Life Story / Obituary
Beverly Lorraine (Feldstein) Weckstein was born July 5, 1932, and passed away December 22, 2022 at age 90. Most recently Beverly was residing in Northern Michigan.
Beverly was born in Chicago, Illinois. She lived there until moving to Escanaba, Michigan at the age of two.
Beverly graduated from Escanaba High School in 1950. While there she was the high school debate team leader. She was an accomplished swimmer and worked as a lifeguard in the summers at a camp for children with disabilities. Beverly was also a beautiful figure skater participating in the High School ice reviews where she had a solo as a senior skating to Symphony in Blue. In addition, she participated in cadet teaching, leading to Beverly getting her teaching degree in special education upon attending Normal Michigan College (now Eastern Michigan University).
Growing up Beverly shared a sense of humor with her father, and they used to mail each other long rolls of toilet paper with messages from assorted friends and family, among other surprises.
Beverly’s college career included being the first female editor of the Normal News (later the Eastern Echo). It was also there where she met and married the business editor of the newspaper, her husband, Stephen.
After graduating from college Beverly taught Special Education for 20 years. She was also active in the Ypsilanti League of Women Voters. Another position held by Beverly was that of being one of only two non-Hispanic Directors of SER-Jobs for Progress, Inc of Lake County, Illinois. Upon retirement she and her husband Stephen owned the Packerdeli, a Green Bay Packer memorabilia business for many years. Both Beverly and Stephen were also active members and facilitators of Survivors of Suicide.
Survivors include her children, Janis Weckstein of Northern Michigan, William (Joyce) Weckstein of Arizona, Susan Heise of Wisconsin; grandchildren Aaron Gaubatz (Sadie), Rachel Jingles (Michael), Carly Goldsmith, Caitlyn Goldsmith, Sara Meinen (Corey), Stacyann Maynard (Scott); Emanuel Goldsmith; 11 great grandchildren; sister Phyllis Swonk (Jim Goerke), brother and sister in-law Lou and Lynda Weckstein, brother and sister-in law Donald and Caryl Weckstein as well as close family friend Von Seavolt.
Beverly was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Stephen Weckstein, daughter Ruthann Goldsmith, parents, Emanuel, and Ann (Lilienthal) Feldstein and Mother and Father in-law, Samson, and Rosalie (Stein) Weckstein.
A memorial celebration will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona in the early summer. Contributions may be made in Beverly’s memory to the Paul Oliver Living and Rehabilitation Activity Center, 224 Park Avenue, Frankfort, MI 49635. Beverly, along with her husband Stephen, loved participating in all the activities there including bingo, dice, arts and crafts, planting flowers and field trips.
Please visit www.lifestorytc.com to share your thoughts with the family and more. Arrangements by Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City, Michigan.