Alberta Beucke, age 93, formerly of 1501 South 15th, Quincy, Illinois passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 4:25 am in Good Samaritan Home.
In 1943 she met and married William Ketchum on September 4 in Dayton, Ohio. From Dayton they moved back to William’s hometown of Keokuk, Iowa where they were blessed with four children. While there she worked at Montgomery Wards at Christmas time, Sullivan and Auwerda as a bookkeeper, and Spiegel’s order desk. When Alberta was 16 she worked at Wright’s Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio as a flight messenger during WWII. In 1960 her family moved to Quincy, IL where Alberta worked at Motorola for 10 yrs and went to Blessing Hospital as an EKG Specialist where she retired after 16 yrs. On November 27, 1974 she married Chester Beucke in Quincy.
Survivors include four children, John (Debby) Ketchum, of St. Charles, MO, Ronald (Tom) Ketchum, of St. Ann, MO, Polly Ketchum, of Quincy, and William (Melody) Beucke, of Hannibal, MO; eight grandchildren, Jennifer (Kevin) Young, of Quincy, Jeremy Ketchum, of St. Charles, MO, Abbey (Nate) Ketchum Stebing of Wheeling, IL, Tyler Ketchum of Waukegan, IL, Shelagh Smith of Kentucky, Heather (Jason) Lyng of Lake St. Louis, MO, Nicholas Beucke of Quincy, and Nathan (Carrie) Beucke of Columbia, MO; 12 great-grandchildren, Taylor and Jackson Ketchum, Conner Young, Samantha and Brianna Ketchum, Connor and Emily Lyng, Claire, Olivia and William Beucke, and Hannah and Gavin Stebing.
Alberta was preceded in death by both of her husbands, her parents, a step-mother, Helen Stackhouse, a son, Steven Ketchum, two grandchildren, Melissa and Zachery Ketchum, a brother, Gerald Stackhouse and a sister, Betty Jane Stackhouse Curtis.
Services: 9:30 am on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home with Pastor Jim Dennis officiating.
Burial: Grand View Burial Park, Hannibal, Missouri.
Visitation: 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.
Memorials: Good Samaritan Home Foose Center
Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.