James E. Beckert

May 3, 1928February 26, 2011

JAMES E. BECKERT, age 82, passed away February 26, 2011. Beloved husband of the late Barbara; dear father of Sherry Perry (Charles), Mark (Esther), Mary Conley and the late Rosanne; beloved grandfather of Michelle, Amanda, Carol, Lauren, Marissa, Zachary, Emily and Hailey; dear great grandfather of Danielle, Tristen and Crayton. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, March 5th, at Our Lady of Angels Church, 3644 Rocky River Drive, at 10 A.M. Interment Sunset Memorial Park Family will receive friends in the CORRIGAN CRACIUN FUNERAL HOME, 14768 LORAIN AVE., Cleveland, Friday 2-4 and 6-8 P.M.


  • Funeral Mass Saturday, March 5, 2011
  • Visitation Friday, March 4, 2011
  • Visitation Friday, March 4, 2011

James E. Beckert

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John Kelly

March 13, 2011

I participate in the 6:00 am mass at Our Lady of Angels and had the pleasure of getting to know James. I was running late one morning and came into church like someone shot out of a cannon. The priest was flustered, but James was seemingly just delighted to see me as always. What a wonderful soul he had, always ready with a smile.

My sincere condolences to his family.

Conway Family

March 5, 2011

The Rosary at the wake, Navy-honor guard at the burial, Knights of Columbus, Franciscan Tertiary, 3 priest saying the mass for the family. What a life James Beckert lived! True Servant of God. God Bless. He will be missed at OLA and by his family.

Megan Conway

March 4, 2011

"I'm very sorry for your loss. Your family and friends are in my prayers in your time of need. "

March 4, 2011

Dear Mark and family,
I was sorry to learn of your father's passing and though I'm abroad right now, I extend my deepest condolences for your loss and offer my prayers on his behalf.
Patrick J. Salem

Edward Kelly

March 4, 2011

James was a great Franciscan Tertiary. He often related the story of how St. Francis taught his followers about the beauty of all Creation. St. Francis, in his Canticle to the Sun, said that in all of Creation, we all must come upon Sister Death. Here, Sister Death has, through the grace and compassion of Jesus Christ; to his Eternal Reward. Memory Eternal!

The Zwolinski Family

March 3, 2011

Ours thoughts and prayers for James Beckert and Family. What a truly genuine, tender, and loving man. We are truly grateful for his presence and kindness among us all these years. He will be thought of daily along with a candle lit in his honor, friendship and service to God. He was and will always be truly loved and missed.

Robert Conway

March 3, 2011

God Bless James Beckert & Family. The world has lost a great person and servant of God. I have know doubt he is in heaven looking over his family smiling!

Edward Kelly

March 3, 2011

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
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