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Merle M. Beckmeyer

Merle Marie Beckmeyer

Merle Marie Beckmeyer, 93, of Hoyleton, passed away Saturday, December 5, 2020 at Cedarhurst of Centralia.

Merle was born October 1, 1927 in Centralia, daughter of Everett Byars and Harriet (Garrison) Byars. She married Roland Beckmeyer on February 22, 1947 at the First Baptist Church in Centralia and he preceded her in death on February 15, 2019 after 71 years of marriage.

Merle is survived by one son: Mark Beckmeyer and wife Debbie of Hoyleton; a granddaughter: Annamarie Beckmeyer of Hoyleton; two grandsons: Joshua Pokojski of Centralia and Jesse Pokojski and wife Nikki of Centralia; two nieces: Ruth Ann Frizzell and husband Dick of Collinsville and Joyce Rollinson and husband Dan of Summerville, SC.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister: Ruth Edna Walker; a nephew: Gary Vanbuskirk; a sister-in-law: Minnette Fortmeyer, and a brother-in-law: Louis Fortmeyer.

Merle was a member of the Zion Evangelical United Church of Christ in Hoyleton, where she served on the Women’s Guild. Merle enjoyed square dancing with her husband Roland, in their younger years. Merle worked for Midwest Dairy, Gross Style Shop, and JCPenny throughout her life. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family.

Private Family Graveside Services for Merle Beckmeyer will be held at a later date with burial in Zion Evangelical United Church of Christ Cemetery in Hoyleton. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Zion Evangelical United Church of Christ and will be accepted at the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home at 235 North Sycamore Street Centralia, Illinois 62801, (618)532-3523, who is honored to be of service to the Beckmeyer Family. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting or the Funeral Home’s Facebook page.


  1. Anonymous on December 20, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    Mark, so sorry to read of your mother’s passing. Hope you remember me, I was a Senior drummer in the band when you was a Freshman.
    Warren Tiner

  2. Anonymous on December 15, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I always loved seeing Merle at church on Sundays. She always wore heals and was dressed so nicely. I always thought she was a very classy lady. She always spoke to me and asked how I was doing. Thank you Merle for making me feel special. Sympathy to the family.
    Saundra Banning (Nierman)

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