Maurine Beal van Harlingen

August 28, 1921 ‒ September 28, 2008

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD~ Maurine Beal van Harlingen, age 87, of Cline Avenue, Mansfield, passed away Sunday evening September 28, 2008 in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital.

She was born August 28, 1921 in Ankenytown to Doyal and Nellie Beal, was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1939 and attended Mansfield Business College.

Blessed with a meticulous mind for mathematics, Maurine had worked as a cost accountant with Gorman Rupp at the Bellville plant.

Maurine had the independent spirit and strong work ethic that she came to rely on as a single parent during the 1960s and 1970s, and held herself, and her family to high standards.

She was always pleased and proud that on limited means, her children were well raised, educated, well read, and had a command of the English language ~ both verbally…and the written word.

She was a member of First Congregational Church, Mansfield Women’s Club and Mansfield Liederkranz. Serious about her bridge playing, Maurine played five days-a-week, at the Women’s Club and Liederkranz, and played a pretty mean hand!

A voracious reader, when Maurine didn’t have a book in her hands, she often held a knitting or crocheting project. Her afghans became treasures, as she used only the finest yarns and most beautiful patterns.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Chris & Lynn Callen of Marengo, her daughter and son-in-law Cindy Callen-Lynch & Attorney Charles Lynch of Mansfield, her son and daughter-in-law Dr. Craig & Dee Callen of Bellville; a stepson James van Harlingen of Mansfield and his family; grandchildren who she adored and loved the company of Adam Callen, Shea Bennett-Callen, Christian Callen, Caitlyn Callen, Meghan Callen, Lauren Callen and Joseph Callen; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

A stalwart friend to many, Maurine was compassionate, always the listening ear, be they lifelong or new-found friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Ary van Harlingen; and brothers Rexford, Russell and James Beal and a sister Maxine Fisher.

A service, acknowledging Maurine’s significance and impact on our world will be held Sunday, October 5, 2008 at 1 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, 350 Marion Avenue (Former Finefrock Funeral Home). The Rev. David Hartzfeld will officiate. Friends may call on the family the hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Private interment will be in Mansfield Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Mansfield Women’s Club or First Congregational Church may be made at the funeral home.

Condolences may be made to the van Harlingen and Callen Families online by visiting: