Marie E. Van Slyke-Bean

May 11, 1918 - October 1, 2008
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Marie Van Slyke-Bean nee Martin, age 90, longtime resident of Crown Point, IN, passed away on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at St. Anthony Hospice in Crown Point, IN. She is survived by her Husband- Redford Bean and her children whom she leaves behind to cherish her memories: Sons- Robert R. Van Slyke of Crown Point,Continue Reading

Kathleen O'Brien left a message on December 1, 2009:
Dear Bob, I was doing a search for some info in Crown Point and came across your Mothers obit. Even though it is past a year, please accept my sympathy and prayers. I remember her having a smile for everyone. My family also suffered a loss and my grief unbearable when God came and took my son Travis suddenly New Years Eve morning, 2008. He was only 36 years old. Hope you are well. Kathleen Kate
John Stacks left a message on October 9, 2008:
Dear Jeanne, I am sorry to learn the news of your Mom's passing. Your Mom was a wonderful lady, with so much energy, and always pleasent. When Scott had his office down stairs in her store she was always busy, but took the time to chat for a moment with us. I think of you, and your family often, and wish you all well. Jessica keeps me informed of Penny, and Natalie and the children. You are blessed with a beautiful family. Pass along the memories to them. I send my love and best wishes to you all. Sincerely, John
peggy weller left a message on October 7, 2008:
Dear Jeannie, Penny and Natalie, In the 12 1/2 years that I have been part of the Van Slyke family, my life has been so enriched with the Faith your mom and grandma shared with me. Maire, reminded me so much of my mom and grandma that when I talked to Maire or was in her presence I felt like my mom and grandma were alive and talking to me through her. She was an amazing woman. It didn't matter if there were 4 people or 40 people in her presence at get togethers, she always took the time and interest in each one. I share your grieve and loss, as it was so difficult saying goodbye to Marie. She will never be forgotten and she has a legacy that she has left behind for all of us. I love you all. Peggy Weller
Janine Cooper left a message on October 6, 2008:
Nat, I'm so sorry to hear about your grandma. She will be missed by many as well as by my family. Her sweet demeanor lies in you and she will always shine through your eyes. I know how much she meant to you and if you need anything, just call. Love you, Janine
Maureen O'Brien left a message on October 5, 2008:
Mrs.Van Slyke was an amazing woman. She was a woman who shared her spirituality with others and mentored many of us on our paths to God's light. She shared wisdom, wit and much laughter. I am thankful that I was able to spend some time with her at Hospice to let her know that I loved her. She will be missed deeply by her friend and comrade, my 89 year old mom, Helen O'Brien, and by myself. Gods Peace to you Mrs.V, we miss you, and know that you are in the midst of our maker. You, her family, are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless, Maureen O'Brien
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Mary & Bob Jessen left a message on October 5, 2008:
Our condolences to your family! The world has stopped for the passing of Marie VanSlyke-Bean! Life is different because she is no longer with us. Marie was always the Lady and a great inspiration to anyone who knew her. My family met Marie many years ago; I actually don't remember where or how. I do remember our son working for her many years ago. I do remember her help and wisdom with the July 4th Parade when Bob and I were chairpeople. Marie had a way of giving sunshine to everyone who knew her. Marie had such a positive outlook in life that just being with her always was such a joy. Our prayers are with your family at this time. Marie will be deeply missed.
Vicki Schuyler left a message on October 5, 2008:
Natalie and family, I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Just remember your grandmother is no longer suffering. My condolences to you and your family.
Natalie Huddleston Van Amstel left a message on October 5, 2008:
My Grandma was the most amazing person I ever knew. The things she accomplished in her lifetime, her faith, her indescribable support. I feel lucky to have been able to spend the last 9 weeks with her.. sometimes I had her all to myself and now I cherish that. She was so strong willed that I see where my daughter gets it. She was the only 90 year old I know who's hair hadn't been colored in 5-6 months and still was predominantly black! She truely understood me; always believed in me, and always saw the best part of me as me. I was struggling with why she had to suffer; why cancer has to take over a 90 year old woman; but she prayed to God that when it was her time it would be go that it be gradual so that it wouldn't be so difficult on my mom since she lost her brother and my Dad so suddenly. That amazes me. She held on until she got to go to my nephew's baptism, the baby that she had prayed so hard to exist, and even though she hadn't been up to even an hour of sitting in her padded chair, she insisted on going from hospice down to the beauty salon in the nursing home to get her hair done the day before, and managed to be okay in the wheelchair for almost 4 hours for the baptism in the chapel and the party we had after in the activities room. It was the next day that we could see her slipping away.. something I find amazing. She held on until she knew my sister, my Mom, and I had the support she wanted us to have; she held on until she knew the baby wasn't there. She was strong willed and wanted everything just the way she wanted it and had it all planned out to the very end. I cannot explain the loss I feel right now, or the way I just don't feel like doing anything at all. I will miss her wisdom, her support, her understanding, her sense of humor, her frugality, her encouraging words, her weekly letters and cards in the mail, her ability to make me so proud. I am proud that I could be there for my Grandma in the end, that I did everything that I know I could, that I could give back just a small amount of what she has given to me over the last 28 years. I am happy that I have so many memories with her with my children, and proud of being able to talk to the many visitors and relatives that came to visit her.
Colleen Doolin Lustina left a message on October 4, 2008:
Dear Natalie and family, You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Your grandmother was an amazing woman and an inspiration to all of us. May God bless you and carry you through this difficult time. Love, Colleen, Tommy, and Reilly Lustina
Amanda left a message on October 4, 2008:
Dear Natalie and Family, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers will be with you during this difficult time. Sincererly, The Wysocki Family
Patti Brown Raderstorf left a message on October 4, 2008:
Jeannie, Oh, the memories I have of your mother! What a woman, so inspirational to all. I fondly remember all the times we dressed up in her slips and put on a show. She had a love of life and lived it to the fullest. Know that your entire family are in my prayers.
Liane left a message on October 4, 2008:
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. With Sympathy, Liane
Marian Phillips left a message on October 4, 2008:
What a pleasure it was to have Marie as a friend and employer. Her kindness will always be remembered. She has her reward in Heaven
Joan Keilty Coutley left a message on October 3, 2008:
When Aunt Marie entered a room, the room came to life. She will be missed dearly.
Mark & Lindsay Bates left a message on October 3, 2008:
We extend our deepest sympathy to the Van Slyke-Bean Family in the loss of Marie. She embraced her community through worthwhile civic projects and we appreciated the happiness she so willingly shared and inspired others. She touched the lives of many and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jack & Mary Ann Ernst left a message on October 3, 2008:
We are so sorry for your loss we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Geisen Funeral Home left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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