Mrs. Letha Beauchamp

Obituaries — October 15, 2009

October 15, 2009 // 0 Comments

Judson On October 10, 2009, Donna Adeline Judson, age 95, of Rockford went to her final home in heaven. Donna loved her home. Her childhood home in Courtland Township brought her many happy memories. At the age of 15, she began working her first job at Wolverine World Wide. Since she was so young, she had to be employed under the Child Labor Laws. In 1937, she married Robert Judson in their newly acquired home at Bostwick Lake, and raised her two children there. She was the longest-living resident of Bostwick Lake and very proud of her heritage in the history of Cannon Township. When she was no longer able to be living on her own, she moved to Wisconsin to be with her daughter, Sue and her family. Donna greatly enjoyed the opportunity to be with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When she required nursing care, she decided to come back home and stay at Pilgrim Manor in Grand Rapids. She adapted well and was always greatly appreciative to the staff and all who cared for her. Donna was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Judson, who died in 1984; her parents, Jud and Millie (nee Johnson) Weller; her brother, Kenneth (Lila) Weller; and her sister, Marian (Theron) Wheat. Donna is survived by her children, Sue and her husband Jim Wheeler and their son, Jim and his wife Robin Wheeler of Atlanta, Ga., their daughters, Jamie (Jack) Shavlik and their children, Max and Jackson Shavlik, Susie and Guy Diske and their children, Riley and Molly, all of Prarie-Du-Sac, Wis.; her son, Ivan Judson and dear friend Samuel Grimes of Rockford; and her niece and nephews. A homecoming service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Pederson Funeral Home with Rev. Wayne Wheeler officiating. Interment was in Bostwick Lake Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy may consider Bostwick Lake Congregational Church, Pilgrim Manor or the Computer Fund at St. Patrick’s Catholic School. A special thank-you is given to the kind staff of Pilgrim Manor and to Susie (Buyze) Mauro for her wonderful genealogy research of the Weller, Johnson and Judson families. “God has welcomed Donna to her final home.” Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.   Forrest Mr. Thomas Forrest, age […]

Obituaries — October 8, 2009

October 8, 2009 // 0 Comments

Beauchamp Mrs. Letha Beauchamp, age 85, of Rockford was welcomed home on Friday, October 2, 2009, to be with her Lord and Savior whom she faithfully served and trusted. As a young woman, she accepted Christ into her life. Letha always made sure her children and grandchildren attended Sunday school. Her Bible was used a lot, with many verses committed to memory. During WWII, she served her country in the Army Air Corps. Her family has many precious memories of Letha playing the banjo while her husband played the guitar. She enjoyed drawing and painting; many of her artworks were of her early childhood. After Letha traveled to Israel, she captured many of those scenes in her art. She volunteered at the Mel Trotter Mission as a cook, and later in life, Letha took college courses in art. She is survived by her loving family: her children, Dick and Wanda Beauchamp of Sparta, and Mrs. Dixie VanderMey of Rockford; grandchildren, Melinda Barajas, Lori Danko, Julie and Jason Neumann, Bill and Traci Beauchamp, Bethany Beauchamp and Chris Helmholdt, Brook and Richard Speck, Richard and Deb VanderMey, Marshall VanderMey, Michael and Roni VanderMey, Mrs. Cindy Baldridge; 27 great-grandchildren; brother, Donald and Betty Westbrook; sister-in-law, Helen Platt; sister, Joyce Westbrook; daughter-in-law, Deborah Beauchamp; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Beauchamp, on September 28, 1984; her son, Kenneth Roy Beauchamp, in 1981; her grandson, Caleb Matthew Neumann, on February 11, 2003; her son-in-law, Robert VanderMey, on October 14, 2006; her grandson-in-law, Dr. Rob Baldridge on July 9, 2007; her brothers, William Westbrook, Fred Westbrook, and Merle Westbrook; her sisters, Mary Munson, Jane Kessler, and Dorothy Westbrook. The service for Mrs. Beauchamp was Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Sparta Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Tim Smith officiating. Military honors were under the auspices of the Army National Guard with interment in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Sparta Church of the Nazarene or Friends of Michigan Veterans Home. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.