Beverly Ann Kasprzak, 71

Beverly Ann KasprzakWords most often used to describe Beverly (Bev) A. Kasprzak were caring, cheerful, creative, intelligent and best friend. Bevís family and friends sadly miss her and know that she has Godís blessing. She always supported her husband, daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren with a never-ending love. Bev passed away on May 12 at Froedtert Hospital after a long battle with a liver disease.

She was born in Eureka, Calif., while her dad served in the U.S. Coast Guard. Her parents, Carroll and Margie Ray, preceded her in death. Bedford, Ind. was home during her elementary and high school years. Bev always knew that she wanted to be an elementary teacher. She graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 1966 with a B.S. degree in education. Her student teaching was done in Bloomington.

She had a first date with an Indiana pharmacist. Thus, Bev and Ken began a loving relationship, and they were married on June 25, 1966.

With two girls and spouse, she moved to Lafayette, Ind., then Grand Rapids, Mich., before settling in Green Bay. They resided in Green Bay for 30 years. Bev put a teaching career on hold as love for her children made her the best stay-at-home mom. During those years, Bev was an active volunteer: Girl Scout troop leader, Green Bay School Board member, officer in the school parent teacher organization. She also had hobbies, such as photography, sewing and Wycinanki (Polish paper-cut design). Sewing projects included clothes for her girls, window curtains, quilts and even her husbandís ties.

As college began for her daughters, Bev returned to the classroom as a third- and fourth-grade teacher at Denmark Elementary School. She retired in 2003.

Bev loved to cook gourmet meals for her family. She taught her husband many things, none of which was how to cook.

However, she did convert him to a love of reading and travel. Bev always had a book in hand or was listening to books on tape. Beginning with a trip to Scotland while Melanie did her student teaching, she planned annual visits with Ken to many destinations. She was a tour guide extraordinaire. Bev loved art and history and traveled to France, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Belgium and the Netherlands. Visiting art museums and castles were always a must. Her favorite was Musee díOrsay in Paris. She enjoyed hiking on Irelandís Dingle Peninsula. During their last international trip, she fulfilled a dream of attending a Shakespeare play at Stratfordís Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Londonís Globe Theatre.

Bev missed southern Indiana, so in 2004, she and Ken built their dream home in Bloomington. Bev loved jazz music and attended many events with Ken. She also was active in jazz for Bloomington and worked with area musicians to promote a love of music. As her disease worsened, she moved back to Wisconsin close to family. The last two years were especially a health challenge. Bev was never one to complain, no matter how her illness dictated life events. Family and friends dearly loved her.

A memorial service will be held at St. Peter of Alcantara Church in Port Washington at a date and time to be announced by her family. Bev was a member of the First Christian Church in Bloomington and the Grafton American Legion Auxiliary.

Beverly is survived by her husband, Ken; daughters, Beth Froelich of Port Washington and Melanie Gram of Coral Springs, Fla.; sons-in-law, Jeff Froelich and Jamie Gram; and three grandchildren, Matt and Nick Froelich and Trinity Gram.

The Eernisse Funeral Home in Port Washington is assisting the family with arrangements; Online condolences may be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.