Obituary: Randy Lou Mason Bigelow, 80

Randy Lou Mason Bigelow, 80, of Whitewater, passed away Monday, May 30th, 2022 surrounded by her children. Born February 19, 1942, daughter of Orrin and Hannah (Stuvengen) Mason.  Randy grew up in Whitewater, and attended the College high school from which she graduated in 1959. 

In her teens, Randy was a surprise feature in Life Magazine’s September 16, 1957 article “A Frenchman’s Look at American Women,” which sparked cards and letters from around the world to her, which she enjoyed answering.

She relished long work relationships with careers as a photo colorization artist in her 20’s, at Sherwood Forest, Past & Present and was the People Greeter at our local Walmart for over 20 years until her retirement in April of 2019.

Randy loved her Kitties, always having cats as companions. She was an avid book reader, gift shopper, and had a zest for traveling with friends from coast to coast, and doing Van Gelder bus tours to many local sites. Randy also enjoyed several Carnival cruises with her family. 

Randy was the treasurer of the Junior Women’s Club, a member of the Whitewater Federation of Women’s Clubs and a member of the Senior Choir at the First English Lutheran Church. 

She was preceded in death by her sister Barbara (1937), mother Hannah (1977), and father Orrin (1987). She is survived by her children: Donald Bigelow, Alan (Vickie) Bigelow, Becky (Christopher) Miscavige Miles. Grandchildren: Trisha Bigelow Long, Rachel (Heath) Fillebrown, Stephanie Bigelow Behnke, Thomas G Bigelow. Great-grandchildren: Colby Long, Mercedes, Lillye, Maximus and Landon Fillebrown. And former spouse: Thomas A. (Judi) Bigelow. 

Visitation will be held at the First English Lutheran Church, Whitewater from 1 – 2:30 p.m., followed by a short service and luncheon on Sunday, June 19th, until 4 p.m.

Private family burial will be Thursday the 23rd at Hillside Cemetery in Whitewater. 

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at

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