September 4, 1940 - December 18, 2013
Beverly Ann Stein, age 73, of Marion, IL, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at her home. She was born on Wednesday, September 4, 1940, in Portland, IN the daughter of Howard "Swede" and Lula Marie (Pratt) Olson. Ann grew up in Portland and was a graduate of Portland High School in 1958. After graduation she attended Ball State University in Muncie, IN. Early in her life, beginning while she was in high school and continuing into college, Ann worked at People's Bank of Portland, IN. She was united in marriage to Robert L. "Bob" Stein on Sunday, September 11, 1960, in the Asbury United Methodist Church of Portland, IN and together they have shared the last fifty-three years of marriage. Ann remained at home, seeing to the needs of her family and managing her home, while maintaining involvement in community and school activities such as Jaycees, Band Boosters, and strongly supporting church functions wherever she lived. She was the “spark plug” in getting new band uniforms for the school her children attended in VA., as well as multiple other community projects too numerous to mention. After her children were raised, she worked as a real estate agent in northern VA and was a strong supporter of Concerned Women of America, regularly lobbying the U.S. Congress. She also spent much time praying at the U.S. Supreme Court during critical decisions affecting our country. As a result of her husband's job she has lived in the states of Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and finally, retiring in Southern Illinois. Ann has been an active member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church of Marion, IL since 1993, where she was involved in the church’s intercessory prayer ministry, being known as a "prayer warrior." She enjoyed singing and was in adult church choirs wherever she lived, including Aldersgate, and was past director of the Aldersgate children's Choir. She was actively involved with the Marion Historic Preservation Commission and Marion Main Street Organization for many years and served as Republican Precinct Committee Woman for the Williamson County Southern 2 precinct, always turning out a large voter presence. In her spare time she studied the Bible and was a faithful prayer intercessor on behalf of her family, government, pastor, friends, and other needs. Her desire for knowledge fed her love for reading books by many Christian authors. Her favorite task was cooking, but also enjoyed sewing and made clothing for her children and grandchildren. She designed and made wedding gowns for her daughter, daughter-in-law and a friend. Ann loved her church family and her community. Though she always kept busy being involved in many activities, the one thing that brought her great joy was doing for and having her family around. The many memories that have been created will now be cherished by those she leaves behind. She is survived by her husband, Bob Stein of Marion, IL; two sons and daughters-in-law, Melvin Robert and Ana Stein of Bryant, IN and Rev. Bevan D. and Laura Stein serving as missionaries in the Eastern European country of Slovakia; daughter and son-in-law, Annamarie S. and Rev. Dr. Hal Hamilton of Tulsa, OK; twelve grandchildren, Ana Paola, Adrianna and her husband, Steve, John, Grace, Katerina, Peter and his wife, Maria, Rebekah and her husband, Philippe, Hannah, Caleb, Maranatha and David; three great grandchildren, Rebeka, Rachel and Alec; twin brother, David "Alan" Olson of Danville, KY; sister-in-law, Carol Smith and her husband, Russ of Portland, IN; brother-in-law, Norman Stein and his wife, Beverly of New Haven, IN; brother-in-law, Sam Shoemaker of Carmel, IN, other extended family and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Sylvia "Sue" Shoemaker. Arrangements for Beverly Ann Stein were entrusted to Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, 900 N. Court St., Marion, IL. The time of visitation for family and friends was on Friday, December 20th, 2013, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Visitation resumed on Saturday, December 21st, from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, located at 1201 N. Fair Street, Marion. During the time of visitation a “Reflection of Life” DVD Memorial Tribute featuring special people, places and events of Ann’s life was presented to the family and friends. Following the time of visitation at the church the funeral service was at 11:00 a.m. with Ann's minister, the Rev. Dr. Tim Ozment and Ann's son, Rev. Bevan D. Stein presiding. The service concluded with comments presented by Ann’s son, Melvin R. Stein. The eulogy was presented by Ann’s brother, Alan Olson. Comments of memory were also presented by Patti Howard and Joanne Swafford and concluding with Ann’s son, Bevan presenting comments of appreciation about his mother. The prelude and postlude musical selections were presented by pianist, Judy Hopkins. Ann’s grandson, Caleb Hamilton presented a special instrumental piano selection that he composed called “For Grandma”. Also presented during the service was the special selection “In My Life Lord, Be Glorified” by Ann’s daughter, Annamarie Hamilton who played the flute and Ann’s grandson, Caleb Hamilton playing the piano. Special choral selections “That’s Him” and “Boundless Love” with presented by the Aldersgate Choir, led by Charles McCollum and accompanied by pianist, Judy Hopkins. Congregational hymns presented were “O Come, All Ye Faithful”, “Standing on the Promises” and “What a Friend We Have In Jesus”, led by Charles McCollum and accompanied by pianist, Judy Hopkins. Pallbearers serving in Marion, IL were; Bevan Stein, Melvin Stein, Mike Whittington, Bruce Griffith, Steve Smith and Bob Mitchell. Following the service the family and a large number of friends gathered in the Abundant Life Center of Aldersgate United Methodist Church for a meal and continued time of fellowship and support. Visitation resumed again on Monday, December 23rd, at 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at Westchester United Methodist Church, located northeast of Portland, IN, at 4487 East County Road 400 North. Following the time of visitation the funeral service was at 10:30 a.m. with Ann's son, Rev. Bevan D. Stein presiding. The eulogy was presented by Ann’s brother, Alan Olson. Comments of memory were also presented by many of those attending with closing comments presented by Ann’s sons, Melvin R. Stein and Bevan D. Stein. The prelude and postlude musical selections were presented by Ann’s daughter, Annamarie Hamilton playing her flute. Congregational hymns presented were “O Come, All Ye Faithful”, “Standing on the Promises” and “What a Friend We Have In Jesus”, led by Bevan Stein and accompanied by flutist, Annamarie Hamilton and guitarist, Scott Shoemaker. Also presented during the service was the special selection “In My Life Lord, Be Glorified” by Ann’s daughter, Annamarie Hamilton playing her flute. Interment followed in Green Park Cemetery of Portland, IN. Pallbearers in Portland, IN were Melvin Stein, Mike Whittington, Steve Fennig, Andy Fennig, Barry Fennig and Rany Fennig. After the committal service at the cemetery the family and friends gathered back at Westchester United Methodist Church for a meal and continued time of fellowship and support. Gifts in memory of Beverly Ann Stein were requested to be made payable to: International Messengers, PO Box 618, Clear Lake, IA 50428-0618. Gifts were designated “In memory of Ann Stein.” Gifts went to the ministry of Bevan and Laura Stein to “at-risk” children in Slovakia. For additional information please contact the funeral home by calling 618-993-2131.
Beverly Ann Stein, age 73, of Marion, IL, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at her home. She was born on Wednesday, September 4, 1940, in Portland, IN the daughter of Howard "Swede"... View Obituary & Service Information
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