Beverstein, Robert S.
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Robert "Bob" Beverstein, 97, longtime resident of Green Bay, died Saturday, February 8, 2014, passing from the loving care of his family back into the arms of the his wife and the embrace of the Savior he had worshiped devoutly his entire life. He was born October 26, 1916, to Clarice E. and Mildred M. (Sweaf) Beverstein in Rochester, NY, and spent his childhood years in Saginaw, MI. Bob graduated from St. Mary's High School in Saginaw and enrolled in Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Business, graduating in 1938. Thereafter he began his forty-one year career with The National Cash Register Company (NCR Corp). On June 20, 1942, Bob married Bernice "Bunny" LaSarge in Ludington, MI. They were together for more than seventy years.
Like many members of the Greatest Generation, their lives were put on hold by military service as Bob served during World War II at Camp Kilmer in New Brunswick, NJ. Following the war they returned to the Midwest, Bob holding positions in Madison, WI, Rochester, MN and Chicago. His breakthrough advancement with NCR came in 1960 when Bob and Bunny brought their six children to Green Bay and Bob assumed the position of Branch Manager.
His nineteen years in that role were remarkable. Supported by loyal customers and a superb sales/service team the Green Bay Branch flourished, consistently recognized near the top of NCR rankings. Twice it was actually the most profitable office in the United States. Bob personally qualified for NCR's prestigious "Century Point Club" (100% of sales quota) an unprecedented seventeen times. They moved to Florida in 1979, to begin thirty-five years of retirement, returning to Green Bay in 2007.
Having experienced The Depression, Bob's mission was to provide Bernice and his children; he did that well. He was a lover of music, an Eagle Scout, and for much of his life a daily communicant. A longstanding Rotarian, Bob was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Green Bay. He and Bernice were charter members of Resurrection Parish, and every one of their days included a power walk.
Survivors include his six children and their spouses, Roberta (Bob) Atkinson, Rod (Trish) Beverstein, Rick (Susie) Beverstein, Russ Beverstein, Roxanne Beverstein (Ralph Riddle), Rehna (Bob) Bernhardt; 12 grandchildren and their spouses, Jena (Dave) Gundt, Christopher Atkinson, Lisa (Troy) Palmer, Joe (Becca) Beverstein, Molly (Dave) Hamm, Rebecca (Mark) Wanek, Gretchen (Chris) Dodgion, Rachel (Jake) Chastain, Elizabeth (Matthew) Kee; Caleb, Josh and Abigail Bernhardt; seven great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, including Gretchen (John) Petersen; and the children of his sister, Betty Richardson.
Bob was preceded in death by Bernice; a daughter-in-law, Toni Koeppler Beverstein; and a grandson, Scott Robert Atkinson.
Friends may call at Resurrection Catholic Church, 333 Hilltop Dr., Allouez from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, February 14th. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow with Bishop Robert Morneau officiating. Entombment will be in Allouez Chapel Mausoleum. Blaney Funeral Home is assisting the family. To send online condolences, please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you please consider a gift to the GGBCF, or to the
Bob's family is profoundly thankful for the service and companionship provided by Bellevue Retirement Community and especially, Unity Hospice. During his last nine months he received compassionate care from the Bernhardt family.
Blaney Funeral Home
1521 Shawano Ave.
Green Bay, WI 54303
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Feb. 10 to Feb. 14, 2014