Beverly Jean Thenhaus, 78, of Waterloo died at Cedar Valley Hospice Home on Wednesday, June 27, 2012.
A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at the Linden United Methodist Church. Burial will take place in the Garden of Memories Cemetery. A visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. tonight, July 2, 2012, at the Linden United Methodist Church. Condolences to the family may be left at www.lockefuneralhome.com
Beverly Jean Gorsuch was born April 21, 1934, in Waterloo, the daughter of John and Gladys Burk Gorsuch. She graduated from East High School in 1952.
Beverly married Donald D. Trostel on Oct. 21, 1953, in Waterloo. He died July 2, 1966. She later married Richard A. Thenhaus on Jan. 4, 1974, in Waterloo; he died in June 1987.
She worked as a bookkeeper for Kroblin Transportation in Waterloo, BFC Transportation in Cedar Rapids and Newton Manufacturing and retired in 1993.
Beverly was a lifelong member of Linden United Methodist Church and volunteered with Meals on Wheels. She enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, canning, working puzzle books, reading and spending time with grandchildren. There was no doubt that Bev loved to cook, and she was an excellent one (a trait she picked up from her own mom). Bev’s best days were when she could make a meal for her family, whether it was one daughter or son, an aunt or uncle, or an entire brood. She would always make enough to feed an army, and the best part was when she would send home the extras, especially her pies. They were the best around.
Beverly is survived by her daughter, Debra (Kermit) Larsen of Cedar Falls; son, David (Brenda) Trostel of Newton; son, Donald (Teresa) Trostel of Aurora, Colo.; son, Daniel (Bonnie) Trostel of San Marcos, Calif.; daughter, Diane (John) Redmond of Watkins, Iowa; son, Douglas (Isabel) Trostel of Chesterville, Va.; step-daughter, Kelley (Paul) Mattingly of Newton; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother Dennis (Marcia) Gorsuch of Johnson City, Tenn.; and Aunt Dorothy Bloom, Aunt Mariam Einfelt, Aunt Fonda Stitt and Uncle Raymond Burk, all of Waterloo. She is preceded in death by her parents, husbands, brother Darold and Forest Gorsuch and many aunts and uncles.