Agnes E. Beschorner, 92, of Geneseo, died peacefully with her closest family being with her at Hammond-Henry Hospital on Sunday, July 14, 2013. She has now joined the Lord in a better life. A Mass of Christian burial celebrating her life was held Thursday, July 18 at St. Malachy Catholic Church, Geneseo. The Rev. Michael Pakula officiated. Burial was in North Cemetery, Geneseo. A visitation was held Wednesday, July 17 at Vandemore Funeral Home, Geneseo, where a Women of the Moose service was held and a scripture service was conducted. Memorials may be left to the Geneseo Animal Shelter or the Hammond-Henry Hospital Foundation.
She was born on July 10, 1921, in Lynn County, Minn., the daughter of Victor and Clara (DeSutter) Vanhyfte. She was the youngest of five children. Agnes moved to Illinois in 1942 and married Wilbert Gernant on April 14, 1945. They had one child, Gerald Gernant. Wilbert died on Dec. 31, 1971. Agnes then married Chester “Bushy” Beschorner on Jan. 18, 1975. Chester died on Aug. 14, 1999. She was a loyal employee of GWK Enterprises of Geneseo for more than 50 years. She loved her work and enjoyed “being with people.”
Agnes was a member of St. Malachy’s Catholic Church and the Women of the Moose, Geneseo Lodge. She loved her family, friends, and her son’s Chihuahuas. She was a loyal Cubs fan, enjoyed traveling and gathering with friends.
Survivors include her son, Gerald “Butch” (Merry) Gernant of Geneseo; stepdaughter, Cheryl Benoodt of Geneseo; two grandsons, William (Misha) Gernant of Cambridge and Shawn (Sandi) Gernant Owen of Pendergrass, Ga.; step granddaughter, Tracy (Greg) Wenbman of Naples, Fla.; five great grandchildren, Harrison (Jen) Gernant and Stephen Gernant of Geneseo; Hanna and Samantha Moody of Cambridge and Josh Moody of East Moline; four great-great grandchildren, Aidyn, Tristan and Evelyn Gernant of Geneseo and McKenzie Rae Moody of East Moline. She was preceded in death by her two husbands, parents and four brothers.