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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

18 Guestbook Entries

  1. Gregg & Gail Bright

    Dear Kevin & Family;
    Our hearts are saddened with loss of your Mother. We think of you often. You are in our prayers.

  2. Marne G Kolasa

    I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. Please know I am thinking of you and your family . Prayers of understanding and peace,


  3. Cheryl and Jay Loberg  Anchorage Alaska

    Sending our sympathy and prayers. Your parents were wonderful people and we were glad to have known them. May your family find peace and happiness in all the memories you shared. Again, so sorry for your loss. You are a special family!

  4. Marcie & Bill Martin

    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Your mom will join your dad now and is at peace.

  5. Al and Diane Gapinski

    To your family, we express our deepest sympathy and God’s blessings.

  6. Leanne LaFave

    Kevin and family – my deepest sympathies to you in the passing of your Mom. Sending prayers to you all.

  7. Ed Blair

    Dear Kevin and Tami and family,

    I read the obituary about your mom, Kevin. Thanks for the completeness.

    I fondly remember both Bob and Bev from their work at the chapel and mostly from their faithful participation at Zion Lutheran. Their smiles said a lot. I didn’t go to women’s circle meetings, but your Mom did. I remember how your dad carried on with work and worship despite his obvious difficulty in walking. (It was fun to come back to Buffalo with him when we went to an out-of-town funeral as we always got pie and coffee 🙂

    Peace be to her memory and to his!

    In the Christ of Easter,

  8. Dave and Becky Klatt

    Kevin and Family;

    We would like to express our sympathy to you and your family. You are in our prayers.

  9. Linda Vollbrecht

    Dear Kevin & family: My thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time. You have been there for so many people during their darkest moments and helped to ease our burdens. I wish I could do the same for you. May memories give you peace and bring you smiles. Sending you love and hugs…

  10. ted and marlene moody

    Kevin and Tami, So sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. Our prayers are with you.

  11. Dale H. Kottke

    Kevin & Tami; our family’s thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  12. Kathy Donovan

    Kevin and family: Sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers and sympathy are with you at this time.

  13. Kathy Donovan

    Kevin and family: My prayers are with you at this time.

  14. Toni/Tony Duerr

    Kevin, sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Toni and Tony

  15. Dale Bjorklund

    I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this diifficult time. Dale B.

  16. Deborah Schaufler

    Kevin and Family;
    We would like to express our sympathy to you and your family. You are in our prayers.

    Jim and Deb Schaufler

  17. Sue Austin

    Kevin and family – my sympathy to you at the loss of your mother.

  18. Mary and Ed Larson

    Kevin and family,
    Saddened to hear of your mom’s passing. Remember the good and fun times, they will help you get through this.
    Take care.


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