DWIGHT — Elaine Marie Beiswanger, 90, died Friday (April 12, 2013) at Heritage Manor, Dwight.
Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Dwight United Methodist Church, with burial at McDowell Cemetery, Dwight. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Hager Memorial Home, Dwight. Memorials may be made to McDowell Cemetery, Operation SOS, Dwight Ministerial Association or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Elaine was born April 20, 1922, daughter of Frank and Laura Swanson Pratt. She married Frank L. “Bike” Beiswanger on July 13, 1947, in Dwight.
She is survived by three daughters, Lorene (Chuck) Branz, Loudon, Tenn.; Nancy Raycraft, Bloomington; and Marcia (Jim) Drach, Emington; a son, Terry (Linda) Beiswanger, Houston; grandchildren, Devon (Jeremy) Crouch, Emington; Brian Trainor, Odell; Stephanie (Rob) Epperson, Washington; Lyndsey Raycraft, Bloomington; Jason (Tomorra) Beiswanger, Katy, Texas; Kevin Beiswanger, Houston; Jen (Jason Kamler) Drach, Janesville, Wis.; Matt (Ana) Drach, Chicago; Jeff Drach, Lombard; and Nicole (Jason) Morgan, Champaign; and great-grandchildren, Kylee Epperson, Adalynn Epperson, Dalton Stevens, Samuel Kamler, Carson Crouch, Pierce Crouch, William Trainor, Brooklin Trainor and Max Morgan.
She was preceded in death by her husband, “Bike,” on Jan. 25, 2003; her parents, Frank and Laura Pratt; sisters, Alice Mathison and Helen Richards; brothers, Ralph Pratt and Manford Pratt; and sons-in-law, Joe Ferguson and Rick Raycraft.
Upon graduation from Dwight High School in 1940, she attended lab and X-ray school at Cook County Hospital, Chicago, and then worked in the lab at Keeley Institute and for Dr. McGee in Dwight. She took time off to be a wonderful and loving mother and wife.
After raising her family, she worked for Gambles clothing store, and worked along with her husband at Dwight News Agency, which they owned. She retired in 1988.
She was a member of Dwight United Methodist Church, and enjoyed playing bridge, sewing, gardening and spending quality time with grandchildren.