Danville – Mary Helen (Midge) Beiger of Danville, formerly of Champaign, passed away at her daughter Sheryl’s home on July 3rd, 2021 at the age of 92, after a years long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Mary Helen was born May 30, 1929 to Claude C. and Edith H. Smith in South Bend, Indiana, the oldest of three children. She acquired the name Midge at an early age because she was so short. Midge married Charles Henry Beiger, Jr. on August 20, 1949. He preceded her in death in January 2014 after nearly 65 years of marriage after his long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Survivors include her two daughters, Sheryl Lynn Beiger Walsh, Danville, IL and Claudia Sue Beiger Satterthwaite, Hemet, CA, her brother, Claude C. Smith, Jr. of Plymouth, MN, three grandchildren, Heather Renee Walsh, State Line, IN, Alex Satterthwaite, Rantoul and Alexis (Devon) Satterthwaite Newkirk-Stone, Moreno Valley, CA, two step-grandchildren, Brad (Trish) Walsh, Princeton, TX and Greg (Hollie) Walsh, Champaign, IL which she adored. Midge also has 4 great grandchildren, Caleb Adam Lahey and Haylee Jeanette Walsh-Starr of State Line, IN, Mila Satterthwaite of Champaign and Zane Satterthwaite of Rantoul. Also surviving are two former son-in-laws, Jack (Tarri) Walsh, Danville, IL and Mark (Margaret Monty) Satterwaite, Urbana, IL that Midge was always very fond of.
Midge is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Charles, her sister, Judith Ann Smith Polhmann, her in-laws and one nephew.
Midge worked for the Unit 4 school district for 40+ years, lastly as a Librarian at Champaign Centennial High School. She attended DePauw University and was member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, in which she remained active most of her life, including being the National Treasurer. Midge was most known for her approximately 50-year involvement with Sweet Adelines International. She directed the Champaign-Urbana chorus, and started the Danville chorus as their first director 50 years ago. She held many positions within the organization, including Regent of the Illinois/ Indiana area and she sang in too many quartets to count.
Midge and Chuck enjoyed traveling and playing golf. No trip was complete without a few rounds of golf. They both played bridge, Midge received a Masters of bridge, and she enjoyed gardening, sewing, crafts, and entertaining. Having a house full of 40-50 people was a common occurrence at the Beiger household. She adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren, taking them on adventures and creating memories and gifts for them.
In her last years, Midge was wonderfully looked after by her daughter Claudia while still at her home in Champaign, IL from July 2015 until she relocated to Sheryl’s home in Danville in January 2018, where she had been lovingly cared for until her passing.
Midge will be missed by so many people she has known along the way, but she will rejoice to rejoin her beloved husband, Chuck, for a round of golf, a hand of bridge and to ring a few chords with others in old-fashioned Barbershop Harmony.
Celebration of Life Committal service will be held on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 10:30 AM at Turtle Run Circle of Remembrance, 332 East Liberty Lane, Danville, Illinois 61832. Inurnment will be in the Turtle Run Circle of Remembrance. Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center 3940 N Vermilion St., Danville, Illinois 61834 is assisting the family with arrangements.
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