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Obituary: Beverly "Bev" R. Gradel

Jan 10, 2017 09:24PM ● Published by Jim

Beverly "Bev" R. Gradel

Beverly "Bev" R. Gradel, age 88 of Beaver Dam, passed away on Monday, January 9, 2017 at Hillside Manor in Beaver Dam.

Bev was born on September 19, 1928 in Cambria, the daughter of Elmer and Dorothy (Smith) Bender. She graduated from Beaver Dam High School in 1947. On August 8, 1947, she was united in marriage to Robert Gradel at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Beaver Dam. Bev owned and operated the Downtown Bar in Beaver Dam for 25 years and also worked as an optician at Sterling Optical for 12 years. She enjoyed spending time with her family and using her computer.

Bev is survived by her children, Lynda (Michael) Price of Beaver Dam, Buck (Jerra) Gradel of Beaver Dam and Tom (Andrea) Gradel of Chapin, SC; grandchildren, Jessica (Tim) Czarnik, Jerry Kasmiskie, Sherri (Joel) Kluewer, Angela Gradel (fiancé Ben Hankes), Craig Gradel, Tony Gradel (Vicki Jeffcoat) and Robert Gradel; great-grandchildren, Alicia, Tyler, Megan, Ella, Isabella, Andrew, Gage, Lilie and Liam; sister, Nancy Brown of Markesan; brother-in-law and good friend, Royce Wrucke of Horicon; and further survived by other relatives and friends.

Bev was preceded in death by her husband in 2003; a grandson; two brothers; one sister and other relatives.

Visitation for Bev will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services, 135 Keller Blvd., Beaver Dam from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. A graveside committal will immediately follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Beaver Dam.

Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services in Beaver Dam is honored to be serving the family. You may send private online condolences or sign the family’s guest book at

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