Carolyn A. Beimdiek

Beimdiek, Carolyn A.

A message in a church sermon inspired how Carolyn Beimdiek lived her life: "The most important item on a tombstone is the hyphen between the date of birth and the date of death. We have little control over those two numbers, but we have a lot of control over that hyphen in between."

A lifelong volunteer, Carolyn

spent her time serving and advoca-

ting for others.

It is with profound sadness, we announce the passing of Carolyn

Anderson Beimdiek, 89, beloved and devoted spouse, mother, grandmother, and aunt on January 24, 2021 following a hard- fought battle with Parkinson's disease. She died peacefully at home surrounded by her husband and children.

Carolyn was born in Ashland, KY, to James A. Anderson Jr. and Ann (Settlemeyer) Anderson (both educators). She graduated from The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA. After graduation, she worked as a "Danny Grad" with the Danforth Foundation in Minnesota. She went on to graduate from Washington University School of Medicine Occupational Therapy program in St. Louis and to work as a psychiatric occupational therapist at Barnes-Jewish and Missouri Baptist Hospitals.

In 1956, she met the love of her life, Don, at a 65-cent supper for young singles at Second Presbyterian Church in St. Louis' Central West End. Two years later they were married there and remained actively involved.

Carolyn was kind, generous and had a beautiful soul. She was an inspiration to every life she touched. In 1992 Carolyn was named a Woman of Achievement for her work in literacy and community service. In 2012, at the age of 80, she was recognized as an Ageless-Remarkable St. Louisan.

She volunteered countless hours to The Literacy Council of St. Louis, serving as president for 4 years and growing the number of volunteer tutors from 150 to 400+. She served on the boards of Springboard to Learning; Brentwood Library; Good Ground Pantry; St. Louis Christmas Carols Association; and the Community Garden Project.

She organized members of Second Presbyterian Church to serve as grade school tutors in St. Louis Public Schools. She served on the board and volunteered at the Scholarship Foundation that provides college scholarships for low-income students from the St. Louis area.

For fourteen years, she led Girl Scout and Brownie troops and a Cub Scout den for her four children, Later, she continued to lead Girl Scout troops for girls in St. Louis. She volunteered for more than two decades as a literacy tutor for at-risk children and adults.

She loved dogs, ice cream, Sunday night family dinners, tennis, needlepointing, reading, classical music, stained glass windows, vocabulary word games, family vacations and traveling the world with her beloved husband. Carolyn and Don traveled to six of the seven continents. Highlights of their global journeys include bicycle adventures in England, France, Holland, and Italy, walking on the Great Wall of China, swimming in the Great Barrier Reef, attending services in Westminster Abbey and taking a balloon ride over a herd of giraffes in Kenya. They also retraced the end of Lewis & Clark's expedition on the Columbia River.

Carolyn was immensely proud of her family and leaves behind a legacy of love and compassion toward others. She is survived by: her husband of 62 years, Donald U. Beimdiek; son, Stephen L. Beimdiek (Katie Barrett); three daughters Bevy A. Beimdiek; Lynn Beimdiek Morris (Dave Morris); all of St. Louis, and Karen Beimdiek Baratz (David Baratz) of Chevy Chase, Maryland; six grandchildren, Andrew and William Morris; Amanda and Henry Baratz and Margaret and Barrett Beimdiek; nephew Fred Anderson and niece, Dru Anderson, both of Nashville, TN. She was preceded in death by her brother, James Arthur Anderson III.

Friends are invited to honor Carolyn by donating to the Scholarship Foundation https://sfstl.org/ (6825 Clayton Ave Suite 100, St. Louis, MO 63139) or Join Hands ESL https:// joinhandsesl.org/ (P.O. Box 1429, East St. Louis, IL 62202.)

Services: A memorial to celebrate Carolyn's life will be held at Second Presbyterian Church on a future date.


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Published by St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Jan. 27, 2021.
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I would like to extend my sympathy to the family of Caroline Beimdiek.
Through my involvement with "Beginning Babies With Books," I spent many hours with her while she was President of The Literacy Council of Greater St. Louis. She was an inspiration and a delightful person. I hope her family will have comfort in knowing that there are many people who admired her and and her dedication to Literacy.
Shirley Mosinger
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March 5, 2021
Carolyn was my youth group leader at Second Presbyterian Church & what a wonderful person she was. Just a year ago when I was visiting Second she sat and visited with me. She was always kind and welcoming and truly devoted to service to her community. Sending my love to Don and the entire family.
Mary Puterbaugh Mulcahy
February 12, 2021
Sending you love and strength in your time of sorrow. So sorry for your lost your mother was a great caring person and I know you will miss her greatly. Love Jackie.
Jackie lott
February 1, 2021
I will miss Carolyn, one of the brilliant lights of our U. City Great Books Club. What a great person.
Byron Kerman
January 30, 2021
The AB InBev Global L&CA team
January 29, 2021
Dear Don, Steve & Katie: Please accept my condolences. Parkinson´s is an awful disease. I did not know Carolyn, but her obituary paints a picture of a remarkable person. May she Rest In Peace.
Stephen Lambright
January 28, 2021
Dear Don, please accept our sincerest condolences on the loss of your and our beloved Carolyn. She was a generous soul who will be greatly missed by Meds & Food for Kids and many others. Pat and Mike Wolff
Pat and Mike Wolff
January 28, 2021
What a beautiful legacy she leaves behind. I am heart broken for your family but know Carolyn will forever be with all of you. I loved working with Carolyn and Don to sell their beautiful family home in York, she was so proud of her wonderful family, and I loved hearing her stories... Thinking of you all in this difficult time! Xo-
Lizzy Dooley
January 27, 2021
DEAR DON and FAMILY: Please know of my deepest prayerful sympathy on your wife Carolyn's passing! Her caring legacy of service, as well as her bonding with you, made her an awesome role model of love and dedication. Know my remembrance of her, you and your family at this sad time!
Max K
January 27, 2021
She is a beautiful soul, and I feel lucky to have known her. I was her downstairs neighbor at Laclede Groves until moving in 2017. Please accept my sympathy.
Barbara Riley
January 27, 2021
Carolyn was someone I will not forget. She was brilliant, chose many ways to serve those who needed her because of lack of resources, lack of education, She was an organizer, fund formation person and always precious friend to me and my family, She was a great cook, baker and made wonderful sorbet. I am thanking God for her. Please Don, know that we love you and your children. Greet them for me. Janet Youel
Janet Youel
January 27, 2021
We love you, Beimdiek family. You have been so much a part of our lives for years. Carolyn was beautiful, inside and out. She was an inspiration to all of us that knew her. I loved her dearly and always will.
Patricia Neilson
January 27, 2021
Carolyn was not only a volunteer at Springboard to Learning, but also a thought leader, an inspiration and a warm hostess. It was an honor to have served with her and learn from her. Condolences to her family-- her love for you was palpable.
Wendy Saul
January 27, 2021
I was struck by the news of Carolyn's passing. She and I had the rare opportunity to go full circle. From my early childhood I identified with her somehow. We had similar interests I guess. I wanted to be like her. She was more than a friend of my parents. I followed her lead and Graduated from Wash U OT School, and then onto Psychiatry. Ultimately she rescued me when I was desperate for staff at Mo Bapt and I became her boss! I would like to come to the memorial service when it happens. Please know I speak for my whole family in expressing our sympathy to Don and the whole family.
Linda (Gieselman) Kopetti
January 27, 2021
Carolyn is forever living in my heart. So grateful for 60 years of friendship.
Renate Langer aka "Nati"
January 27, 2021
I served on the Brentwood Library Board with Caroline and she was a dedicated, delightful lady. I enjoyed knowing such an accomplished woman. Please accept my deepest sympathy.
Ellen Walther
January 27, 2021
With love, Michelle Trulaske
January 27, 2021
So terribly sorry for your loss. I have nothing but fond memories of Carolyn (Mrs. Beimdiek as we referred to her growing up) living down the hill from the Beimdiek house. I'm sure we spent plenty of time wreaking havoc there as we did in many other homes in our neighborhood. My condolences to you all and I will keep you in my heart as you navigate the new waters without her light. I pray that the love and memories that you shared together will keep her alive in your hearts forever.
Libby Belz Riley
January 27, 2021