Obituary for Gertrude Ellen Beechnau

Gertrude Ellen Beechnau

Birth Date: Nov. 26th, 1925
Date Passed: Oct. 16th, 2013


Gertrude Ellen Beechnau age 87, of Ravenna, MI died Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at Clark Retirement Community in Grand Rapids , MI. surrounded by her loving family. Gertrude was born on November 26, 1925 in St. Johns , Michigan to the late Leo and Bertha ( Anderson ) Henning. Gertrude married Louis H. Beechnau, D.O., on September 8, 1951, in St. Johns, Michigan . He preceded her in death on March 7, 1992. Gertrude is survived by: Daughters: Susan Martin and Judy (Mark) Olesnavage both of Grand Rapids , Mary (Rick) Boone of Saginaw, Ann Patterson of Ravenna and Christine (Tim) Carlson of Kent City. Sons: Dr. Timothy (JoAnn) Beechnau of Ravenna, John (Susan) Beechnau of Wisconsin, David Beechnau of Kent City and Andrew (Kris) Beechnau of Alabama. 27 Grandchildren and 15 Great Grandchildren. Siblings: , Pauline (Richard) Gion, Dean (Evelyn) Henning, Mary Lou Henning, Rita (Rich) Nowland, Leo (Barb) Henning, Joyce (Tom) Wilson, Janet ( Gary ) Light and Elizabeth Betty Jo (Loren) Hall. Sister In-Laws: Ruth Henning and Margaret Beachnau, Brother and Sister in-law: Richard and Rosemary Beachnau. Gertrude was preceded in death by: Parents, Husband Louis, Sister: Ethel L. (Clarence) Powers. Brothers: Jerry (Virgene) Henning and Paul Henning. Sister in-law: Maida Henning, Brothers in-law: Donald ( Pearl ) Beachnaw and William Beachnau A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 12:00 PM at St. Catherine Church, 12285 Hts. Ravenna Rd, Ravenna, MI. Rev. Fred Brucker presiding. Interment St. Catherine's Cemetery. Visitation at St. Catherine Parish Hall, 3381 Thomas St. on Friday, October 18, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM with Rosary at 7:45 PM. Also 1 hour prior to the mass on Saturday. Memorials may be directed to: St. Catherines School Endowment Fund, Beechnau/Thieme Memorial Fund, Clark Retirement Community (for Dementia Care), 1551 Franklin SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506, or Faith Hospice. Go to: or Facebook @ Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna to sign the online guestbook. The Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna is in charge of funeral arrangements. 231-853-6511


4:00pm to 8:00pm on
Oct. 18th, 2013 at St. Catherine's Hall
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11:00am to 12:00pm on
Oct. 19th, 2013 at St. Catherines Catholic Church
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12:00pm on Oct. 19th, 2013 at St. Catherines Catholic Church
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1:00pm on Oct. 19th, 2013 at
St. Catherines Catholic Cemetery
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