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Lela Beck Naegele

June 26, 1933 - June 15, 2019

Lela Beck Naegele Lela Beck Naegele
    June 20, 2019 | 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M.
  • Yurs Funeral Home St. Charles
  • Funeral
  • June 20, 2019 | 2:00 P.M.
  • Yurs Funeral Home
  • Burial Location
    Union Cemetery St. Charles

Lela Beck Naegele, 85, loving wife for 62 years, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, and friend passed away June 15, 2019 at River Glen in Saint Charles, Illinois surrounded by loved ones. She is preceded by her sister Esther Beck, her father Lester Beck, and her mother Dorothy Beck. She is survived by her loving husband, Robert, children, Mary (Jordan) Naegele Maclay, George (Sandy) Naegele, Tom (Christine) Naegele, eight grandchildren, and her siblings, Robert Beck, Phyllis Hoppert, and James Beck.

Lela grew up on a farm in Michigan and had a love for nature. In Monroe, Michigan she worked as a bookkeeper for a concrete company and a receptionist at Mercy hospital. After marriage she moved to the Chicago suburbs to raise a family before retiring to Southwest Wisconsin for many happy years.

Lela was a skilled home maker, flower and vegetable gardener, food preservationist, seamstress, and an excellent cook and baker. She had a passion for birdwatching and dogs. She supported educational activities in the community and served as co-president of the PTA at her children’s school. She became a den mother of cub scouts, helped her children establish early morning paper routes, and taught them initiative, consistency and perseverance.

A generous host, she took visiting friends and family sightseeing and often had a delicious, multi-course, home cooked meal waiting for them at the end of the day. Many of her meals used ingredients she had grown and preserved herself, skills and traditions that she passed down to her family. Lela was extraordinarily caring, organized, and always thought of others first. She was 5’2” and would often say “good things come in small packages.” She was so right about that. She was greatly loved and will be deeply missed.

Visitation will be Thursday from 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. at Yurs Funeral Home St. Charles. Funeral Services will follow at 2:00 P.M. Burial will be at Union Cemetery St. Charles.

For further information call Yurs Funeral Home 630-584-0060

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Water Keepers Alliance, 180 Maiden Lane, Suite 603, New York, NY 10038 in her memory.


Chris Drea from Plain, WI

"May Lela Rest In Peace. My thoughts are with all of you. She was a truly special lady."

John Hecht from Madison, WI

"So sorry for you loss my prayers go out to you and you family."

Bob and Renee Grutza from Lake Forest, IL

"Lela brought joy to all who met her. Seeing her photo again brings a big smile and warms my heart."

Randy/Michelle Gentile from Elmhurst, IL

"We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Please accept our condolences."

Janella, Adam, Kaylee, and Alyssa Poch from Petersburg, MI

"I am so very sorry we couldn't make it to the funeral today. I became sick. You all have our deepest condolences. Aunt Lela was such an amazing woman and will be missed by all. Sending hugs"

J.W. Magner from Saint Joseph, MI

"Lela was a great asset to the NASH Car Club of America! We have so many fond memories seeing her at car meets all over the USA. She will be missed!"

Colleen Pulvermacher from Richland Center, WI

"I always appreciated Lela's smile and friendly, caring nature. Such a classy lady! My heart aches for you, Mary, as the loss of a mother is a loss unlike any other. I'm holding you close in my thoughts. Prayers for your dad and family too."

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