Ellen Beurskens, age 48, of Charleston passed away on Friday, September 1, 2000 at her residence. The Funeral Mass celebrating Ellen’s life was held Monday, September 4, 2000 at 10:00 am with Father Joseph Ring presiding and Father Chris Brey, Concelebrant. Visitation was Sunday evening, September 3, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with a Prayer Vigil at 7:00 p.m. Both the visitation and Funeral Mass were held at St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church at Tenth and Jefferson Streets in Charleston. Interment was at Roselawn Cemetery in Charleston. – Sheila Doak, organist, and Terry Coulton and Kathrene Ryan, violinists accompanied the choir who sang “I Have Loved You,” “On Eagles Wings”, “Eat This Bread”, “Song of Farewell” and “Without Seeing You.” The choir, directed by Allen Homey included Patrick, Kevin and Maureen Coulton, Bill and Linda Kirk, John Coyle, Bob Barford, Gary Kopp, Linda Tylman, Leo Comeford, Woody, Mary Alice and Lauren Kramer, Genie Lenihan, Cathy Augustine, Mary Ellen Horney, Pat Laube, Jan Ziebka, Theresa Kincade, Corinne Joyner, Roy and Sher Lanham and Judy HeckeL Pallbearerswere Kyle Baird, Bryan Beurskens, Brian Clark, Brian Kearney, Kelly McMorris, Ryan Buckley-Shaklee and Doug Witmer. Honorary pallbearers were Ted Ghibellini, Woody Kramer, Dalias Price, Dr. Charles Ramsey and Dan Stretch. Eulogies were given by Teresa Chase, Donna Witmer, Dolores Metzger and Woody Kramer. Ellen was born May 12, 1952 in Duquoin, Illinois, the daughter of James and Rosalie (Stuerzenberger) Benedict She married Hank Beurskens on February 1, 1975 in Charleston, Illinois. Survivors include her husband, Hank of Charleston; four sons, Tony, Tim, Pat and Nick Beurskens all of Charleston; her father, James Benedict of Charleston; and two sisters, Anne Pagliai and her husband Paul of Charleston and Kay Wheeler of Mt Zion, Illinois. She was preceded by her mother, Rosalie Benedict Ellen graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Master’s Degree. She ” was employed by’ Coles County Associated for the Retarded in their Birth-Two Program. She was a former teacher in the Pre-School Program at Mark Twain Elementary School and former instructor at Lake Land Junior College. Ellen was a member of St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and served as both teacher and director in their Religious Education Department.
She was also an active leader in the La Leche League for this area Ellen enjoyed reading and sewing but nothing gave her more joy than working with children. She shared with her four sons a special love and affection and truly enjoyed being a “soccer mom”. Memorials in honor of Ellen may be made to the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church Faith and Light Program or Lincolnland Hospice in care of Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, Illinois 61920.