(12-14-13) Beverly Joan Nereng, 87, of Blair and formerly Arcadia died on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at Grandview Care Center in Blair, Wisconsin.
Beverly was born on June 7, 1926, in Toledo, Iowa to Myrrel and Edith (Weaklan) Muetzel. Beverly was a very caring and loving person who was open to share her heart with her family, friends and community.
Beverly grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with her parents and five sisters. She graduated from High School and then proceeded to attend college in Tennessee receiving a Bachelors of Art Degree. She continued her education at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, graduating with a Masters Degree with a focus on church studies. She worked in churches in New York City, Texas, and Iowa. Eight years later she received another degree in teaching.
She taught 2nd and 3rd grade in Cedar Rapids Iowa, Minneapolis and Arcadia. She taught for 25 years retiring in 1981. Beverly was a member of Presbyterian, Methodist and Lutheran Churches and where she could grow in her faith and share with others. Beverly married Richard R. Laurence (Mehtodist Minister who also attended Union Theological Seminary where they met) on June 9, 1951, in Cedar Rapid, Iowa. They had two children, Becky and Dawn and they were married for 6 years. Richard died on April 27, 1957. Beverly raised her two daughters as a single parent for 14 years. She then married Einar Lund (Dairy Farmer) on July 25, 1970, at the Tamarack Lutheran Church, Norway Valley, Arcadia. They were married for 16 years. Einar died on September 4, 1986. Beverly then married Harvey Ray Nereng on August 8, 1988, in Drummond Island, Michigan and they were very happily married for 25+ years.
Beverly is survived by her husband, Ray Nereng of Blair, two daughters, Becky (Steve) Severson of Arcadia and Dawn (Allen) Shepherd of Arcadia, 6 grandchildren: Gretchen (Zack) Severson-Miller of Minneapolis, Hans Severson of Minneapolis, Stefan Severson of La Crosse, Robert Shepherd of Onalaska, Anthony (Cindi) Shepherd of Winona, and Travis (Barbara) Shepherd of Switzerland. Three great grandchildren: Devin Lemay of Cadott, Grace and ZJ Miller of San Diego, CA, 1 sister, Jackie Wims of Valencia, CA, nieces and nephews She was preceding in death by her parents, husbands, 3 sisters: Barbara McCauley, Jean Collinge, and Mary DeVries.
Memorial Services for Beverly will be in the summer of 2014. Burial will be in Tamarack Lutheran Cemetery in rural Arcadia.
Wozney-Killian Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.wozneykillian.com.