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August 13, 1928 – Sunday, August 21, 2011

Service Information
Atonement Lutheran Church in Beloit, Wisconsin
Monday, August 29, 2011
1:00 P.M.

Visitation Information
Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota
Friday, August 26, 2011
4-7 P.M.

Beverly Jean Chilson, age 83, formerly of Buffalo passed away Sunday, August 21st, 2011, at her residence.

She was born on August 13, 1928, in Beloit, Wisconsin, the daughter of Oscar J. “Swede” & Genevieve L. Bellard Olson.

Beverly was instructed in the Christian faith and confirmed at the former Evangelical Covenant Church on Brooks Street in Beloit.

She was a 1946 graduate of Beloit Memorial High School.

On June 11, 1949, Beverly Jean Olson & Robert Benjamin Chilson were joined in holy marriage at Atonement Lutheran Church in Beloit. The Reverend Frank A. Berg performed the wedding ceremony. God blessed their marriage with two sons, Kevin and Mark.

Following their marriage, Bev and Bob lived in Carthage, Illinois and in Cincinnati, Ohio, while Bob pursued his education following his service in World War II.

*When Bob became a licensed funeral director and embalmer, he and Bev moved to Milwaukee. During this time in Milwaukee, both of their sons were born.

In 1957, Bev and Bob, with their two young sons, returned to their hometown of Beloit and opened The Chilson Funeral Home, Keeler at Nelson Avenues.

Beverly worked for many years as an executive secretary in the Magneto Division of Fairbanks-Morse.

She eventually attended and graduated from The National Foundation of Funeral Service in Evanston, Illinois. Beverly spent the remainder of her working years, helping both her husband and son in their funeral homes.

She was a former faithful member of Atonement Lutheran Church in Beloit. Bev was also active in Wright School’s P.T.A. Later, she would become a member of PEO and Federated Women.

Survived by loving sons: Kevin B. (Tami) Chilson of Winsted, Minnesota and Mark R. (Claire) Chilson of Centerville, Ohio; grandchildren: Benjamin Chilson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Sarah Chilson of Centerville, Ohio, Ruth Anne “Ruthie” Chilson of Charlotte, North Carolina, Daniel, Amelia, Genevieve “Gen” & Dahkota “Cody” Chilson all of Winsted, Minnesota, Ryan Winkler of Cleveland, OH, Allison (Marine Corporal William Zachary) Carman of Columbus, OH, and Corinne Winkler of Columbus, OH; great grandsons Blake Chilson of Winsted, Minnesota and Brooks Carman of Columbus,OH; a sister: Yvonne (Arthur) James of Beloit, Wisconsin; a nephew: Arthur “Reggie” (Karen) James and a niece: Vicki (Jeff) Letcher all of Beloit; a godchild: Wendy Berner Rauscher; grand nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Beverly especially loved her grandchildren!

Preceded in death by husband: Robert B. Chilson on November 13, 2005, and by her mother: “Grandma Gen” and her father.

Funeral services for Beverly Chilson will be held on Monday, August 29th at 1:00 P.M. at Atonement Lutheran Church, 901 Harrison Avenue, in Beloit, Wisconsin. The Reverend Tina Koenig Ray will officiate and interment will follow at East Lawn Cemetery in Beloit, Wisconsin.

Friends may call on Monday, August 29th AT THE CHURCH one hour prior to services.

A visitation will also be held on Friday, August 26th from 4-7 P.M. at The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to

7 Guestbook Entries

  1. Lloyd and Kathy Maas

    Kevin, We were so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers! Our love, the Maas Family

  2. Sue Wynn

    Over the past few years of my knowing Bev, I’m privilaged to have known her. So strong, never complaining, and was passionate about her family. I will miss her greatly. Proud to have known her and her family!

  3. Valerie Ramsey

    I read about your mother’s passing in the paper today, Mark. Please accept my condolences to your family.

  4. Michele VanSickle

    Mark, I am so sorry for your loss! I hope you are filled with many happy memories over the next few weeks to help ease your grief.

  5. Brian & Maria DeCoteau

    Dear Kevin,
    Sorry to hear about your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sorry we couldn’t be there in person, but we did pray for you and your family. It’s hard to sometimes stay strong during this time of sorrow, but we prayed that you will keep going. I’m sure she was very, very proud of you and all you do for the people. We sure are. And we thank you so much. Our prayers are with you, Kevin.

  6. Marilyn and Kenneth Shockley

    Kevin, Mark and families; we were pleased to meet your families at Beverly’s beautiful funeral. Bev often told us about all of you. We have many wonderful memories with Bob and Bev. Thank you for your grand hospitality and the well conducted funeral day. Mark’s eulogy was special and delivered
    with the eloquence that Mom deserved.
    May God comfort you at this tender time.

  7. Doyle Hofer

    Kevin, I am sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She was always so kind to me during my days in Buffalo. May you and your family know the peace and comfort of God during this time.


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