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Christine M Beck
December 24, 2023 (age 59) 59 Years Old
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Christine M. Beck, a vibrant soul, left this world on December 24, 2023, after a life lived with a laugh that could light up the darkest room.
Growing up on the mean streets of Northlake, Chris was the terror on two wheels, leaving a trail of laughter and chaos. One infamous incident involved locked doors, shattered glass, and double casts at her Prom – a testament to her flair for turning everyday mishaps into legendary tales. And who could forget the daring escapes through the cemetery, pursued by the righteous wrath of caught-smoking teenagers?
Chris found solace and joy in visits to the farm in Waupaca, where memories with her grandparents shaped her into the stubborn-as-an-ox force of nature she became. Her cherished moments included immersing herself in her grandfather's workshop, enjoying the thrill of swinging on a rope into the hay bales in the barn, and cycling on vintage bikes to Pickerel Lake for refreshing swims. Together with Jackie, she fearlessly tested boundaries during midnight strolls along country roads beneath the glow of a full moon, managing to evade capture. It was just as exhilarating as washing your hair for the family reunion in the ice cold pump water, not unlike her mother did, I'm sure.
Her journey through the food industry was a gastronomic odyssey, feeding everyone from Pizza Joynt, to Ferrara Pan employees, and ravenous teenagers, to precious preschoolers and memory care clients. She wielded spatulas and ladles with the finesse of a maestro, welcoming friends and strangers alike with open arms and a feast that could rival any Michelin-starred restaurant. Every now and then, Chris would graciously let others take charge in the kitchen. However, those unsuspecting cooks quickly found themselves facing her straightforward and no-nonsense critique, akin to a judge on Top Chef.
She was a proud second-generation Dane, sauntering around with phrases like "Uff Da" and Danish flags adorning her decor. She was able to fulfill her dreams with a visit to Denmark. Lifelong connections were forged with Danish cousins, connecting her to the roots she held dear.
Animals held a special place in her heart, from cherished childhood companion Toots to beloved fur babies Abby, Julie, Bella, Benny, and Zoe. She was the proudest when it came to her kids, boasting about their accomplishments to anyone who would lend an ear. She even adopted some of her children's friends as her own. She would feed any hungry belly and wouldn't mind if these feral children ate straight from the serving spoon. She instilled in her children the values of kindness and helping others, creating a legacy of empathy.
Simply put, Chris was the life of the party whether it was Superbowl, a Spoons game, grilling at Blackwell Forest Preserve, a child's birthday party, or jamming at a Charlie Daniels' concert, you would always find her on the dance floor belting out her favorite tunes. Her favorite times of year to celebrate were Beth's family Christmas Eve parties and The Wisconsin State Fair. They were an annual pilgrimage where many fond memories were made, and of course- many delicious calories were consumed. Although she loved to have a good time, the beach was her happy place, and Florida claimed a piece of her heart. When she returned home, she left a bit of her soul in the sand.
An active church member, Chris never let ailments sway her faith, or her ability to be a compassionate friend. She attended church online regularly, and often read scripture and verses to help guide her in her day to day. She always found time to truly listen to those in need, even amidst her own struggles.
In celebrating her life, let us remember her unforgettable laugh, the love, and the indomitable spirit of Christine M. Beck. May she rest in peace, leaving us with a legacy of joy that will echo through the ages. The world is a bit less vibrant without her, but heaven's dancefloor just gained its most spirited participant.
Chris was preceded in death by her grandfather, August Cristensen, her mother, Irene Bennett, her stepfather, Richard Bennett, her Uncle Ken Christensen, and cousin Diana Foskett. Chris is survived by her children Nina (Andy), and Jacob (Ashley), grandchildren Cameron, Hunter, Brantley, Merrily, and Liam, siblings Lynda and Robert (Dawn), cousin Jackie, best friend Beth, and her many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In honor of her wishes for no formal wake or funeral, please join us for a philanthropic opportunity to celebrate Chris' legacy. We will be gathering on February 17th at Feed My Starving Children in Schaumburg, IL from 11:30 to 1:15 to do what Chris loved best, gather, feed, laugh, and serve. If you are interested in joining us, please use this link to create an account and sign up.