Marion R. Beetstra
Marion R. (Koch) Beetstra, age 89.

Born: September 16, 1927 in Fond du Lac, WI. Adopted by Frank and Lillian Koch of
Harvard, IL.

Died: June 13, 2017 at the Harvard Hometown Care Center.

Marion grew up in Harvard on West Burbank Street, which was the last street in town in the
1930s.  Growing up during the Great Depression left a lifelong impact on people of the
Greatest Generation, and like many New Deal Democrats, Marion lived frugally and gave
generously her whole life.

Marion attended Kindergarten through 6th grade at Central School in Harvard and Harvard
High School for grades 7-12.  She graduated at the top of the HHS Class of 1945, winning
the American Legion Award.  Marion attended nurses’ training at Illinois Masonic Hospital
in Chicago.  As an RN, Marion had a long career as a nurse for Dr. F. J. Quincannon in
Harvard, and she is fondly remembered by many of the Dr.’s patients still residing in

Marion married Leonard Beetstra of Harvard on June 18, 1949 at the First Presbyterian
Church.  They had five children: John (Amy) Beetstra, Melinda (Gary) Vose, Thomas
(Angelina) Beetstra, Robert (Julie) Beetstra, Karen (Jim) Kruckenberg.  Leonard and
Marion were married for 66 years and together built a successful business based upon
cattle dealing, dairy farming, and real estate.

Marion was a marathon shopper, and a talented gardener, cook, and seamstress who
made beautiful doll clothes for her many granddaughters.  Marion was an enthusiastic
supporter of her beloved Green Bay Packers.  A Packer shareholder, Marion cheered on
generations of Packer legends such as Curley Lambeau, Bart Starr, and Brett Favre at
Lambeau Field.  She was very knowledgeable about the game and loved to talk football.

An avid reader, Marion faithfully read 3 newspapers a day and subscribed to a wide variety
of periodicals.   While her favorite books were mysteries, she read across genres and is
fondly remembered by her children and grandchildren for reading aloud to them.

Leonard and Marion enjoyed traveling, and always looked forward to attending their annual
Navy reunion and meeting with shipmates and others who served on board the U.S.S.

In recent years, Marion greatly enjoyed fellowship and quilting on Tuesdays at the First
Presbyterian Church of Harvard, where she had been a member of the congregation for 75

Marion is survived by her five children, 15 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.  She
will be acutely missed by her family, including her sister-in-law, Grace McCullough of
Sharon, WI.  She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Leonard Beetstra.

Visitation will be from 9-11:00 am on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at the First Presbyterian
Church, 7100 Harvard Hills Road, Harvard, IL 60033. Services will follow at 11. Interment
will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Harvard, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Harvard.

Family and friends may sign the online guest book at

For more information call Saunders & McFarlin Funeral home at 815-943-5400.
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Name = Don & Jackie Staver
Message = Sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers go out to your

Name = Julie and Phil Lehmann & Family
Message = Karen and family, so sorry for your loss.

Name = Ron and Micki Burlingame
Message = Thoughts and prayers going out to your family.

Name = Mary Joslyn and the Sr. high mission trip group
Message = Our thoughts and prayers are with the Beestra family as we
endeavor to work for God's purpose at Kemmerer Village and unable to be
present at the memorial service.

Name = Cheryl and Richard Kyle
Message = Our sympathy to you all on the passing of your mother.

Name = Fawn M Goff
Message = Karen, Jim, and family thinking of you at your time of sorrow.
Sending my sincere condolences.

Name = Bob and Glenda Mundis
Message = So sorry for your loss. We are vacationing out of state and will be
unable to attend the services. Thinking of you and sending our prayers.

Name = Mary Ellen Crabtree
Message = Sorry to learn of Marion's passing.  I remember lovely times in
the past.  Rest in Peace

Name = Char Nolen
Message = I am so sorry for your loss. May God's love and your precious
memories help you through this time.

Name = carla manzella
Message = So very sorry for the loss of your beloved mother. A mother's
love lives in our hearts forever.

Name = Bruce and Gail Johnson
Message = Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

Name = Kevin and Andrea Williams
Message = John and Amy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your
family at this time.

Name = Steve and Sue Wright
Message = Our deepest sympathy to your entire family. We wish you
comfort in all Marion's wonderful memories. She was a wonderful woman.
The Steven Wright Family

Name = Pat Fisher
Message = I am so sorry that I missed Marion's service. Down town, I saw
her name on Saunder's board as the funeral was happening. I so enjoyed
her at Quilting and am so sorry she won't be with us any longer.

Name = Carie Hayden-Gronau
Message = I am so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing, she was a lovely
woman and I have fond memories of her. My thoughts are with your family at
this time of sorrow.

Name = Dr. Carolyn O'Gorman (Villarreal)
Message = To The Beetstra Family

Name = Tom and Carol Jones
Message = Our prayers and thoughts go out to you for your loss. May God's
everlasting love surround you in this time of sorrow.

Name = Roberta Wagner
Message = so sorry for your loss.  Roberta and her 2 sons Bill and Ronell

Name = richard hermonson
Message = i am very sorry to see your mom  passing  god bless her

Name = wayne and pattie bredehorst
Message = We are so sorry for your loss.
She had a beautiful life with Lenny and will join him again.
We will keep her in our thoughts and prayers.
With our deepest sympathy