Irene Beckman
November 30, 1922 - August 17, 2012
Our devoted mother and grandmother, Irene Beckman, passed away peacefully in Ludington on August 17, 2012. She was born November 30, 1922 in Shelby, Michigan to Henry and Bertha Wieman. Irene graduated from Shelby High School and Western Michigan University. Following graduation she married Lawrence Beckman on April 4, 1945. He preceded her in death in April of 2005. She was employed as a teacher at Thomas Read Elementary in Shelby for many years. Her family was first and foremost in her life. Her happy times were sitting on the bleachers watching her children and grandchildren participate in athletics. She also enjoyed reading, playing cards, crossword puzzles and was an avid fan of the Lions, Tigers and Pistons. She was an active member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. She will be sadly missed by her children, Rod (Traci) Beckman, Bill (Laurie) Beckman, Linda (Bob) Gosselin and Tom (Jodi) Beckman; grandchildren, Jamie (Trish), Derek, Lance (Lori), Jordan, Kendra, Kevin (Jenna); and great-granddaughter, Siena. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Laurel; her parents; her brothers, Bob, Don, Roger; and sister, Myrtle. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Marguerite Reames, Ruth Wieman and Carolyn Wieman and brother-in-law, Lavern "Tuff" Beckman. Visitation is Monday, August 20th, 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Harris Funeral Home in Shelby with a scripture service at 7:30 pm. The Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, August 21st, 11 am at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Shelby with Father Phillip Witkowski as Celebrant. Interment will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Shelby. In lieu of flowers, memorials to either Harbor Hospice, 1050 W. Western Avenue, Suite 400, Muskegon, MI 49441 or Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 1372 S. Oceana Drive, Shelby, MI 49455, are appreciated. DIRECTIONS to the funeral home - go back to our home page and click on "directions". DIRECTIONS to the church - The church is located on Oceana Drive at the north village limits of Shelby. To find the church from US 31, take the Shelby exit (exit 144) and go east 1 mile to the stop sign. Take a left turn onto State Street (Oceana Drive) and go about 1 mile. The church is on the right (east) side of the road at 1372 S. Oceana Drive.

Funeral Information


Monday, August 20, 5 to 7:30 pm at Harris Funeral Home in Shelby. Scripture Service Monday 7:30 pm at the funeral home


Tuesday, August 21, 11 am at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Shelby


Mount Hope Cemetery in Shelby

Scott & Leann Smith

Linda & Bob, May beautiful memories of your beloved mother be with you now & in the days to come. Peace & Love.

Marty and Diane Balkema

We are so sorry to hear about your Mom. She was very sweet lady and I always enjoyed talking to her. She will be missed by everyone.

Mike and Judie NcGovern

Rod, Bill, Linda, and Tom, Our condolences on your mother's passing. She was several of our childrens' teacher; We always enjoyed talking with her. She was a wonderful lady. May all your memories bring you comfort. You're in our thoughts and prayers.

Shari Gosselin & Drew Sales

When I think of Irene, I think of someone who had her priorities right and valued that which is most valuable – family. She was a proud and dedicated mom, and I am so fortunate to have gotten to share one of her most valuable treasures….her daughter Linda. When my brother Bob married Linda I got a bonus sister. Our hearts go out to you Linda, as well as Bill, Rod and Tom. Rest in peace, Irene, you loved well, and were well loved.

Diane and Pete Warburton

Linda, Bob, Lance, Jordan and the entire Beckman family, The Gosselin family has been so fortunate to share our lives with the Beckman family. Irene's children and grandchildren were her most precious treasures and she gave the world such a special gift of wonderful people. Her spirit and love lives on through all of you and she will be sorely missed.

Ann Campagna

Dear Rod, Bill, Linda and Tom, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I have such fond memories of not only growing up in the same neighborhood with your parents and you, but also that your mom was one of my favorite teachers. She will be missed by many. You are are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Deb Gosselin

Linda, Bob, Lance, Jordan and all the Beckman family, Irene was such a wonderful lady. She brought intelligence, good humor, and love to not only her family but to her students as well. Her responsible, loving children and grandchildren are testament to the marvelous lady that she was. Linda, I feel so lucky to have you as part of our family, and my heart goes out to you. Debbi

Sandy & Lee Dean

Thinking of all of you at this sad time. Keep those warm memories of Mom close as they will become even warmer in time. May she rest in peace.

Doug and Laura

You are in our thoughts and prayers at this trying time. Mrs. Beckman had an impact on so many lives in our community. The community has been blessed by her life. God is good.

Bill and Marilyn Glover

To the Beckman Family We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers. May the Lord wrap his loving arms around you and give you comfort at this difficult time.

Sharon Young

My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time of grieving for such a wonderful person as Irene. She was a blessing to all of us at Ludington Woods and has given us many memories of her.

Mary G. Morningstar

The Beckman Family -- Irene was such a great neighbor, if I arrived at just the right time I sometimes had supper with her. She sure had patience when she was treaching me to play Hand and Foot. Hold on to your memories and bring them out now and then. Love Mary

Marlene Schihl

Dear Beckman family, I have many fond memories of your Mom and Dad. We enjoyed our time at Crystal Lake with them, your Dad so funny, your Mom in charge! I know you will all miss her very much. She was a special person. Right now she is heaven playing cards with your Dad with a big grin on her face(if she is winning). You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love and hugs to all, Marlene

Harbor Hospice

We send our sincere sympathy to your family. We are here to support you in your time of loss – today and for as long as you need us. – The Staff of Harbor Hospice.

Nancy Falkner

Please accept my prayers and condolences. The community was and is a better place, because she was a great part of it.

Helen Gerig

Linda, Tom, Bill and Rod, I was sorry to hear about your moms passing. She was one of my favorite people to be around and we spent many hours on bleachers together!!! She was always proud of her family, a great mom,grandmother and wife!! She had a wonderful life and will be missed by many!

Cindy (Hoekenga) Dean

Beckman Family, So sorry to hear about Rene's passing. I got to see her a few years ago when Derek was home and it brought back a lot of fond memories. I too remember sitting around the kitchen table playing cards, Crystal Lake and going to the basketball games when Tom was playing. Thinking of you all at this time. Cindy

Ann and Randy Herrygers

Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Irene--she always had a kind word to say to us all those years we watched our son and her grandson play sports together. What a positive person she was even when the boys didn't always win or play their best. We have missed seeing her but you can rest assured that she has found happiness in her eternal resting place.


Mrs. Beckman was the first teacher I had when my family moved to Shelby. She gave me a lot of confidence. I recall I was scared about the move but Mrs. Beckman instilled confidence in me and taught me a lot. I can honestly state that of all the teachers/professors I ever had she is in the top five. I know she is in heaven. PS....Thank goodness for the confidence Mrs. Beckman gave me because I needed it for Mrs. Montgomery's class the following year.

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