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Lindquist Funeral Home

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OBITUARY

Rev. M. Ronald Beinema

March 26, 1932March 8, 2020

Falmouth- Rev. M. Ronald Beinema, 87, beloved husband, father, grandfather and pastor, died peacefully on Sunday, March 8, 2020 in Scarborough. The son of Marvin Lawrence and Beatrice (Sault) Beinema, he was born in Worcester MA on March 26, 1932. He was raised in Whitinsville MA, and Bedford NH. His parents were very active in their church, which was a major influence on Ron’s decision to go into the ministry, and at age 17 he was the youngest person ever to be enrolled at the Bangor Theological Seminary. He served as a student pastor in Sherman Mills, ME for 5 years where he met the love of his life and future wife Janice Smallwood. He served as the pastor of the Sixth St. Church in Auburn for 5 years, and served for 32 years from 1962-1994 as the pastor of the Falmouth Congregational Church. During this time he received the “Distinguished Alumni Award” from the Bangor Theological Seminary. After his retirement from the Falmouth Congregational Church, he continued to serve in the greater Portland area for the next 20 years as interim pastor for 8 churches, finally “retiring” at the age of 80.

A natural storyteller, Ron’s sermons and children’s stories were engaging and heartwarming. He laced his sermons with stories and illustrations that captivated his congregations. His close relationships with his parishioners allowed him to personalize his services, whether it be a marriage or funeral service. His love for children was clear from the time and care he spent on preparation for his weekly children’s stories, as the children would flock to the front of the church to participate in whatever story he was going to tell. This love continued even into his last months on earth where he enjoyed watching children play at the indoor playground where he liked to eat his lunch.

Always a pastor and educator, Ron saw the need in 1976 to form a support group for parents of gay and lesbian children of the church. Ronald was a leader for the Protestant Hospital Ministry Board, and was instrumental in the founding of the Southern Maine Pastoral Counseling Center. Ron was often called upon by the Chief of Police when tragic news needed to be communicated, it was understood that it would be delivered in a warm and compassionate way.

Ron was a strong supporter of the ecumenical movement in Maine, and fostered a spirit of cooperation among the various churches in the community. For his endeavors he was awarded the 1993 Ecumenical Achievement Award from the Maine Council of Churches for outstanding contribution to ecumenical activities.

Ron is survived by his wife of 63 years, Janice Beinema of Falmouth, his daughters Marilee Beinema of Portland, Faith Berardi, and her husband David of Hampton Falls NH, and Erin Beinema of Falmouth. He is also survived by his grandchildren Matthew, Nathan, Spring, and Lana, and his nieces Keri and Melinda, and nephews Derek and Alan.

He was predeceased by his sister Diann Carroll.

A Celebration of Life Service will be scheduled for later this spring to be held at the Falmouth Congregational Church, 267 Falmouth Rd, Falmouth. Donations may be made in Ron’s memory to the Falmouth Congregational Church Memorial Fund. Arrangements are under the care of Lindquist Funeral Home.

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Gary / Martha Scheuchzer

March 22, 2020

We are deeply saddened to hear of Ron's passing. We send the family our most sincere condolences. I (Gary)have had the honor of knowing Ron for way more than half my life so far. He married Martha and I, and baptized both of our sons. He has been a most influential force in our family and I'm sure many others as well.

Rest well, Ron. You have been performed your duties well. Until we meet again.

Rev. Stephen Carnahan

March 17, 2020

Ron befriended me when I was new in Maine, back in 1998. We worked together in a few situations, but most of our contact continued at Hadlock Field. When I would go to a Sea Dogs game I would hunt for Ron in the stands, and very often found him. Many times we enjoyed the game together, talking that wonderful mix of baseball and theology. I was amused at the way the other pastors always seemed to refer to him by his last name, rather than his first. I found Ron to be a warm and joyful person, and it was always a pleasure to spend time with him.

Rev. Natalie Blake

March 16, 2020

Ron was a wonderful teacher, full of stories with a point and a store of funny tales. I met Ron 10 or so years ago at a clergy group and he was very welcoming and gracious. The group really sparkled together and Ron was a big part of that. We went out to breakfast on the first day back after a break and Ron always enjoyed these excursions.
I will truly miss him, his sharp wit, friendly companionship and deep grounding in the Lord.

Susan Gilpin

March 16, 2020

Ron was one of the first pastors to welcome me in 1996 when I came to serve Prides Corner Church in Westbrook. He led the PHM board for many years and made me feel welcome there, too. I will always treasure the kindness he and Janice showed me, especially when I was new.

Peter and Ellie Mercer

March 16, 2020

Jan,

Peter and I are so sorry to hear about Ron's death. We have fond memories of Peter's first years at the Foreside Community Church and our connection with the two of you. You were such a wonderful support to the two of us as we were feeling our way in a new community and as Peter began his ministry.

We are both sending you our love imagining what a difficult time this transition will be for you having been together for so long. But it is also a celebration of two lives well lived.

Much love
Peter and Ellie Mercer

MARTIAL MASON

March 15, 2020

I am saddened to hear this. He always treated me very nicely and was a good person.

Laurie Davis

March 11, 2020

What I remember fondly about Reverend Ron is the warm smile with which he greeted our family when we first came to the church the year before he retired. How fortunate we were to participate in worship with him.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY