Beverly Ward

Beverly Ward

Bev Ward

Beverly J. Ward passed away peacefully at the Serenity House Hospice Care in Tomah WI on July 16, 2021.

Bev was born on November 30, 1941 to Orville and Lorraine (Hintz) Clemans in Merton Township, Waukesha County. She graduated from Arrowhead High School, met the love of her life, Ted Ward, and they were married in 1960.

Fifteen years and two daughters later, the family moved to Grand Marsh, WI in 1975. For many years, Bev and Ted bowled with several bowling teams in the area, and for the better part of 40 years, Bev and many of her friends traveled the State and the United States enjoying the sport in tournaments. Many lifelong friendships were made while sporting bowling shoes and watching the pins fall. She also enjoyed making a few trips to the casino (to try her “luck” just a little), especially enjoying the “Sisters” weekends.

Bev worked at Metalfab in Friendship for many years, and then in 1986, she chose to serve her community by running for and being elected as Adams County Clerk, a position she held until her retirement. She continued to serve the County for many years by holding a position on the Adams County Board of Supervisors. Following retirement, she continued to fulfill her passion for serving by volunteering her time working for Able Trek Tours, a touring company which in part services special needs folks with amazing events and tours. Bev fulfilled her dreams and love of travel for many years and traveled the world with Able Trek. She would tell you her favorite trip amongst all of them was a tour of Africa. She had the patience of a saint on all of those trips as she helped many others’ dreams come true. She also served her Lord in many ways as a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Adams.

Bev readily gave of herself to so many others during her time with us and seemingly with boundless energy. It is certainly her infectious smile and laughter that will last a lifetime in the hearts of those she touched.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Ted; her parents, Orville and Lorraine Clemans.

Bev is survived by her two daughters,
Lori Ward of Baraboo WI
Patti (Mike) Warren of Friendship WI
Grandson – Jacob (Britny) Dahl of Madison WI
Granddaughter – Kaitlynn Warren of Madison WI
Grandson – Caleb Molner of Baraboo WI
Great Grandson – Arlo Dahl of Madison WI
Great Grandson – Miles Dahl of Madison WI
Great Grandson – Romeo Giles of Friendship WI

She is further survived by:
Sister – Shirley Mazurek of Oconomowoc WI
Sister – Sharon (Alan) Bartelt of Mukwonago WI/Florida
Brother – Dan (Connie) Clemans of Florida
And many nieces, nephews and dear friends

Sincere gratitude is extended to many for the support, care and friendship extended over the last number of years; to doctors and nurses at Mile Bluff Medical Center, University and Meriter Hospitals in Madison, where she received treatment; the Serenity House Hospice Care; her few close friends who walked her life’s journey with her every step.

Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Adams, Wisconsin. Rev. Roger Erdman will officiate. Visitation will be at Immanuel Lutheran Church on Saturday, July 24th, from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

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  1. Stacey Lecas says:

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  2. Connie Payne says:

    Lori, Patty and families, so very sorry of hearing of Bev’s passing. The last time I saw her was another family funeral in Oconomowoc. She will be forever missed. I know she was a favorite in our family and battled cancer for a long time. She is now in the good hands of the Lord. You have my deepest sympathy in this difficult time.
    Connie Payne

  3. Belinda (Hill) and Tony Griffie says:

    Patti and Lori, sorry to hear about your Mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you and family. May she Rip

  4. Kathleen McCarthy says:

    Bev was a special woman in our lives. She was a wonderful and caring advocate and mentor to her grandchildren and their schooling. She held her family together in very tough times. She also made the most wonderful afgans for my boys and their brand new babies….and their college adventures. So very special. I loved seeing her beautiful garden at her home…and how hard she worked on that beauty.She would sit near us for many years in church, and joke how we had our special spots. She was full of love and fought the good fight until the end. May God and the choir of angels embrace her in their loving arms. She enjoyed her adventures of traveling to the end…and now will have that final travel. God bless her family and know we feel her loss as well. Kathy McCarthy and Pete Hickethier

  5. Amie McCoy says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Bev was a wonderful lady.

  6. Carrie Zoellick says:

    I will miss her very much. I love you Bev

  7. kathy williams says:

    Patti, Lori & Families……… My deepest sympathy for the passing of your Dear Mom. I knew Bev when she was our County Clerk, I was at Social Services & my position kept me close to her & her Dept. It was a challenging time, some disagreements, fun, laughs, out for drinks & watched her bowl. Bev worked hard, played hard & was dedicated to all of her involvements. God Bless her Family at this very sad time.

  8. Karen Heitman and Ron Jordi says:

    Dear Lori and Patti, so saddened to hear of your Moms passing. My sincerest sympathy for your loss, she is surely missed.

  9. Sandra Pheiffer says:

    Such a kind, generous snd loving soul with a great sense of fun and a lovely smile. Lucky to have known her. She will be missed by family, friends and the community at large.

  10. Shanda Swenson Landes says:

    So very sorry. Thinking of you and sending love, hugs and prayers.

  11. Andrew Hickethier says:

    One of the kindest gals I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing growing up. Still would stop the van and get out for hugs whenever she saw me at my folks house for a visit. She will be missed!

  12. Patricia M Schiefer says:

    Patty,Lori so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing away. She was a wonderful lady. She recently came in the Family Affair Resturant to eat. I waited on her. I will miss her. The lord will let her have peace and comfort. Your friend Patty Schiefer

  13. Judy Allen says:

    So sorry for your loss Lori, Patti and families. Find comfort in your nemories, our deepest sympathy to you all. Dennis and Judy

  14. Pat Pietrzak says:

    Patti and Lori, So sad to read this about your Mom. Such a good, kind person. We bowled couples league with her and Ted (opposing teams) and then women’s league with Bev where she bowled as our “ringer” at state tournaments. So much fun we had. I know how much she’ll be missed by all. Cling to memories as I will too. Hugs to your families.

  15. Jodi M Helgeson says:

    I’m sorry to hear this. I worked with Bev at the courthouse for many years. Lots of laughs over the years. My sympathy to the family

  16. Patricia Gervais and Family says:

    Lori, Patti and family…….so, so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. What a terrific lady…….she will be remembered and missed by so many. Cherish your memories of your Mom and speak her name often….it truly does help. Our condolences to all of you and please know our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time……May God Bless your family and bring you comfort…….hugs to you all.

  17. Tom and Terri Harvey-Beversdorf says:

    I learned so much from her as a Soecial Education teacher. She inspired so many individuals on very long trips to Florida and Disney. Big heart that continues with her daughters and grand daughter that I had the privilege to teach. My sincere sympathies and may she continue her warmth up above!

  18. Richard Hamus says:

    Lori & Patti
    Sorry to hear passing of your Mom
    My sympathy go’s out to you at this difficult time Prayers and Thoughts

    Rich & Julie Hamus

  19. Julie & Bob Goodhue says:

    We are sorry to hear that Bev passed away. I enjoyed working with her at the Courthouse. We extend our sympathy to her family at this sad time.

  20. Mark & Peggy Williams Bond says:

    so sorry to hear of Bev’s passing. She was a great lady and will be greatly missed. our condolences to the family

  21. Chuck & Clara Keller says:

    So sorry to hear of Bev’s passing. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed.

  22. Shirly Robertson says:

    My sincere condolences. Bev was an amazing woman. Be forever comforted because this is not the end. We will all be together in Jesus presence. She loved her family and together she will have them again. Love to all. 💕

  23. marj and dick colby says:

    So sorry to hear of Bev’s passing. She will be missed. Cherish the memories.

  24. Hans & Dorothy Menck says:

    So sorry to know of Bev’s passing! She was always smiling & a truly nice person. Our block will definitely feel empty
    without her on the other end!! We exchanged lots of flowers. She will be missed so much! Thank you Marla for all you did for her &
    always keeping us up on how she was doing! You’ve earned your Angel wings & thank God no more pain! Hans & Dorothy

  25. Annie Erdmann says:

    So sorry to hear of Bev’s passing. She touched many lives . Praying for peace and comfort during this difficult time .

  26. Jim (Gordon) and Chris Langer says:

    So sorry to read of Bev’s passing. She was a great lady and will be missed by many. Our condolences to her family.

  27. Karen Rank Murphy says:

    So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing, she was always very nice and funny. My prayers to all of you

  28. Randy and Cheri Witz says:

    Our prayers and love go out to all of Bev’s family, but especially to Lori and Patti, may your Mother Rest In Peace. I love the Afghan I won that she made and will cherish it even more.

  29. Sue and Randy Anderson says:

    So sorry to hear of Bev’s passing. She was a wonderful lady, a ready smile and time to talk. She had the best sense of humor. She will be truly missed.

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  31. Lou Ann Hippe says:

    Lori,Patty,and family I’m so sorry to hear of your moms passing. I also enjoyed taking trips with her through Able Trek,and listening to her words of wisdom.She will be missed. Hugs to you Lori and Patty.

  32. Linda (Chaffee)Donley and Doug says:

    Our condolences to the family.

  33. Myrna Diemert says:

    Bev was one of the nicest and most giving people I have ever known, and I am glad to have called her my friend. She will be missed. So sorry for your loss.

  34. Jeff & Laurie DeVaney says:

    My condolences to Bev’s family. Played softball with Bev for several years always having a great time. She will be missed by many.

  35. Kevin and Barb McCue says:

    Patty and Lori and family so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. May the lord comfort you in this time of sorrow.

  36. Joyce Johnson says:

    Bev was such a good friend. I enjoyed many Able Trek trips with her

  37. Peg Lecy says:

    So sorry on your loss. May God family and friends comfort you during this difficult time

  38. John and Nicky Hunt and Bunny says:

    Sorry for your loss in our thoughts and prayers

  39. TC Rogers says:

    One of my favorite people in the world! My most sincere condolences to her family.

  40. Penny Sellhausen says:

    So sorry for your loss. She was a very caring woman.

  41. George and Tracy Ferge says:

    So sorry to hear of Bev passing she was a great person in many many ways she well be sadly miss in many ways prayers thought and hugs to the family RIP sweet lady

  42. Debbie sipla ohara says:

    So sorry patti and Lori my deepest condolences during this difficult time she will be missed by many

  43. Lavonne Scott says:

    So sorry to hear of Bev’s passing after a courageous battle. A great gal! My sympathy to the girls!

  44. Mike& Patty Fuller says:

    So sorry to hear about Bevs passing. She was a great woman.

  45. Judith Bieri says:

    Sorry to read about Bev, our friendship goes back many years with bowling and politics. She was a great lady and God has gotten a special angel to add to his collection, God Bless.

  46. GW says:

    Very sorry to see that Bev passed away, she was a great lady, our sincere condolences to her family.