“Say not in grief ‘She is no more,’ but live in thankfulness that she was!”

Our beautiful, classy, 86-year-old mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend passed into the loving arms of the Lord Tuesday, May 14. She died as she lived, in peace surrounded by her loving family. Bev grew up in Whitefish Bay with her parents Arthur and Florence La Mountain and her brother Art. She spent many weekends up at the Hanson family cabin surrounded by tons of family, which continued long into her married life. Bev may have been slight in stature but not in spirit, evidenced by the fact she played the drums, even in her high school marching band.

Bev married Tom, her high school sweetheart, in 1952 and they spent 60 years in each others’ arms. They enjoyed the outdoors. Especially canoeing, hiking to waterfalls, water skiing, and watching sunsets together. Summers up north with family was a constant for them, so it was only natural they buy their own place in the earl ’80s. It was a dream come true for both of them.

Bev spent her younger years working as a buyer for a jewelry store in Milwaukee and then managing two lighting stores in Wauwatosa and Fond du Lac. Volunteering played a huge part throughout her life. She was a Girl Scout leader, a CESA puppeteer, helped Tom with his huge volunteer efforts, but most of all she enjoyed being the jewelry buyer for the gift shop at Howard Young Hospital. Her fashion sense and design capabilities were extraordinary. Her greatest joys in life were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she loved them with her whole heart. 

Bev was preceded in death by the love of her life, Tom, and both of her parents. She will be greatly missed here on earth by her entire family. Daughter Laura Mischka (Tom), and granddaughters Jennifer Mischka and Jacqueline Krieglstein (Traver). Daughter Linda Barthuly (Glenn), grandson Aaron Barthuly (Jordan) and great-granddaughter Harper (baby boy Barthuly on the way), granddaughter Stephanie Kintzler (Kyle), great-grandson Dominic and great-granddaughter Addison. And also her brother Arthur La Mountain, and brother-in-law Ed Koenen (Joyce). Among the grieving are numerous cousins, god-children, nieces, nephews and fabulous friends. 

Visitation will he held from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 25 at Ascension Lutheran Church with a Funeral Service at 1 p.m. A luncheon will follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Ascension Lutheran Church Parish Nurse Program.  

Special thanks to the incredible nurses and doctors at Howard Young Hospital who filled her final days with compassion, love and comfort and to Jan Faulkner (the parish nurse at Ascension) who cared for mom daily the past 10 months during times we could not be there. You quickly became one of mom’s closest friends. Also thank you to her Fond du Lac caregivers, Tammy and Treena. 

“Think of Bev as living in the hearts of those she touched … for nothing loved is ever lost and she was loved so much.”

Bolger Funeral and Cremation Services is assisting the family, call 715-356-3200 or www.bolgerfuneral.com to share condolences.