SPRINGFIELD, IL - Eunice Beetzel, 94, passed away April 28, 2014, at St. John's Hospice in Springfield.
She was born Oct. 20, 1919, to Julius and Elizabeth (Lorenzen) Bidner near Mahomet, IL. Eunice married Orville Beetzel on Jan. 17, 1943. They shared 55 happy years together, until his death in 1998.
In 1940, Eunice graduated from the Mennonite Hospital School of Nursing in Bloomington, Ill. During WWII, she worked days as a floor nurse, with lab and x-ray call every other night at Mennonite Hospital. Ultimately, she became the lab and x-ray supervisor. When Orville returned from the Army, Eunice joined him in farming. They spent 40 wonderful years as part of the Bellflower community, before moving to Bloomington. Eunice was a devoted wife and mother, and she never lost her love of nursing. When her daughter graduated from high school, Eunice commuted 60 miles a day from the farm to work the evening shift at Mennonite Hospital. She completed 20 years before retiring to care for Orville in his later years. Eunice moved to Springfield, Ill., and spent her later years in residence at Montvale Estates and Oak Terrace Healthcare Center. Eunice was a member of Laurel United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, two sisters, three stepbrothers and one stepsister.
Eunice is survived by her daughter, Connie (Frank) Fegan of Springfield, Ill.; grandson, Michael (Kellie) Fegan of Chesapeake, Va.; granddaughter, Patricia (Ronald) Souliere of Lincoln, Neb.; three great-grandsons, Brandon and Christopher Fegan and Alexander Souliere; one sister, Wilma Gombert of Geneseo, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Visitation will be held Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 10 a.m. until the funeral service at 11 a.m. at Bellflower United Methodist Church in Bellflower, Ill. Burial will follow at Bellflower Township Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to: Illinois State University Foundation for the Mennonite College of Nursing, c/o Jennifer Ward, Campus Box 3060, Normal, IL 61790-8000.
Boardman-Smith Funeral Chapel in Springfield is serving the family. Sign the online guest book at boardman-smith.net.