parents: kindness, generosity, integrity and a deep faith. In addition, she was an incredibly gifted storyteller. In her talented hands, the story of a simple errand was transformed into an eventful adventure. With her humorous commentary and insightful asides, her listeners would be doubled over in laughter, frantically seeking kleenex to daub the tears streaming down their cheeks, as she remained the model of dignity and decorum. It is very sad her voice has been quieted, for she brought great joy wherever she went. Our condolences to her sisters, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, in-laws and friends. We were all so lucky to have known her.

    Much love,
    Judy (Zalewski) Beattie and the extended Sheehan Family

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