Peabody, MA — Birgitte Bugge, age 80, formerly of Wakefield and in recent years a resident of Brooksby Village in Peabody, died peacefully after a brief illness on April 15, 2013.
Birgitte, born Inge Birgitte Bugge, was born in Frederiksberg, Denmark, in March, 1933. She grew up and attended University in Denmark. Birgitte traveled to the United States during the 1950's to continue her education at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. She returned to Denmark to work as a biomedical laboratory scientist at Denmark’s University Hospital, Rigshospitalet. Birgitte spent November 1962 through November 1963 working at the National Medical Center in Korea as a lab technician, and then returned to the United States to work with one of her former professors as a head technician in the Medical Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital from 1965 through her retirement in 2000. Birgitte became a United States citizen in February, 1974.
Birgitte was an avid outdoors-person and traveled the world hiking wherever she could. Her travels took her throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the South Pacific. She also enjoyed music, cross-country skiing and gardening, as well as painting and various crafts. Birgitte was a life-long student and often took classes such as interior design and basic stained glass.
Birgitte lived at Brooksby Village in Peabody from 2002 through 2013 and was active in many of the Brooksby activities. She leaves her two dear sisters, Birthe Bugge and Anne Espensen, along with five nieces and nephews and numerous great-nieces and nephews, all in Denmark.
ARRANGEMENTS: A family memorial service will be held in Denmark during May. At her request no local services will be held, but contributions may be made in her memory to the Boston chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club, 5 Joy St., Boston, MA, 02108. Cards of condolence can be sent to the Bugge Family, 17 Raymond Cir., Peabody, MA.