ERIE — Emma Beachner, 81, of Erie passed away at 12:27 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute.
Emma P. Brooks was born on Dec. 21, 1939, in Erie. She grew up and attended schools in the Galesburg, St. Paul and Erie area.
She was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Erie. A devoted mother and wife, Emma proudly and happily spent her entire life taking care of her family. Her greatest enjoyment came from shopping and cooking for her family and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed traveling, especially with her husband, Bob.
On Feb. 28, 1957, she and Robert Beachner were married at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in South Mound. He preceded her in death on Aug. 14, 2019.
Survivors include four sons, Robert D. Beachner and his wife, Patty, of St. Paul, Randy E. Beachner and his wife, Debra, of Erie, Stanley G. Beachner and his wife, Kelly, of Joplin and Terry A. Beachner and his wife, Angie, of Walnut; two daughters, Deborah Mattox of St. Paul and Rebecca S. Beachner of the home; 22 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; a sister, Irma Newby and her husband, Tony, of Jefferson City, Missouri; two brothers-in-law, Jerry Beachner of St. Paul and Eugene “Corky” Beachner and his wife, Alice, of Parsons; a sister-in-law, Jane Ann Beachner of St. Paul; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; a granddaughter, Stacie Beachner in 2018; two brothers; and four sisters.
The funeral Mass will be at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul. The rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. Sunday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Friends may call from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home to sign the register and view Mrs. Beachner. The rosary and the funeral Mass can be viewed live on the Forbes-Hoffman Facebook page. For all events, social distancing guidelines will be followed, including the requirement of face masks.
Memorials are suggested to St. Ambrose Catholic Church and can be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.