2-4 and 7-9 pm Thursday


11 am Friday, July 29 at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, 280 St. James St. at Wellington



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50 Years


Elizabeth Bieman

Death Notice

Bieman, Elizabeth - Professor Emeritus, University of Western Ontario, Elizabeth Bieman (nee Fraser) died peacefully July 24, 2011 in her 89th year. Deeply loved wife of 65 years of Graeme Bieman. Cherished mother of Cory and Simon Davies, and of Kristin and Al Vilcius. Adoring grandmother of Evan and Yufei Davies, Kenneth Davies, Erik and Sheri Vilcius, and Joey Vilcius and her partner Christopher Kleberg. Great-grandmother of Reverie and Isabel. Survived by her brother Robert Fraser of Ottawa. She will be fondly remembered for her grace, courage and generosity. Elizabeth Bieman was Professor of English at Western, and a member of that department's stellar group of Renaissance scholars during the 1970s and 80s. She is best known for her work on Spenser which culminated in the publication of Plato Baptised: Towards the Interpretation of Spenser's Mimetic Fictions (1988). She co-founded the Spenser Review, one of the leading journals in the field. In addition, Elizabeth's publications ranged widely in Renaissance drama, most notably William Shakespeare: The Romances (1990), and extended into Nineteenth Century British and contemporary Canadian poetry. Her book of poems The Reach of Winter Branches appeared in 2005. Elizabeth and Graeme shared a love of art, music and golf; they travelled extensively. Visitation on Thursday, July 28 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond. Funeral Service at Church of St. John the Evangelist, 280 St. James St. London on Friday July 29 at 11 a.m. A brief lunch reception in the Church Hall will follow. Interment at a later time in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Donations to Parkwood Hospital Palliative Care or a charity of your choice gratefully accepted. " The reach of winter branches through my window roots me in the sky"