Earlene Marie Beile, age 88, formerly of Park Ridge, IL, passed away peacefully on August 7, 2020 in Arizona with her daughter at her side. Born December 28, 1931 to Sidney and Mildred (Bodine) Friedlander, who preceded her in death. She was married to her beloved husband of 64 years, Richard Walter Beile, until his passing in 2016. Devoted mother of Wendi (Lawrence) Boos of Sun City West, AZ; Barbara (Todd) Leland of Hong Kong and Bradley (Laura Stamp) Beile of River Forest, IL. Cherished grandmother of Audrey, Julia, Henry, and Richie, Elise, Rosalyn. Dear sister to Sandy (Ira) Smith, and the late Maxine Benjamin. Loving aunt to many nieces and nephews.
Born in Chicago, Earlene’s family moved to Park Ridge, IL in her childhood where she continued to live on Greenwood Avenue for over 70 years. Earlene graduated from Maine (East) High School and while attending University of Illinois, she met her sweetheart Richard on a blind date. She and Richard raised their children in a warm, loving home busy with activities, laughter and music. Her backyard garden was her pride and joy, and she would spend hours tending to the beautiful flower beds and multiple bird feeders. An adored grandmother, she kept a treasure chest full of toys available for sleepovers that she would enjoy with her grandchildren. Her dear girlfriends were always close to her heart and they shared many fun-loving trips together over the years.
Earlene’s devotion to her faith led to her becoming an active and involved member of the Park Ridge Community Church for more than 50 years. Her large extended family in the Chicago area provided her the joy of hosting family events over many decades. ‘Welcome to our home’ was the mantra she held dear in her heart. Passionate about tennis, at the age of 82, Earlene finally retired from decades of playing her favorite tennis game. Earlene and Richard were avid travelers, taking trips around the world. She embraced adventure and experiencing different cultures and perspectives.
Earlene had a gift for making everyone feel special and in turn, her life was filled with love returned by long friendships and strong family bonds. She will be remembered for her vibrant energy, abounding optimism, and willingness to pitch in that made her warmly embraced by all who knew her. She will be deeply missed by us all.
A Celebration of Life at Park Ridge Community Church will be planned in 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations in Earlene’s memory to the charity of your choice are appreciated.