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DeKALB – Ella Maria Bodeen Maier, 94, of DeKalb, Ill., died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center, DeKalb.
She was born Feb. 26, 1919, in DeKalb. The daughter of Otto and Mathilda Maria (Lunden) Seppanen. She married Bernard Bodeen on July 26, 1940. After his death in 1955, she was a single parent until she married John Maier on May 20, 1967. He later died on March 31, 1985.
Ella began working with her parents at a very young age. She would help renovate rental property with her father. She learned the business very well and it helped her to continue in the family business while raising her children.
She was a longtime member of Salem Lutheran Church of Sycamore. Ella loved music, dancing, traveling, reading and most of all, spending time with her family.
Survivors include her two daughters, Patti Beamsley and Peggy (Michael) McLean, all of Sycamore; 11 grandchildren, Christopher (Jennifer) Beamsley of Joliet, Mark (Ingrid) Beamsley of Madison, Wis.., Johanna Beamsley and Jennifer (Todd) Madden, both of Sycamore, Katherine (Brian) Higgins of Schaumburg, Colleen Esquivel of Las Vegas, Heather McLean (Al) of Fort Collins, Colo., Sean McLean of Madison, Nicholas McLean of Sycamore, Samantha Bodeen (David) of Grove City, Ohio and Will Bodeen (Sabrina) of Cincinnati; and 19 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; one son, Bill Bodeen; and one cousin, Laura Bergeron.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at Salem Lutheran Church, 1145 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, with the Rev. Robert Kinnear officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, at the church.
Memorials can be made for Salem Lutheran Church in care of Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178.
For information or to sign the online guest book, visit www.ButalaFuneralHomes.com or call 815-895-2833.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Jan. 8, 2014
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