Elizabeth Guldan, 89,passed away July 21, 2019

Elizabeth Guldan, 89, of St. Joseph, MI passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at Petrona’s Country Home in Baroda.



Elizabeth was born on November 29, 1929 in Raab, Austria. She married George Guldan in May 1955, and immigrated to the St. Joseph / Benton Harbor area later that November on the US Navy Transport General Langfitt. The journey was so unpleasant that she avoided boats for much of the rest of her life.



She and George started working at the paint shop at Heath Company, and as George’s career progressed, Elizabeth raised their children and maintained the household. As the children grew older, she put her seamstress skills to work, and was responsible for many of the hand-sewn curtains that were sold through Troost Brothers Furniture and Awning & Tent Co.



Family was the most important thing to Elizabeth and she will be lovingly remembered by her children, grandchildren and friends for her warm, generous, welcoming nature, her ready laugh and her wonderful schnitzel.



She was preceded in her death by her parents, husband George Guldan, sister Anni Killingseder and brother Johann Killingseder.



She is survived by her brother Ferdinand Killingseder, sister Cecilia Baumberger, children Heidi (Roger) Beglin, Walt (Erika) Guldan, and John (Cathleen) Guldan. She also leaves behind eight grandchildren, Brian, Melissa, Cecily, Hanno, Karsen, Lauren, Eric, and Megan, and three great-grandchildren, Lucas, Cora, and Claire.



The family would like to offer a special thanks to all the staff at Petrona’s Country Home. They provided such loving care for her, and have been like an extended family.



A celebration of life service will be held privately with her family. Elizabeth will be laid to rest with her husband at Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph. Memorial contributions may be made to Petrona’s Country Home. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence for the family may do so online at www.starks-menchinger.com. Arrangements entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services 556-9450. 




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