Rita Beck

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Rita D. “Nana” Beck, nee Staley, 91, of Millstadt, IL, born April 24, 1931, in Romford, England, died Monday, May 9, 2022, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Rita’s total passion was her family and devotion to children. For anyone lucky enough to know her as “Nana”, they knew they were special, and she was magical. Rita loved to travel, dance, and listen to music. Her motto was “always keep moving” and she never wasted a day. Deeply missed will be her sweet British accent, beautiful smile, and loving heart.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Rita M. Fuller; a sister, Maureen Staley; a sister-in-law, Chris Staley; a brother-in-law, Tom Tracey; and a cousin, John Pollock.

Surviving are her children, Lynn Beck (Robert) Chastain of Millstadt, IL, Beverly Beck (Steve) Kavookjian of Dadeville, AL, and Karen (Theodore Hirschfeld) Beck of Wake Forest, NC; six grandchildren, Brett (Jennifer Lee) Fuller and Random Fuller, Lauren (Brandon) Von Ohlen, Emily Chastain, Kelsey Kavookjian, and Steven (Kendall) Kavookjian; a son-in-law, William Fuller; a brother, Brian Staley; a sister, Pam Tracey; and many others that call her Nana.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 14, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 14, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.


Private family burial will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.


10 Comments on Rita Beck

Patty said : Guest Report May 16, 2022 at 5:26 PM

Just heard about her passing. So sorry, you have our deepest sympathy. She was such a sweet, kind person and the kids loved (nana) like family. May God comfort you all during this difficult time. Sincerely Dave and Patty Backus

  • Mascoutah
  • Il
James and Michelle Brock said : Guest Report May 15, 2022 at 4:32 PM

Karen and Ted: Our most Sincere Condolences on the loss of your Beautiful Mother~

  • Raleigh
  • NC
Karen (Maschal)Moore & Philip Moore said : Guest Report May 15, 2022 at 8:54 AM

Thinking of all of you & sending love & prayers! Wish I could have come to the visitation to give each of you a big hug! Take care!

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Jim Burdick said : Guest Report May 14, 2022 at 8:38 AM

For Rita's family, I hope that today will bring you all some comfort and tranquility. Rita, was the most wonderful person that I have ever known. Her cheerful sense of humor, positive attitude and strong encouragement helped me through both sad and challenging times in my life. I can't begin to express how blessed I feel having known her. For Rita's family, I will keep all of you folks in my prayers and I will keep Rita's memories in my heart.

  • Wisconsin Rapids
  • Wisconsin
Pam tracy said : Guest Report May 13, 2022 at 8:13 AM

I'm so sorry for your loss I'm thinking of you all. I loved Rita so much and she will be deeply missed.

  • England
  • UK
Dale Breckel said : Guest Report May 13, 2022 at 8:12 AM

I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I know that this is a time of sadness and grief but remember all of the joy and good times she brought to you and your families. You are the evidence of what a great person she was . My God bless you and your families through these trying times. Coach Breckel

  • Breese
  • IL
Charlie, Mary, CJ, and Cathy Webb said : Guest Report May 12, 2022 at 1:40 PM

Dear Beck Family, Your mom was such a wonderful person and “Nana Beck” to so many. She will be fondly remembered. Sincerely, The Webbs Charlie, Mary, CJ, and Cathy

  • Mascoutah
  • Illinois
Renee Burchett said : Guest Report May 12, 2022 at 10:08 AM

Love you You we’re always so sweet and treated us like yours That meant more that you will ever know. So sorry we have lost you. You will always be loved.

  • Winston Salem
  • NC
Angela Kemper said : Guest Report May 12, 2022 at 8:55 AM

I know you all are feeling so much sadness for the loss of your wonderful Mother. She always made me feel like family. She will be truly missed! Love to you all. Angie

  • Port Charlotte
  • FL
Kate (Hund) Engen said : Guest Report May 11, 2022 at 12:39 PM

Dearest Surviving Beck Daughters and Families: It is with a heavy heart that I send you my sincerest sympathy for the loss of your dear sweet mother - "Mom Mrs. Beck"! See, she was known as many titles to many people! And there were many times that just she and I would visit by ourselves at your home on 10th Street when I would stop by and she would be all by her lonesome! I loved to visit with her as she was shy yet such a great conversationalist. She was very well versed and loved the Lord very much. And I loved to hear her laugh and I always felt welcome in her home. Lynn, Bev and Karen - you were blessed in the Mother department. Continue to honor her the rest of your days on earth. Lynn, on behalf of the MCHS graduating Class of 1974, please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of your Mother. May she rest in peace. Amen.

  • Cedar Rapids
  • IA

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