Beverly Eugenia Newak

September 8, 1923March 27, 2019

Mom was born in Fargo, ND to Paul Dedrick and Regina Louise Nelson on September 8, 1923. She attended Fargo high school where she sang in the choir and performed with the speaking choir. She love to roller skate and ice skate. While attending Concordia College, she worked at N.W. Bell Telephone. With the onset of World War II, she joined the US Navy as a capital WAVE. She said to the recruiter "use me where you need me." After training in New York, she was stationed in Jacksonville, Florida where she taught the Marines and Soldiers how to shoot machine guns. She met our father over the teletype machine. They were married in May of 1947. I was born in April 1949. We lived in Detroit, Michigan until the Korean War called our dad back into the Navy. He was stationed in Imperial Beach, California. Mom and I, now two years old, rode the train across the country to our new home in National City. Jan was born in June 1952. Mom and dad decided to move out into the country (La Mesa)! Paula was born in November 1955 and Robert Jr. in January 1962. Mom was a stay-at-home mother as there was only one car and dad needed to drive to work. Mom loved to cook, sew and garden. She volunteered as a Pink Lady at Sharp Hospital, helped at the La Mesa thrift shop, and served at St. Luke’s were ever there was a need. She taught Sunday school, hosted circle, cook soup for Lenten services, ironed and washed the altar linens. In her later years, she lost her sight and her mobility, but she never lost her mind and positive spirit. To the day she want to be with Jesus, Mom was able to be in her home with her companion dog Falcon. The family wishes to thank her sweet caregiver Edie Foster, her St. Luke’s family for their prayers, and all of our friends who have blessed us throughout these 95+ years of mom’s life.

-Jan Lambert, Paula Wickman, Bob Newak and Debbir Haynes


  • Graveside Service Friday, April 12, 2019

Beverly Eugenia Newak

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Dave Nelson

April 13, 2019

I admired Aunt Bev for always staying in touch with us - from traveling out for my wedding to the phone calls and cards. I was always impressed by her service to our country. I know my Dad was pretty proud of that too. My sympathies to the Newak family.

Dave Nelson

Alan Nelson

April 10, 2019

Hi All! Sending my condolences. Your mom was a wonderful and very strong woman. So enthusiastic and to me seemed so knowledgeable. I always get a kick out of telling people my Aunt taught Marines how to shoot the big guns on the Navy ships!

Take care and God Bless you all!

best regards,