Mary Jane ‘Janey’ Beachner

ST. PAUL — Surrounded by her loving family, Mary Jane “Janey” Beachner, 81, of St. Paul passed away at 12:35 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at her home following a courageous battle with cancer.

Mary Jane Bradshaw was born on July 3, 1939, to Lawrence “Pete” and Pauline (Nunnink) Bradshaw in St. Paul. She grew up and attended schools in California and Texas. Her family returned to St. Paul, where she attended St. Francis High School.

A devoted wife and mother, Janey loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren dearly. She had a strong commitment to her Catholic faith and was an active member at St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul. Over the years, she participated in the Altar Society and Daughters of Isabella and served as a Eucharistic minister and parish school of religion teacher. Janey traveled extensively to Catholic shrines in Europe, South America and the Holy Land.  She was well known for being a storyteller and used that talent to write a book and give presentations about her travels. She also enjoyed photography, sewing, gardening and reading.

On Oct. 15, 1955, Janey and Jerry J. Beachner were united in marriage at St. Francis Catholic Church. This October the couple would have celebrated 65 years of marriage.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry J. Beachner of the home; three sons, Jim Beachner and his wife, Becky, of Cherryvale, Tom Beachner and his wife, Debbie, of Olathe and Michael Beachner and his wife, Angela, of St. Paul; three daughters, Suzie Diskin and her husband, Terry, of St. Paul, Joan Shannon of Alexandria, Virginia, and Annette Treiber and her husband, Bill, of St. Paul; 23 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Larry Bradshaw of Omaha, Nebraska, and Brad Bradshaw of Sachse, Texas; and two sisters, Lynda Lynn of Reeds Spring, Missouri, and Margaret Easom of Pittsburg.

She was preceded in death by a son, Jody Beachner; two grandchildren, Leslie and Alex Treiber; a son-in-law, John Shannon; and three sisters, Doris Jean Moses, Ruthie O’Brien and infant twin Judith Ann Bradshaw.

The funeral Mass for Mrs. Beachner will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul. The rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Friday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Following the rosary, the casket will be taken to the family home, where they will receive friends. The rosary and the funeral Mass can be viewed live on the funeral home Facebook page. For all events, social distancing guidelines will be followed; therefore, seating will be limited and wearing face masks is recommended.

Memorials are suggested to St. Francis’ parish school of religion and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.

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