Beverly Joan Lance
OREGON-Beverly Joan Lance, age 76, found peace and rest on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, with her family by her side, after a long and incredibly painful struggle from the debilitating effects of Parkinson’s Disease, Lupus, and a stroke she had suffered in 2009.
Bev was born in Rockford, Ill, the daughter of Gerald and Elsie Marten; the Martens were unable to care for all five of their children, so Jacquie and Bev were blessed to have lived with and be raised by Cyril and Mina Lance. It was on the Lance farm where Bev met the love of her life, Ralph. Bev and Ralph built a home on Hwy B in Oregon and raised their family. Once Mina and Cyril had passed on, Bev and Ralph moved back to the farm and built a new home for their retirement years. Bev served in many roles over the years, including being a dental assistant, becoming Oregon’s first female mail carrier, working for the Oregon School District, and filling many positions with Dane County, the last which was working for Human Services. She was proud to be a member of the Oregon Area Fire and EMS for 24 years as an EMT-D, as well as a volunteer for the Fitch-Rona and Stoughton EMS services. Afterwards, she remained an auxiliary member and co-coordinated the annual fundraising craft fair. She was a very social, creative and talented person, and she and Ralph explored their creativity together by learning wood carving and adding realistic details with paint to their waterfowl and fish masterpieces. Bev took an interest in genealogy and reached out to distant relatives so she could document the Lance family history. She made many scrapbooks as her legacy. She loved using the computer, learning how to use new programs, and staying in contact with family and friends via email; unfortunately Facebook became popular after she could no longer type; she would have loved it! With the help of her friend, Peg Schmidt, she was able to continue sending cards to remember everyone’s special events. Bev was a faithful lifetime member of People’s United Methodist Church in Oregon. When the church built a new facility, she championed the fight to preserve the beautiful and historical stained glass windows from the old church so others could enjoy them for generations. She also was a member of Oregon-Brooklyn-McFarland VFW Post No. 10272 Ladies’ Auxiliary.
Bev leaves behind her husband of 58 years, Ralph Lance; daughters, Debra Lance and Diane (Lance) Zimmer; beloved grandson, Alex Lance Zimmer; dear sister, Jacqueline Mahoney; brother, Tom (Carol) Marten; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her son, Dean Lance (age 50) in 2007; and infant son, Dale Marten Lance in 1961.
Funeral services will be held at PEOPLE’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 103 N. Alpine Parkway, Oregon, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. Burial will be at Prairie Mound Cemetery. A luncheon will be served at the church following the burial. Visitation will be held at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Parkinson’s Disease Foundation to help find relief for those who suffer from this affliction. Bev wanted to thank Ralph, who unselfishly and steadfastly cared for her after her stroke; she was also so appreciative of all the love and support she received from family and friends.
Death leaves a heartache that no one can heal. Love leaves a memory that no one can steal. In life we loved you dearly; in death we do the same, It breaks our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone; For part of us went with you, the day God called you home. Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same; But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.
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