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Jane I. Beckstrom

November 29, 1916 May 9, 2012
Jane I. Beckstrom
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Obituary for Jane I. Beckstrom

Loving Grandma and Great-Grandma

Rockford - Jane I. Beckstrom, 95, of Rockford, died peacefully with her family at her bedside, Wednesday, May 9, 2012, in Medina Nursing Center, Durand. Born November 29, 1916, on the family farm in Stephenson County, the daughter of Mark and Elsie (Bistline) Gutshall. Graduated from Pecatonica High School in 1934 and attended Brown's Business College in Rockford. Jane married Harold L. Beckstrom on November 2, 1968 and lived in the Pecatonica area until moving to Rockford in 1986. She worked as a medical secretary for Dr. John Sheagren and Dr. David Ellis, in Rockford, for 20 years. Volunteered as a "Pink Lady" at Rockford Memorial Hospital 20 years, was a member of First Evangelical Covenant Church in Rockford where she was a greeter, member of the Cherith Circle and deaconess.

Jane is lovingly survived by her grandson, Mark (Ellen) Hazzard of Winnebago; great-grandchildren, Megan Hazzard of Glen Ellyn and Alex Hazzard of Winnebago; nieces, Shirley Land of Cincinnati, Ohio and Pam Gutshall of Aurora; great-nephews, Andy (Rose) Gutshall of Colona, Brad (Marie) Gutshall of Naperville, Chad (Kaitlyn) Gutshall of Joliet, and Ross Land of Fort Mill, S.C.; great-niece, Katie (Mike) Grey of Minneapolis, Minn.; and several cousins in Pennsylvania. Predeceased by her husband, Harold Beckstrom on September 21, 1996; daughter, JoAn Hazzard on Dec. 28, 2010; grandson, Brian Hazzard on Oct. 28, 1974; brother, Ralph Gutshall; sister, Iva Messimore; and nephew, James Gutshall.

Jane was able to live independently through her 95th birthday, and the time since then her family would like to thank the staff at Heritage Woods of Belvidere, the ER doctors and nursing staff of A-3 and E-3 of Rockford Memorial Hospital, the staff of Medina Nursing Center and VNA Hospice.

Funeral Information

Service at 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 14, 2012, in Genandt Funeral Home, 602 N. Elida St., Winnebago, with visitation at 5:00 p.m. until service time; Pastor Jason McClenthen, of Rockford First, will officiate. Private burial in Pecatonica Cemetery, Pecatonica.

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