Beverly Scheskie

August 23, 1931March 13, 2018

Beverly A. Scheskie, age 86, of Des Plaines, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. She was born August 23, 1931 in Valley Springs, SD and attended school in Chicago and Des Plaines, graduating from high school at the age of 16. At that young age, she met her future husband, Jim. They were married July 2, 1949 when Beverly was 17 and Jim was 21, and their deep love for each other lasted through nearly 69 years of marriage. Beverly enjoyed life, especially spending time with her family and serving others. A loving wife and totally devoted mother and grandmother, her greatest joy was to spend time with and care for her family. Her love was mirrored in the lives of her children and grandchildren who adored her. Beverly gave unconditional love and effort to everyone that she met and to everything that she did. She had an enduring faith in God that was one of her defining characteristics throughout her life. She was a devoted mother who gave unlimited love, time and attention to her children. After raising her daughters, she served as a second mother to her four grandsons who lived next door to her during most of their childhood. She was very involved in their lives and was so proud of the men they have become. An active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Beverly served for a year along with Jim as a missionary at an LDS church history site in Liberty, MO. She especially adored her 14 great-grandchildren and thoroughly enjoyed the time that she was able to spend with them. She is survived by her husband, James R. Scheskie, daughter Debbie (David) Buchanan of Montgomery, IL, grandchildren Scott (Emily) Leonard of Orem, UT, James (Jaime) Leonard of Gilbert, AZ, Jared (Amanda) Leonard of Chicago, Ryan Leonard of Montgomery, IL and Amanda Buchanan of Montgomery, IL. She is also survived by great-grandchildren Emma, Lily, Paige and Thomas Leonard of Orem, UT, Ashlyn and Aiden Leonard of Gilbert, AZ, Brighton and Austen Leonard of Chicago, and Phoenix, Alissa, Cadence, Sariah, Kamden and Leighton Buchanan, all of Montgomery, along with a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who were very dear to her heart. She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Edna Wirth, daughters Karen Scheskie who died as an infant, and Susan (Gary Pavlenkov) Scheskie who died in 2016, as well as two sisters, Shirley Pridham and Donna (Andy) Carlsson, a grandson Sean Buchanan, and other loved ones with whom she is now enjoying a happy reunion. Her visitation will be held at Oehler Funeral Home, 2099 Miner Street, Des Plaines, IL on Monday, March 19, 2018, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with visitation and funeral the following day March 20th at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2035 N. Windsor Dr, Arlington Heights, IL. A brief visitation will be held from 10:00 am to 10:30 a.m. with the funeral following at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Ridgewood Cemetery, 9900 N. Milwaukee Ave, Des Plaines, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Beverly’s name to LDS Philanthropies, 1450 N. University Ave, Provo, UT 84604 or to Ceres Community Project, P.O. Box 1562, Sebastopol, CA 95473.


  • Visitation Monday, March 19, 2018
  • Visitation Tuesday, March 20, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, March 20, 2018
  • Committal Service Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Beverly Scheskie

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Gary Pavlenkov

March 21, 2018

The first time I met Beverly it was on a Christmas visit to my wifes home there in Des Plaines. She was so inviting, gracious, loving, and just plain friendly. Like my mom, the next big question was "are you hungry Gary"....well of course I was. Boy, did she have choices to eat along with that wonderful smile of hers. I felt like I was back in time of sorts, her husband Jim greeted me like he'd known me for years. And of course couldn't wait to get me on the snow machine outside, Brrrrrrrr, really cold to the Sunshine California Kid. Now Bev would say "Jim he just got here" let him eat, saved by mom again! What a wonderful person, she spoke to me in a simple but invigorating tone to assure me how welcome I was in her home. Family conversations were warm with stories of my wife growing up, travels, and camp outs.
Beverly always thanked me for my service in Vietnam and hugged me that I made it back home. She was very inquisitive so that when any gift time was appropriate, I would get just what I wanted. When I was feeling down, she would bring me UP again. Man o Man....she was a hard worker too. When she came out to my place in California on a remodel she was a whirlwind and still got dinner going at the end of the day. She was a great inspiration for projects as was her daughter that I would be with for a number of years until her passing. I'm sure they've got projects going in heaven right now so if you see sparkles of light falling with colorful blurs falling on your head, Beverly and Susan are doing Gods work.