Beverly Gene Quast, nee Eager, 82, of Millstadt, Ill., born Jan. 24, 1934, in Bay City, Mich., died March 6, 2016.
The second of six children, Beverly was a high-spirited gal who loved dancing, nightlife, and water-skiing well into her sixties.
Throughout her active life, Beverly engaged in the noblest of endeavors, that of military matriarch. She married Paul Quast, a U.S. Air Force veteran, on Nov. 8, 1952, in Bay City, Mich. Beverly was the mother to a U.S. Army serviceman, and grandmother of a U.S. Army Warrant Officer. She tended and nurtured her family throughout her years, watching as her small son grabbed a piece of the newly built Berlin Wall, seeing her grandchildren become a pharmacist, college graduates, coaches, a railroad worker and marveling at the latest of her three great-grandchildren.
Beverly retired from Sears Roebuck and Co., and was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Belleville, Ill. To those who knew her, she was a true friend and companion who will be remembered with a deep reverence.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Phyllis Eager; her siblings, Ronnie Eager, and Marlene Peterson; her daughter, Deanna Mueller; and granddaughter, Rebecca Russell.
Beverly is survived by her spouse, Paul Quast; her children, David Quast and Julie Russell; her children in-law, Anabell Quast and Jack Russell; her grandchildren, Jessie Mueller, Steven and Christopher Quast, Brian, Brent, and Brittany Russell; her great-grandchildren, Kansas and Alexander Quast, and Kamden Russell; her siblings, Dawn Williams, Danny Eager, and Suzie Lent; sister-in-law, Joyce Eager; brothers-in-law, Richard "Dick" Williams, and Samuel "Bud" Anderson; and nieces, nephews and many friends.
Beverly was a devoted, loyal, and ardent child of our beloved creator. Her flame will be missed.
Visitation: Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 11, 2016, at Valhalla-Gaerdner-Holten Funeral Home located at 3412 Frank Scott Pkwy W, Belleville Ill.
Funeral: Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 12, 2016, at Zion Lutheran Church, 1810 McClintock Ave., Belleville, Ill.
Interment will be at a later date in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St Louis, Mo.
VALHALLA GAERDNER HOLTEN FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Mar. 10, 2016