Beverly "Bev" A. Christensen, age 71, passed away on October 11, 2022 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. She was born on February 2, 1951 in Sycamore, IL to Norman and Betty (Wilson) Kleveland. She grew up on farms in the Genoa, Kingston, and Kirkland area. After graduating from Hiawatha High School in Kirkland, IL she went on to receive her Associate's degree from Kishwaukee College. Bev worked at banks in the DeKalb area, as well as at A.O. Smith Harvestore. She married Gary Christensen on May 20, 1989. She most recently worked at the Chana Post Office for several years where she enjoyed getting to visit with all of the customers. Bev loved farm work ever since she was a child and continued to enjoy it into her adulthood. She particularly loved spending time raising and showing Hereford cattle at local fairs and was a member of the Hereford and Beef Producers Associations. She was an animal lover who enjoyed feeding the birds and spending time with her cats. In her spare time she played solitaire, went to flea markets and craft shows, and enthusiasticly cheered on the Chicago Bears. The senior center in Oregon was an important part of her life and she found comfort in attending the care giver support group. But more than anything, Bev loved her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, in-laws Marvin and Marjorie Christensen; brother, Ken; and sister, Pat Voyles. She is survived by her son, Ross; siblings, Jim Kleveland and Donna Kleveland; brother-in-law, Ron Voyles; sister-in-law, Jane Kleveland; and several nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM on Friday, October 21, 2022 at Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th Street, Oregon, IL 61061. Visitation will be held from 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are established for Oregon 4-H and The Rock River Senior Center in Oregon.