Shirley Mae Beekman,
Feb. 8, 1937 — May 28, 2017
Shirley Mae Beekman, 80, of Eau Claire, passed away at The Classic at Hillcrest Green Memory Care Facility on May 28, 2017, with family at her side, transitioning to life eternal with Jesus Christ. Shirley was born on Feb. 8, 1937, to Wilmer and Evelyn (Helm) Moegenburg in Cedarburg.
She was baptized into faith in Jesus Christ on March 20, 1937, and personally voiced that faith at her confirmation on April 2, 1950, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cedarburg.
Shirley attended public school in Cedarburg, graduating from Cedarburg High School in 1955, where she was cheerleader, editor of school yearbook and member of prom court. Upon graduation from high school, Shirley worked in retail in Milwaukee. In 1956, she met her future husband, Marlin (Marty) Beekman, a South Dakota engineering student who had been hired by Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) to work one summer on Interstate construction north of Milwaukee.
Shirley and Marty were engaged in 1957, shortly after Marty graduated and accepted a permanent position with WisDOT in Eau Claire. They were married on April 26, 1958, in Cedarburg and established their home in Eau Claire, where they raised their four children and remained until their deaths.
The lead byline under Shirley’s senior yearbook picture is, "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." Those who knew Shirley would all agree she approached every avenue in her life with great enthusiasm as a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, Immanuel Lutheran High School Lancer sports fan or University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Blugold Basketball fan. An exceptional cook, she loved to host gatherings for friends and family and share her baked and canned goods as gifts. As a professional seamstress, her handiwork was sought after for many special-occasion dresses and wedding gowns. As gardener extraordinaire, Shirley’s colorful gardens showcased her love of nature and welcomed many passersby to detour through her yard to enjoy the many flowers. Shirley was also deeply patriotic and passed on her love of our country to her children and grandchildren with her endless optimism and energy, proudly wearing her red, white and blue at local parades, picnics and many special events proudly standing with her hand on her heart as the flag passed by or the anthem sung.
Her greatest enthusiasm was for her Savior Jesus Christ and she carried His message in every aspect of her life. Along with husband Marty, Shirley was a charter member of Messiah Lutheran Church and Grade School, formed in 1959. Shirley was confident in her salvation and shared that love for over 25 years as a Sunday School teacher of pre-school children at Messiah– eventually to second generation students. She worked tirelessly in supporting Messiah as well as Immanuel Lutheran High School, College, and Seminary, which were located in Eau Claire in the early 1960s. She volunteered her God-given talents through literally hundreds of hours of her time to these institutions in every imaginable way. Her children, grandchildren and now great-grandchildren have all benefited from the daily message of Jesus Christ as students in those institutions.
Shirley’s victory service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 1, 2017, at Messiah Lutheran Church, 2015 N. Hastings Way, Eau Claire.
Visitation will be at the church beginning at 10 a.m. Private committal services will take place at Rest Havens Cemetery in the town of Washington.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers any memorials in Shirley’s name be made out to: Messiah Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School, Alzheimer’s Association.
The family would also like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Luther-Mayo hospice care and The Classic staff for their compassion and services these past several months. And to the pastors of Messiah Lutheran for their visits filled with spiritual comfort and remainders of the salvation secured in Jesus Christ that Mom now enjoys.
Shirley is survived by her children Dan (Yola) Beekman of Eagan, Minn.; Tom (Kelly) Beekman Eau Claire.; Jolene (Jim) Albrecht of Okabena, Minn.; Kathleen (Darin) Oster of Eau Claire, 23 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Donald (Jan) Moegenburg of Grafton; brother-in-law Al Kempf of Plymouth; sister-in-law Darla Gullerud of Eau Claire; sister- in-law Jan Beekman of Waupaca. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband Marty, her parents Wilmer and Evelyn Moegenburg and her sister Mary Ann (Moegenburg) Kempf.
Friends and family may offer condolences online atwww.fullerspeckienhulke.com.