Barbara Jean (Wilson) Beckman

Barbara Jean (Wilson) Beckman

NEWARK: A funeral service for Barbara Jean (Wilson) Beckman, 85, of Newark, will be held on Tuesday, May 7, at 10:30 a.m. at the Newark Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service with Fr. Jonathan Wilson as celebrant. Burial will follow at Newark Memorial Gardens.

As always, she was surrounded by her children and grandchildren when she passed away peacefully at her home Thursday, May 2, 2013. Barbara came into this world on March 8, 1928, the third of five children born to Harold and Helen (Lindsey) Wilson of Newark, Ohio. The family lived in a cheerful yellow house on Mt. Vernon Road near Newton Ave. In those days, the land across from their home was strawberry fields where Barb spent summer mornings picking berries to earn enough money to go swimming at Hollander Pool.

It was at Hollander Pool where she caught the eye of a handsome young man named Floyd Beckman. He told her she was the prettiest girl there in her white bathing suit. He further impressed her with his roller skating skills. Barb and Floyd were married for 53 Years. As a family, they worked hard and played hard together. The family enjoyed operating Beckman's Market and boating on Lake Erie.

In her middle years, Barb worked for and retired from the Licking County Auditor s Office of George Buchanan. She enjoyed weekly card club meetings and was active in the 20th Century Club. In her retirement, Barb and Floyd spent many happy weekends aboard the good ship Our Way , traveling the Great Lakes from Catawba to Canada and beyond. They lived part-time in a retirement community in Leesburg, Florida where they rode his-and-hers golf carts; her license plate said Princess Morningstar and his, Chief Thundercloud.

Barbara was a warm, vivacious person and social butterfly who lit up every room she entered. She made friends everywhere she went. Among the many blessings in her life, her greatest joys were her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She delighted in hearing about their lives and making them chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast, and in turn, they thought she hung the moon.

She is survived by her children: Barcy Vidt (Greg Hamilton) of Zanesville; Jay (Betsy) Beckman of Newark, Bart (Beth) Beckman of Granville, Shellie (Rick) Reynard of Newark and Amy (Phil) Ghiloni of Newark; a brother, David Wilson of Newark; grandchildren, Cara Foran, Apryl McClure, Bart Beckman, Bryan Beckman, Bree Foran, Kyle Beckman, Kenneth Vidt, Justin Tharp, Tyler Beckman, Chance Beckman, Angie Ghiloni, Trevor Tharp, Taylor Ghiloni, and Trent Ghiloni; she is also survived by eight great-grandchildren; and several beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd R. Beckman; two sisters, Maxine Matz and Virginia Weiss; one brother, Bobby Wilson.

Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, May 6, at the funeral home, 59 North Fifth Street, Newark.

Memorial contributions may be made to the , at 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.

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Funeral Home

Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle
59 North 5th Street Newark, OH 43055

Published in the Advocate on May 5, 2013