Beva Ivaline Hendricks Staum, 92, of Boaz died Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at Schmitt Woodland Hills. She was born August 24, 1920 the daughter of Miller Averill and Minnie Pearl (Taylor) Hendricks in Eagle Township. Beva married Harold Arthur Staum on August 12, 1939 in Indianapolis, Indiana. They began their married life on the parental Lewis and Nellie Staum farm near Boaz, which they bought and farmed for 33 ½ years until they sold the farm in 1972. They then built a new home on some acreage they retained and lived there since March 1973. Beva was acting Postmaster in the Boaz Post Office from 1960-1964 until the office closed. She and Harold were involved in the beginning of the organization of the first Boaz 4-H Club, the Boaz Boosters. They were both very active in the Boaz United Methodist Church. Beva served as an officer in the Women's group, as a Sunday School teacher, and was Secretary-Treasurer of the church for many years. She also served in various offices of the Dayton Valley Homemakers, was a correspondent for the Richland Observer and served as the first treasurer of the newly organized Richland Center Christian Women's Club. Beva's cooking skills were legendary, she won many awards including the State Dairy Bake Off which was televised on WKBT in La Crosse. Her many talents included various crafts, sewing, and playing the piano by ear.
She is survived by four daughters, Bettsann (Ed) Dosch, Jean (Paul) McManaway, Vicki (Glen) Neuman, all of Richland Center, Sandra (Mark) Campbell of Boaz, one son, Richard Staum of Muscoda.
13 grandchildren: Dawn (Mike) Betters of Boca Raton, FL; Deb McCarthy of Richland Center; Stephan (Melody) Bruckner of Waunakee, WI; Suanne Bruckner of Richland Center; Jess (Jennifer) Hoth of Fort Atkinson; Erin (John) Monaghan of Lawrence, KS; Chad (Monica) Allaback of Appleton, WI; Tanya (Mike) Upman of Dodgeville, WI; Amy (Shane Kelly) Campbell of Oregon, WI; Jennifer ( Andrew) Jandt of Onalaska, WI; Megan (Brian) Haun of West Salem, WI; Joshua ( Deb) Staum of Soldiers Grove; and Abbey (Josh) Hughes of Madison; 26 great-grandchildren, Three sisters, Bedell Mezera of Prairie du Chien, Benita Storms of Richland Center, Beth (Charles) Hilleshiem of Richland Center, many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Beva was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Harold, sister Bedene Johnson, and two grandchildren, Scott Bruckner and Robert Bruckner.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 19, 2012 at 2:00 PM at the Pratt Memorial Chapel with Pastors Barbara Miller and Craig Peach officiating. Burial will follow in the Boaz Cemetery. Friends may call at the Pratt Community Hall on Sunday, November 18, 2012 from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM and again on Monday, November 19, 2012 at the Pratt Memorial Chapel from 1:00 PM until the time of the service at 2:00 PM. The family suggests memorials in Beva's name be directed to the Boaz United Methodist Church or the Boaz Cemetery Association. The Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service of Richland Center is assisting the family with their arrangements. Online condolences can be made at prattfuneralservice.com.